Whether you are Moving or Improving – Let’s talk Lights
Over the years I have fitted a LOT of lights and throughout this post I will give some ideas and photos.
The main reason I get called (which is quite funny!) is that the husband has “had a go”. Then an annoyed wife calls and says “PLEASE can you come and sort out light out. Husband tried but now the power keeps tripping!”
And also, some are just a bit risky without the right equipment (Outside lights or tall ceilings).
Here are some examples:
1. The “good old” pendant
Sometimes I get asked to replace them (or convert from a “slow” old CF type). They also quite often get damaged or cracked (especially the part that holds the shade). Sometimes the cable has pulled out, so it’s quicker to just replace it! Care has to be taken that the screws don’t go through cables (above the ceiling). Also that the cables don’t get nipped.
As you are probably well aware by now, you can get LED lamps to fit these. HOWEVER use only reputable brands as many of the cheapies have been found to be fire hazards (due to the cheap components overheating).
2. Chandeliers and Wall Lights
Whether a high ceiling or low ceiling, these take a bit more skill to fit. In addition to the cables not getting damaged, these usually weigh significantly more and have a certain “knack” to it. If it’s your first time it could take you hours (seriously!). But for me … Well after doing a few thousand of them … You know what i’m saying!
These are getting common now BUT I do not recommend the low voltage type. This is simply because as well as having to keep changing halogen lamps regularly, you also have the transformers to keep replacing!
So GU10 mains fittings are best. HOWEVER you must also fit Fire Rated type in most cases. Additionally in bathrooms these need to be a different type again if close to the shower or bath.
Again these will take standard lamps or LED version.
4. Kitchen Unit Lights
Whether it’s under-cupboard lighting or plinth lights, many people still have the old fluorescent tube type installed. HOWEVER with the low cost of LED lights now AND low running cost, these are the more common option.
5. Outside Lights
Want to light up the drive as the car pulls in? Or if someone walks around your property?
Or maybe you just want a lower light to act as an effect light, or to be able to see the keyhole when coming back from the pub?
6. Offices and Specialist lighting
Here’s some more to leave you with, in case you need some influence for the office or shop!