New light in the loft?

17 Dec 2004
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I would like to fit a light in my loft. What is the best way to achieve this?
There is a light switch beneath the loft hatch would it be ok to change this for a double switch and use one for the loft light and the other for the stairs?

dean :?:
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easiest way is to take a spur from a light in an upstairs room, put a switch next to the hatch inside the loft and to the light. you can change the single switch to a 2gang switch but that means chasing the wall to put the new cable in
if the existing light switch is fed by a two core cable which brings in power and takes it out to the light, and this is running in some sort of tube, then you may be able to pull it out and replace it with a three core. One core to supply power, two to take it out from separate switches to the two lights. Make sure there is enough space before you pull it out, use the existing cable to pull a string through to pull the new one back.

If there is just a three core cable already, then likely it is for two-way switching. Which is quite likely on a landing, which is where loft traps often are.

Do you really want a loft light switch in the hall below where people will switch it by mistake and not realise they have turned on the loft light?
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Thanks for your input, you have a point about people switching on the loft light by mistake.
I might just call an electician to fit the light.


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