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Old 06-07-20, 02:55 AM
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UK style ceiling LED wiring connector HELP

Hi, I am in a ex-British colony. Anyone familiar with UK-style home lighting wiring connectors?

Question 1.

People here use these wierd “choc block” connectors to connect wires. No body here use the twist-on connectors so common in the States.

I am replacing the LED driver for the bathroom LED light (15 watt).
Problem is the new LED driver have teenie weenie gauge wires.
I got smallest “choco block” (3 mm)...but the wire is so small, I am scared the connection is not secured enough. I went ahead and installed it as is...but am worried.



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Old 06-07-20, 02:58 AM
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Question 2.

I went back to the electrical store, and asked the lady there. She recommend these “quick release” style connector. It is spring acting...no screw.

Are these acceptable on very small wires for ceiling lights 15w? I read that these connector is designed for speaker wiring.



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here is my complete wiring...

On the right is the “quick release” connector.

Between the LED light and the driver is a “choc block” connector.

The driver wires are so thin, that I feel the connectors might not be secure enough, if i really yank hard.

Like if some ham fisted handyman is working near this setup.


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You're good. The worst that could happen is the handyman gets electrocuted, bursts into flames and eventually the entire neighborhood burns. I'll be fine even though I am also in a former British colony.
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Our former colonial master made everyone use these choc block, which seems like a pita. When i turn the screw down, the wire wants to move to the side where it does not get clamp. i have to center the wire carefully, so the screw push down center of wire.
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Probably designed for multistrand wire, if the gauge of singlestrand you are using isn't too big try doubling it back a little so you have a double strand at the tip. Good luck.
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As long as the wires don't pull out with a simple tug they should be fine. Do you know what the wire's gauge and rating is? That would be more crucial than the connector. The 'chock-block' connectors look like the 'Molex'-style used in electrical equipment here in the USA. We'd run equipment using far more than 15W of power through those. I also note you have the different 'commonwealth' color-coded cable (Blue/Brown/Yellow?); make sure those are properly connected (hot, neutral, ground).
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As long as the wires don't pull out with a simple tug they should be fine. Do you know what the wire's gauge and rating is? That would be more crucial than the connector. The 'chock-block' connectors look like the 'Molex'-style used in electrical equipment here in the USA. We'd run equipment using far more than 15W of power through those. I also note you have the different 'commonwealth' color-coded cable (Blue/Brown/Yellow?); make sure those are properly connected (hot, neutral, ground).
I dont know the gauge rating, but the copper wire is very thin. It is like half as thin as the pic below. I folded the tip back to “double” the thickness.

Molex? No. The choc block has a screw to tighten... is like this...



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And in addition to thin it's prolly single strand, right? Or is it multi strand? In the picture that is multistrand.
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And in addition to thin it's prolly single strand, right? Or is it multi strand? In the picture that is multistrand.
multi strand.
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