1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

cupboard lighting design options

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by HawkEye244, 18 Sep 2020.

  1. HawkEye244

    HawkEye244

    Joined:
    18 Aug 2008
    Messages:
    3,602
    Thanks Received:
    247
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi all,
    I have a walk in cupboard (big enough to fit a coat rack)
    And I'd like to fit a cupboard light in there.
    Anyone with a flare for design give some advice on lighting options?
    I was thinking one cupboard downlight centrally placed but open to more imaginative options ?
    The upper cupboard is used for storing the usual junk, boxes etc.
    The divide between both cupboards is made of wood (about 30-40mm thick)

    cupboard.jpg
     
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. AndyPRK

    AndyPRK

    Joined:
    4 Jan 2009
    Messages:
    5,179
    Thanks Received:
    486
    Location:
    Herefordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Led strip light at the front
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. HawkEye244

    HawkEye244

    Joined:
    18 Aug 2008
    Messages:
    3,602
    Thanks Received:
    247
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Is it as simple as wiring up to the CU on a 5amp mcb using 1.5mm cable, or is there more involved ?
     
  5. AndyPRK

    AndyPRK

    Joined:
    4 Jan 2009
    Messages:
    5,179
    Thanks Received:
    486
    Location:
    Herefordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Mcbs are usually 6amp

    You can use 1mm cable.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. HawkEye244

    HawkEye244

    Joined:
    18 Aug 2008
    Messages:
    3,602
    Thanks Received:
    247
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Ok then brilliant.
    Hope I can find chrome or even gold finish as it's well above head height.
     
  7. AndyPRK

    AndyPRK

    Joined:
    4 Jan 2009
    Messages:
    5,179
    Thanks Received:
    486
    Location:
    Herefordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    • Like Like x 1
  8. HawkEye244

    HawkEye244

    Joined:
    18 Aug 2008
    Messages:
    3,602
    Thanks Received:
    247
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Excellent.
    What do you think about the sensor version of these lights?
    Saves having to reach up every time
    Can these be hardwired to the CU directly or do they need a plug socket ?
     
  9. AndyPRK

    AndyPRK

    Joined:
    4 Jan 2009
    Messages:
    5,179
    Thanks Received:
    486
    Location:
    Herefordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Oh I didn’t know a sensor version existed. Do they still have a switch on the side incase of failure ?
     
  10. Sponsored Links
  11. HawkEye244

    HawkEye244

    Joined:
    18 Aug 2008
    Messages:
    3,602
    Thanks Received:
    247
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I think I'll stick with your suggestion.
    I've no idea about the PIR version and don't really want to experiment.
    Have a few PIRs in a rental but they are located in a hallway
     
  12. Notch7

    Notch7

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2017
    Messages:
    19,544
    Thanks Received:
    1,366
    Location:
    Sussex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I fitted an under cabinet kitchen strip light

    https://www.toolstation.com/led-link-lights/p59732

    In my understairs cupboard
    And I used an open to make switch on the door.

    It's brilliant, the light fills the the space and opening the door turns the light on.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. HawkEye244

    HawkEye244

    Joined:
    18 Aug 2008
    Messages:
    3,602
    Thanks Received:
    247
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Any chance you can do a diagram of that setup?
    Do you mean the architrave switches?
     
  14. securespark

    securespark

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2004
    Messages:
    34,984
    Thanks Received:
    1,108
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    You can buy PTM switches (push to make) that can be recessed using a metal box into the door casing. They are a bit like the switch on a car door that turns on the courtesy light.
     
  15. securespark

    securespark

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2004
    Messages:
    34,984
    Thanks Received:
    1,108
    Country:
    United Kingdom
  16. AndyPRK

    AndyPRK

    Joined:
    4 Jan 2009
    Messages:
    5,179
    Thanks Received:
    486
    Location:
    Herefordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    You don’t want push to make.
     
  17. whall3y

    whall3y

    Joined:
    4 Sep 2020
    Messages:
    47
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Indeed, push-to-break !
     
Loading...

Share This Page