How to install a new light fitting
Add new lighting in your home to create ambience - or simply to make the place brighter! If you're keen on learning how, then read this guide on installing new lighting.
Level of difficulty
Level 2: Intermediate
What you need
- Circuit tester
- Wire strippers
- Insulating tape
- Power drill
- Ceiling rose
- Light fixture
The steps to follow
Disconnecting the ceiling rose
- Turn off all mains power to the lighting circuit.
- Use a circuit test to verify that the entire circuit is shut off.
- Unscrew the ceiling rose cover to expose the circuit wiring.
- If there is just one circuit cable present, connecting the light will be an easy task. However if there are two or more cables present and the rose is a loop-in type, then you’ll need to install a second spur cable to allocate the additional light which will be controlled by the same switch.
- Remove the screws that are holding the flex core to the terminals and set them aside.
- Disconnect the cable cores from their terminals.
- Unscrew and remove the ceiling rose base plate and set it aside.
Planning the connections
- The new light fitting will depend on whether or not a new connection can be installed in the base plate.
- Link the circuit wiring with a small plastic connector block to the flex core. Fit a conduit box flush to the ceiling surface and secure the base plate to it.
- Draw the cables up above the light, into the ceiling void.
- Hold the conduit box against the ceiling surface and draw its outline.
- With a saw, cut around the line to remove the off-cut.
- Fit the conduit box in the hole.
Try to fit the light fitting between the two joists.
- Screw the conduit box to the underside of the batten.
Making the connections
- Reconnect the cables to the new light fitting. Feed the cable into the conduit box to connect them to the flex core of the light fitting.
- If there is one circuit cable, link three connectors to the cable cores.
- If there are two or more circuit cables, one will be a switch cable and the others will be the lighting circuit cables.
- If the black cable core is live, wrap it in red insulating tape.
- Restore the mains power and test the new light fitting.
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