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Downlights installation

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Kantilal Tanna, 21 Oct 2017.

  1. Kantilal Tanna

    Kantilal Tanna

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    Hi,
    I want an electrician to install 5 watts 32-40 led downlights in semi-detach house which has through lounge and 3 bedrooms.

    Please can anyone suggest how much should this roughly cost with material or without materials.

    The house has been recently retired with new fuse board.

    Any suggestions are welcome.

    Thank you.
     
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    An onsite electrician is the best person to quote.

    That is an awful lot of lights. Could you not find a better way of lighting it?

    e.g. down lighters in a bedroom are awful when lying in bed.
     
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    At £40 - £60 per item installed, £2000 would not be unexpected.
     
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    Agree with flameport. At £60 per point, which is what the company I work for charges. It’s £2400+VAT for 40. I would budget around £2500 for the work.
     
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    i agree as above my mate just had some done by bellway homes and paid 60 a point. that said i think if you shop round you could get that down to around 25-35 depending on how many and how they are laid out in each room. Just make sure you dont get cowboy fitters that dont get the insulation into the fitting and leave the cable grips off etc. it may seem cheap but later it can cost if pulled on an eicr. that said my mate had his done by a contractor for bellway and the outer sheath of the t&e is stripped about an inch back from the fittings JB and then the single insulated cable is clamped by a pretty much useless clamp. I told him tO get them back but although they did admit fault right away after some bluffing he decided to leave it (idiot) anyway goes to show that even at 60 quid a shot you can get a **** poor job.
     
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    Of course, it's a lot more if you've just covered the floors with laminate, wood or tiled flooring.
    There's no way of estimating a job like this on an Internet forum. You need to find 3 electricians to give you a quote.
     
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    My suggestion is that if you want lights to light up rooms you should use lights which are designed to light up rooms, not lights which are designed to not light up rooms.

    Note - the end of that is precisely worded. These lights are worse than "not designed to do...." - they are actually "designed to not do...."

    Think about it - if they were any good at lighting up rooms why on earth would you need such a vast number of them?

    As Winston said, they are horrible things in bedrooms, ditto bathrooms. Plus in bathrooms you need sealed enclosures over them or you'll be in contravention of the Building Regulations (which might not bother you) because otherwise warm moist air will get into the loft where it can condense and rot the roof timbers (which ought to bother you).

    You may need enclosures over all the ones on the top floor, if they need clearance from the thermal insulation which you must reinstate over them all.

    And then at the end of the day you've got a house which you've made look like a shop, terribly lit by what is in effect a load of torches recessed into the ceiling, and one which you've made harder to sell, as more and more people are realising that that sort of lighting is awful, and the effort to replace it all far too high.

    Here's a recent example: https://www.diynot.com/diy/threads/can-anyone-identify-these-crap-downlights.491138/ Simon is not unusual - what chance do you think someone like that would ever be interested in buying your house after you'd ruined the ceilings?

    Don't do it.

    Seriously - completely change your plans.
     
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