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RCD TRIPPED handle with care!
on 28 August 2015
Well made and quick delivery "So why only three stars?"
All round these are a well constructed, and robust lights, but; don't you just hate it when there's a "but" after connecting these lights to my outside socket newly installed as well "Bang" the house RCD unit tripped.
What followed was 2 hours of checking everything; starting with the new socket then the plug, next the junction boxes, then finally the lights themselves. After disconnecting the second light the RCD stopped tripping out.
Which then left me with a dilemma, do I return the faulty light which would set the job back god knows how long, or strip the lamp to find the fault and risk invalidating any warranty.
It did not take long to find the fault; these lamps are metal cased, and therefore must be earthed, and because they are designed to work with halogen bulbs which get really hot the two wires leading away from the ceramic holder are heat resistant. Where these then connect to the external wire leading out of the back of the unit; the wires are joined by the wire casing being stripped back on both types of wire, and then twisted together over which a conical shaped holder is screwed onto, theoretically holding and isolating the wires, unfortunately on the live they had left a strand of wire protruding, and this was touching the outer case " Thank god for earth wires, and British standards" This was a potentially lethal fault.
Now I am willing to believe this is a rare incident but I would urge you to make sure that ALL earth wires are fitted before switching these units on!
Would I buy again? These are good units shame one was let down by such bad workmanship, I do need two more at the moment I am in two minds 50/50