Adding an Inline LightWave RF Dimmer Switch


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Old 10-28-15, 10:30 AM
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Adding an Inline LightWave RF Dimmer Switch

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Hi All.

In our En-suite we have 3 MR16 downlighters, a bathroom cabinet( that incorporates two small halogen spot lights and a shaver socket, all controlled by a pull cord switch.

I would like to remove the pull cord switch and replace it with A Lightwave RF inline dimmer switch which is controlled remotely. The connections on the this are pretty basic live and neutral in and out and two earths.

I therefore thought that it was going to be simple job of wiring it up, however I just cant get my head around the wires in the loft and where to put this switch.

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This photo shows the wires concerned. In summary there are 6 cables in total, one of these is 4 core the others are 3. 5 of the live wires all join in the terminal as can be seen and so do the earths and so do the neutrals.

My confusion is around the cable coming up from the bottom right of the photo which ran to the pull cord. The Black wire from this goes into the connector block in the middle of the photo and this then goes directly into another light fitting so this must be a live wire after the pull cord. That means that the red wire coming from that pull cord ( again wire coming from the bottom right of the photo ) is joining with all of the other red wires, this is the bit that is throwing me as surely this is the live before it goes into the switch, therefore surely there is a live feed going to all of the lights prior to the pull cord. Of course it may be that its perfectly ok to have a pull cord anywhere in the circuit ?

Ie i would suspect to see Live feed - into switch - into lights. Is it possible that its live feed - lights - switch ?

Can someone just help my telling me where in that bundle i wire in the new inline switch please. Any help really appreciated

The photo is on its side so when i refer to bottom right its actually right side top

Thanks

Darren
 

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Old 10-28-15, 11:06 AM
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This is primarily a North American forum. What you show in the picture wouldn't even be legal here. It will be hard for anyone here to guess just looking at a group of wires plus pull cord switches are not normally use for lighting with the exception of ceiling fans and one type of fixture seldom used in finished spaces.
 
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Old 10-28-15, 11:54 AM
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Ah - sorry, I didnt realise it was an american forum.

Pull cord switches are found in most bathrooms in the UK - but if I was you I would steer clear of them !

Some one might have an idea but I will also try to find a uk forum

Darren
 
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Old 10-28-15, 12:36 PM
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They were common here seventy years ago but you can't even find them to buy them with exception of one type of fixture used in unfinished spaces and on ceiling fans lights. My comment here about your connections was because they are not enclosed in a fire rated box. Here they must be.
 
 

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