I've done this before, but maybe because I'm replacing a ceiling fan with a pendant light the wiring is different.

I have 3 brown wires, with one live 1 Earth (No neutral wire.) This is the end of the loop. Nothing I can find is dependent on this.

When the switch is on, the power L going to the pendant is 240. When the switch is off there is no power.

I'm just a bit stumped:(


Artistic impression of my set up that's not working


  • You're stuffed without a neutral wire. Are you sure it's not dropped inside the hole?
    – Finbarr
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 10:51
  • And is the terminal marked "LOOP" permanently live?
    – Finbarr
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 10:52
  • One of the Brown wires was the neutral, I switched it to the neutral spot and it's working fine now. Could that be right?
    – JohnnyQ
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 11:52
  • It's not been wired in accordance with the regulations so all bets are off, frankly. If a brown wire is used as a neutral it should be identified with a bit of blue tape.
    – Finbarr
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 13:49

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One of the brown wires was acting as a neutral, I switched one of the wires into the neutral spot and the light switch is working fine now.

If anyone knows why there is 3 brown wires please let me know. (old wiring?)

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