02:56AM | 10/17/06
Member Since: 10/16/06
2 lifetime posts
Hello There.

We had a blown bulb in our kitchen, which I replaced. However, on flicking light switch ON, bulb blew and blue sparks flashed. Checked Fuse Board, and 5amp wire fuse had blown. Powered off ALL electrics at board, and removed fuse - Black scorching is in the fuse holder. Replaced 5Amp fuse wire, and powered electrics back on. Checked other 2 main lights downstairs but no joy. Replaced bulbs, but still nothing. Powered electrics OFF again, and checked original faulty light fitting - Looked OK, but as it had blown I replaced this with a new fitting (all cables appear intact). Tried lights again, but still no joy - Fuse is in place and new fuse wire is still OK.

Is there anything I can check before calling an electrian out?

Thanks in advance for any help.

doug seibert

04:27AM | 10/17/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
You can find more information about your British electrical system by posting on this UK site:

"...measure once.....cut twice....throw that one away and cut a new one...."


04:56AM | 10/17/06
Member Since: 10/16/06
2 lifetime posts
Aha - Will have a look on there.

Thanks for the quick response!
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