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Question by Dudley Doing It Wrong
Submitted on 2/14/2004
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I am attempting to replace a bathroom light fixture. I found only a black and white electrical supply wires, but the instructions for the new light said that there should also be a ground conductor wire. I connected the black and white wires to the new light, but when I tried to turn it on my circuit breaker kept cutting off. I disconnected the light from the electricity, but now even disconnected when I turn the switch for that light on the circuit breaker cuts off. Do you have any idea what I should be doing?

Answer by Wolfduke
Submitted on 7/5/2007
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The light MUST be connected to an earth wire. You will need a "competent person" (i.e. an electrician) to do this in accordance with UK law.

The reason the circuit breaker keeps cutting out is because the item in question is not earthed, thus triggering the safety mechanism of the trip switch. In all honesty you are very lucky not to have been electricuted as appliances that should have been earthed but are not tend to carry an electrical current.

Hope this answers your question.


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