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    whats the best way to connect these wires up? keeping in mind the connections have to be hidden in a 16mm stainless steel tube, so choc blocks are out of the question... im no electrician but i can join a few wires so any help would be appreciated.

    each lamp coming off the light has 2 wires, and i know my earth has to be somwhere on the structure. im thinking a bolt placed through one of the base holes would be an ideal earthing point.



    could i use something like this to connect the 3 brown wires of the lights to the live, and likewise the 3 blue wires to the neutral, and have some heatshrink around the connections? im under the impressions connecting 3 wires into one of these isn't safe?


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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    What power are the lights?

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    220-240v , 50/60hz, each light 50w GU10 bulbs

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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    I would use some [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]for inside the tube going to each light. 3 amp cable is more than up to the job. For connecting them all together I like to use [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] but the double ended ones like the ones in your picture will do the job. Just make sure there is no exposed copper and maybe use some heatshrink sleeving over them as well.

    As long as there is very good metal to metal contact between the stand and the lamps one earth connection to the base should be fine.

    Use 6 amp three core from the wall socket to the lamp base. Fit a 3 amp fuse in the plug. (">
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    nice one mate. i had already bought some 3 core cable (hd3vv-f 3g0.5mm), i suspect this is ok, but i dont have the box anymore. also wired it up to a 13amp plug, but i did suspect this was way too much....

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    im talking crap... this is the cable i bought:

    H03VV-F 3G0.5mm2 13A 250V
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    Wire in series with all terminations at the rear of each lamp, that way you only have one feed to contend with and then you put inline a switch and end with a plug.

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    making the terminations at the end of each lamp will be difficult as the lamps will be welded on and not easily removed.... the above is the way i was thinking ... with the cable terminations at the base of the light...

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    like this realist?


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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    Quote Originally Posted by CallmeGoose View Post


    making the terminations at the end of each lamp will be difficult as the lamps will be welded on and not easily removed.... the above is the way i was thinking ... with the cable terminations at the base of the light...
    That's the way. I see you have removed the outer pvc covering which is fine because it is enclosed in the tube, but make sure there are no sharp areas where the lamps connect to the tube or anywhere else that may cut through the single insulation. (">

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBird View Post
    That's the way. I see you have removed the outer pvc covering which is fine because it is enclosed in the tube, but make sure there are no sharp areas where the lamps connect to the tube or anywhere else that may cut through the single insulation. (">
    because the lights were part of a ceiling light, there was no outer insulation - but what i may do i put a run of heat shrink over it for extra protection

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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    In the diagrams you have them wired in parallel, in your photo they are wired in series. I would wire them in parallel (all blues joined together and all browns joined together)

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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    Why would you wire them in series, unless you like a very dim light.
    As per "Soulassassin", all blues together, all brown's together i.e wired in parallel.

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    thanks folks. parallel it is! :-)


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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    goose you tig welder by any chane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempralflux View Post
    goose you tig welder by any chane?
    no why?


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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    Bespoke lamp came to mind. that's all! made of stainless steel.

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    it is my custom lamp project. Full thread here

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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    P.S.
    I would use these "Wago" connectors to join the wires in the base, provided you have a bit of room. Very handy, better than those crimps (imho) and no tools required.

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    Default Re: Best way to wire this?

    Quote Originally Posted by spraky View Post
    P.S.
    I would use these "Wago" connectors to join the wires in the base, provided you have a bit of room. Very handy, better than those crimps (imho) and no tools required.

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    If they fit inside a 16mm stainless tube that would be great!


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