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Light bulb blew last night and now light won't turn on

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AyesToTheRight Sun 02-Oct-11 09:23:05

Light bulb in the living room (light fitting, not a plug in light) blew last night and fused that circuit. Am presuming it has fused something as even with a new lightbulb it won't turn on.

Have never experienced this before - is it likely to be something in the fuse box or in the circuitry somewhere? And is it something I should be able to sort out (or can I call the letting agents about it tomorrow?)

Blueberties Sun 02-Oct-11 09:24:46

Where is your fuse box? For a let property I'm sure there are rules about an easily accessible fuse box - it will just be a switch which has flipped down and you need to flip up.

ginmakesitallok Sun 02-Oct-11 09:24:53

Check your fuse box - in our house if a ceiling light blows it flips one of the switches in the fuse box - just needs to be flipped back again. If it is a fuse then you should be able to sort it yourself

Blueberties Sun 02-Oct-11 09:25:11

Don't call an electrician btw, it's a waste of money! It's a very simple thing.

heggertyhaggerty Sun 02-Oct-11 09:25:21

Where is your fuse box? If you go and find that, there will be a tripped switch on it somewhere, and all you have to do is flick it back up. (presuming it's a modern one). I don't know much about the old fashioned ones, might need to go and get a new fuse from the corner shop and replace it but take the old one with you to make sure it's the right amp.

Hopefully it's a modern board and you can just flick the switch back on.

AyesToTheRight Sun 02-Oct-11 09:27:10

I did flip the switch on the fuse box back by the way grin. Am fairly useless but not that bad!

AyesToTheRight Sun 02-Oct-11 09:28:20

But the other lighting switches on the same circuit are OK - it's just this particular light (ie all the lights went off but when I flicked the switch the others all went back on again). So I can't quite see how it could be a fuse for that circuit as the other lights still work.

Blueberties Sun 02-Oct-11 09:29:28

grin oh well yes you need to call the agent

sorry about the grandmothers and egg-sucking thing grin

IDrinkFromTheirSkulls Sun 02-Oct-11 09:29:39

Is it the fuse in the lamp?

IDrinkFromTheirSkulls Sun 02-Oct-11 09:30:25

Sorry just seen it's not a plug in light! blush

AyesToTheRight Sun 02-Oct-11 09:31:49

I suppose it could be but am not sure how you'd get to it (it's a ceiling light fitting). There are times when I wish I were more practical (should single parents be better?) but somehow I'm not sure H would have been any better when he was here grin

AyesToTheRight Sun 02-Oct-11 09:32:34

Am realising not saying I had flicked the switch in the fuse box did make me appear especially daft grin

heggertyhaggerty Sun 02-Oct-11 09:34:30

Sounds like something is up with the light fitting itself then.

I would leave it alone till you've got an electrician coming from the agents. Don't mess with it yourself or you could be liable if something goes wrong. They are paid to sort this kind of thing out.

I had a light I left on all night and it went off by itself, I assumed the bulb had gone. I switched it on and off and it still worked, hmm so left it on and once again it turned off. I think it was overheating so I've not used it since. Luckily it was a cheap plug in one . Lights do go wrong.

heggertyhaggerty Sun 02-Oct-11 09:35:26

Ayes...I didn't think you were daft. Only explained about fuse box because I've never lived in a house where ALL the lights go off when a bulb blows so the first time it did it here, I was totally confused grin

HoneyPablo Sun 02-Oct-11 09:38:50

It is probably the light fitting itself. Call the agent and let them replace it. Don't touch it. When DH replaced the very old light fittings in the lounge he discovered that the electrical wires were just twisted together shock I think it had been there since the 1980s.

Blueberties Sun 02-Oct-11 09:39:05

I've been a landlord and the standards now are incredibly high, fuses have to be very very sensitive to pass a safety thing. We just had a new kitchen put in and in order for he kitchen to be guaranteed and insured an all that we had to replace a perfectly good fuse box and hob which i was going to reuse just because of the EU fuse safety thing.

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