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Removing fluorescent fixture & extending wiring?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by alan.1, 7 Aug 2021.

  1. alan.1

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    Hello all, I have a very unsightly fluorescent fixture I'd like to get rid of and replace with a more pleasant modern pendant.

    The only problem is that I'd like the pendant to be in the middle of the ceiling (green X on the photo), which would be about halfway into the tube on the first picture, and I believe there is probably no wiring that extends to that part of the ceiling, I feel as if it ends near the start of the tube fixture (red X on the photo). My question is, how can I safely remove the entire fixture, ballast, etc and extend the cables to reach the new pendant? Is it a simple case of buying more wiring, stripping and crimping wire and trunking it? Thanks all. I'd like to do this the safe way & up to regs.

    Please do excuse the trunking and popcorn ceiling. I peeked inside the junction box beside the fixture and uploaded photos of it too. I thought to ask here first before removing the actual fixture and checking the wiring as I didn't want my kitchen to be light-less whilst I scrambled to sort out the missing lighting.

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    That wiring most likely already extends to the centre of the fluorescent fitting, almost all of them have the connections near the centre, not at one end.
     
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    That's a great bit of news, thanks. Any idea what that junction box is for? Could I get rid of it and feed the cables via trunking straight into the new pendant?
     
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    Not sure what the purpose of that box is other than looking an eyesore! One piece of trunking would be better. Is it a flat with no access from above?
     
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    It can be a neater way, as the fitting has a 20mm hole at the end and they used a short bit of pipe between.
    Looks like the install cable is singles, trunking butted up to the end could be a bit rough leaving unsheathed singles, passing between the two.
     
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