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Replacing kitchen strip light

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by simondyntDBeK, 15 Feb 2007.

  1. simondyntDBeK

    simondyntDBeK

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    Hi,

    I've just moved into a new house that has a fluorescent strip light in the kitchen which is a bit naff! It takes five seconds to come on and looks like an office light!

    As far as I can see, it's only connected to the ceiling in the centre; would it therefore be relatively easy to take it down and put up a small 3-light spotlight?

    Ta

    Simon
     
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    If you know what you are doing it should be a piece of cake.

    Davy
     
  4. simondyntDBeK

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    Cheers Davy - you must get the record for the quickest reply ever ;)

    I'm assuming that when I take down the strip light there will be three wires dangling out of the ceiling which I stick into the new light.

    Nothing to lose by trying I suppose!

    Simon
     
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    There may be more than 3 conductors so remember to make a note of what went where on the old fitting so if it all goes tits up you can put the old one back. :)

    Davy
     
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    note which wires go where!!!!
     
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    good point!
     
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    you better have a good look at this BEFORE you start its normal to have 9 wires not 3! take note of the switch wire -its black but is live when switch is on so should have a red sleeve put one on if its not there. its possible your light may have all the wires tucked up away in connector block with just the 3 you were expecting hanging down. either way make sure the electricity is off before you start and make sure theres plenty of daylight left -it allways takes longer than you expect!
     
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