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I have gone to change a spotlight in my bathroom, why would

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i have gone to change a spotlight in my bathroom, why would their be two live, two neutral and two earth cables in one spotlight???
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the new spotlight only has enough for 3 cables not six can i double up in each hole
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
can you tell me how long an answer will take
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

Welcome. My name is ***** ***** would be glad to assist.

Need some more details at this point on the way it is now setup.

Is the existing fixture actually connected to the 2 lives?

Or are 2 wires combined to each other leaving 2 wires for the fixture?

Is there another fixture that works from the same switch?

Are your cables red and black, or are they brown and blue?

Let me know and we can continue,

Thanks

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have changed one spotlight which only had three cables but when i went to change another one there was 6 cables in it 2 of each earth live neutral but the new spotlight only has 3 holes in it what do i do with the six wires
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

Can you provide the answers to the previous questions to understand the situation?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it has 2 live wires in it and as far as i know nothing else works off of it
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

Ok,

The question was:

Is the existing fixture actually connected to the 2 lives?

Or are 2 wires combined to each other leaving 2 wires for the fixture?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have 2 copper wires 2 blue and 2 brown
and yes connected to two lives
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
they all go into the spotlight
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

Ok, so there has to be another light operated from the same switch?

2 light fixtures come on with the same switch , correct?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
can i put two live, two earth and two neutral wires, into one socket?
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

If the terminal is large enough to accept them and tighten down, yes.

But if the 2 browns are not both neutrals, it will short out, that is why I asked the questions to be sure they are supposed to be combined.

Browns can sometimes be used as a live to power a switch

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
okay i will have to try it!
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

They make some separate terminal blocks for combining wires also if there is room in the fixture for them to reside.

CLICK HERE to see

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it has not worked
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

I do not understand the statement, sorry?

You are stating your fixture does not work?

Or the terminals will not accept more than 1 wire?

You can get some other terminal connectors for the situation, as posted earlier if needed.

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