shock from light switch

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chrismith33

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hi everyone, bit of a random question but when i switch my light on i keep getting a little electric shock, any1 and clues. thanks loads.,
 

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standard plastic light switch or is it brass or s/steel ?

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Plus if it is metal and suitably earthed then it might be a static discharge...

thinking back to my shell suit days lmao I used to get terrible shocks from my car as the nylon football shirts and tracksuits would cause a charge to build up only to discharge through me when I touched something at earths potential...

if you are comming into contact with a live potential then you must also be earthed elsewhere for a current to pass, depending on what protection you have would have tripped the house out eg... rcd, unless you have a split board with lights not on the rcd side lol.....

not a lot of people know that a live wire can be touched as long as the person touching it does not come into contact with something at a different potential ( do not try this at home !!!!!) that why birds that sit on live wires do not have an electric shock.....

can you elaborate on your problem ?

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Sounds like some cabling gone wrong. could be a number of things but most likely a poor earth. A mouse could also have chewed through one of the wires causing a problem.

Get yourself a tester and a volt meter and trace back the loop to your fuse box, then do it again with the power off. Should be very cheap to sort out but it will take a bit of time
 

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I was going to say it souds like static to me:)

If you keep your finger on it and you get a tingle, it maybe an electrical fault, but if it is a short sharp zap then its most probably static:)
 

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thanks every1, the housing in the wall is metal and the light switch is a standard plastic one. (its an inside switch) thanks again for the replys,
 

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Lick it...

see what happens :D

lol ffs its not a 9v battery, try standin in a bucket of water and swtch the light on.
this will tell you if its an earthing problem, unfortunately you wont be around to report the fault : multi :
 

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right guys, on a serious note !!!!!!!!

no one knows what protection is in place for prevention for harm to individuals in this particular case ???

comments that are made as a joke can be taken as gospel by others that know no better...

look in the interest in health and safety and what could potentially be a libel case against the site such comments and replies be only made by qualified and suitably insured people ????

As you appear to have no qualified electrical experience and as a representitive of this web site I recommend that you "seek proffesional qualified advice"

dont use the light switch until it has been deemed safe for you and others including children to use.....

hope you stay safe

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on a serious note you should have it checked ASAP by an electrician, could be a cause of someones death if it is faulty. probably your own.

probably better closed now before you follow some of these and do harm yourself, get advice from an electrican
 
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