These cables were routed directly above the halogen bulb in a non fire rated downlight, thankfully the dimmer had also failed as this was a serious fire risk

cables burnt by halogen lighting in great linford

This is an example of Green Goo or Greening, it is caused by the plasticiser leaking out of the cable insulation and effects houses built between 1965 and 1971

Green Goo brickhill electrical services ltd.greening brickhill electrical services ltd.

I was called out to find out why these garden electrics were tripping the RCD to find this mess. None of the connections were weatherproof and many had ants nests inside.

ants nest inside garden light fittinginsulating tape used as an attempt at damp proofingnon IP rated enclosures used outside