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Remove a wall light... safely!

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by DIYDave2019, 13 Oct 2019.

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    Fairly simple (I hope), but struggling to get my head around it. 3 lights on a the pictured switch. No other switches control these lights. I want to take down the wall light witch is switched by the right hand button as pictured, what do I do?!
     
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    Are there two black conductors at the light?
     
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    If you don't intend fitting a replacement wall light ,and want to make the wall good so there is no sign of a light ever being there ,then the cable needs to be traced and disconnected at its source. Which will probably be a junction box . or stripped out .If the cable comes down to the fitting ,the junction box is likely to be above the ceiling.
     
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    At the light, there is a twin and earth cable. The same at the other wall light. All I want to do is remove one wall light fitting and make safe for the time being, whilst still being able to control the other wall light and main light.

    Removing the bridge over the commons and disconnecting the neutral from switch 3 does the trick in terms of it working how I would like, but it cannot be good to have a neutral taped up and out of action???
     
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    You can remove the switch wires (the Red link on the right and black) so it doesn't get power fed (the Neutral with still be connected)but there must be a junction box somewhere if that's the case. Are you decorating or actually removing the light completely?
     
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    The black conductor at the switch is not a neutral ,its the switched live. The black conductor at the wall light however is the neutral.
    If you do as chivers says above you will be taking out the red bridge wire ( which is making the third switch live ) and also taking out the black switched live ,all good. However the cable at the wall will still have the neutral and earth conductors connected to the circuit. So terminate the three conductors at the wall in a 3 terminal insulated connector block, temporarily.
     
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