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#1 walshie

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 06:30 am

We've got spotlights in the bathroom that use those GU10 bulbs. Is there a transformer or something in the light fitting?

 

Recently they have started flickering and going dim, then back to normal, all in a few seconds. Next day they are fine again.

 

The other night, in the middle of my crossword  :laugh: they went out completely and stayed off. I went to the light switch and switched it off then on again and they worked perfectly.  :hmm:

 

Would a new light fitting sort it or should i get a sparks to have a look?



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:34 am

Not a sparky but there should be a transformer up there somewhere. Or maybe a loose wire we ad the same problem in are living room and turned out to be a loose conection
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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:42 am

The old recess lights had transformers the new gu10 led lights dont the bulb could be dodgy swap the bulbs around and see does it sort it. Most of those lights with the 50 tiny bulbs are crap and half the little bulbs flicker before they blow.
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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:43 am

GU10 are usually 240v  with no transformer.  Halogen GU10`s are a pain in the arse and you should bin them and fit LED lamps instead.

 

12V systems with transformers are usually GU5.3


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 11:41 am

could be the actual pin connector that the bulb plugs into if its the 5.3/transformer jobs !they get overheated and the 2 wires start to short at the back a RIGHT PITA  :thumbs:  CAREFUL if you mess yourself, and if not sure get a sparks in :thumbs: 

as rab said bin them and get leds in. worse thing invented both of them  nowt but hassel   :yes:



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 12:06 pm

I've actually got led bulbs in them. I'll give it the once over to see if it's anything obvious then get someone in. 

 

If the wire feels tingly, does that mean it's live?  :D



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:43 pm

Fanny.  If yeh dinnae post in the next few days we`ll ken the wires were live.


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:51 pm

are the lights on a dimmer switch if so could be the dimmer its self on the way out as the light will pulse and flicker if so common fault with dimmers. 



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:54 pm

Not on a dimmer. It's the regular bathroom pull string



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 09:03 pm

ahh could be moisture and the fiitings getting damp into them got a single sealed ( top notch bathroom light so i was lead to belive ) in ours but when the steam builds a little while later when you go back in it can flicker then settle down . have a check..



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 09:23 pm

How hard can it be? 

 

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 09:42 pm

Are they all flickering and going dim at the same time, or are they doing it individually?

If they are all doing it together, it would indicate a loose wire or faulty switch.



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 10:38 pm

All at the same time. 



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 10:46 pm

If it was me, I would change the pull switch first or disconnect the pull switch and connect the live wires together so the lights are permanently on. If that didn't work then I would drop the fittings out one by one starting with the one nearest the switch and check for loose connections. They will most likely be daisy chained together.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 10:47 pm

Make sure you pull the fuse or turn off the breaker first :)
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