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I am changing a light...
I am changing a light fitting and the old fitting had a Red (Active) Black (Neutral) Yellow & Green (Earth) but also has a white... I have isolated the white and connected the others and the light stays on permanently?? how do you suggest I fix this?
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Electrician: machinc, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago
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machinc, Electrical Technician
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Experience: AC/DCElectricity / Relay and apparatus/circuit reading/ 30 yrs Bell South
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  1. Isolate the red wire
  2. Connect the white wire where the red was.
  3. Test the operation from the light switch
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Electrician: machinc, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

​If this does not fix the problem I will be glad to work with you and answer any questions you may have.

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