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    Problem with outside lights

    Hey guys I was just wondering if you could help me out please,I installed 2 outside lights eurolux FS96 floodlights about 2 months ago and been working fine.Yesterday the power was off most of the day,when they were suppose to come on the lamps started flickering and only 1 came on,tonight there doing the same one flickers and the other one doesn't do a thing.I checked the voltage and it was 183v at the light fitting then I checked the power at the mains and it was 189V,the sockets were 180v.do you think the power could be affecting the lights?

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    190 volts is very low. better get eskom in there quick before your appliances fry.

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    Wow, 180v at the sockets! I'm surprised anything electronic is working in that house. I would test the lights on a 220v supply before going any further. Why is the voltage so low? Is the neutral voltage elevated? I would run the usual barrage of tests at the incoming supply and see if the problem is in the house or Eskom.
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    Morning guys,I checked the sockets this morning and the voltage was 197 and the same at the mains.I never done any other tests but I will do when I get home and I will let you guys know.

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    Power out for most of the day.
    Voltage problems there after.
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    The municipality came out this morning and they said the clips on the mains cable in the street weren't on correctly and it was a new cable that was installed a few weeks back.there is now 210v at the mains and the outside lights are working.
    The tester is brand new and so are the batteries

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    Well 210volts is still a little on the low side but a step in the right direction from being in the 180's range. Might be worth putting the installation under a decent load and rechecking the DB supply voltage and neutral-earth voltage etc. Glad to hear it's all working again anyway.
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    at least its not 380 volts. i have seen a few times where city council gets mixed up and then they have to kak en betaal

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