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31/05/2013 at 20:45
Went to see our new place on Thursday. To say i'm a tad excited about it is an understatement!!!! Anyway one of the first jobs (and there are plenty!) is to change the awful strip lighting in kitchen and breakfast/dining room to normal lighting. I've no idea how easy they are to change to normal bulbs. Ideally i'd like spotlights but perhaps one of those central lights with several spot lights on them that can point different ways.
Have anyone done this or had any of these put in? I know i need to speak to an electrician but i'm trying to start plans etc and budgeting for what we want done. I've tried googling but get all sorts of crap!
So does anyone have any ideas or can you recommend any house alterations/decorating webistes that might have clues?
31/05/2013 at 20:48
I can't help really but my H did this to ours and he isn't qualified, just taught himself out of a DIY book (from B&Q) so it can't be that hard.
31/05/2013 at 20:52
Oh that's useful. My H is pretty handy but i'm not sure i'd trust him with electrics! I think my brother has a friend who's an electrician. I might get him to ask how easy it is i think.
31/05/2013 at 21:22
My h is an electrician and said that here in the NW if you bought the fittings then he wouldn't expect it to cost more than £50 for a spark to do it or alternatively would be quite simple to do he says? The only other thing us you may need some plastering done to fix where original was. Eeek, exciting on the house!!
31/05/2013 at 21:31
My H is no electrician but changed all the lights in our house.
31/05/2013 at 21:41
Thanks ladies - very useful as always. Ta QS, shame you aren't in my neck of the woods or i could get your H round!
01/06/2013 at 08:00
The strip lighting will have the same wires at the top - where they fix in - but this might not be where you want your new lights. Its not a difficult thing to change though. We've got a light fitting in our kitchen which has a metal pole with several spot lightlights coming from it. We didn't fit it but I expect B&Q do similar. I notice that John Lewis will come and fit lights for you these days so that might be an option.
In our kitchen we've got lights underneath the top kitchen units - which helps on gloomy days to see what you're doing when cooking. The kichen was fitted by previous owners who put in black wall tiles and black work surfaces. Looks nice but rather dark so the extra lighting helps.
A couple of the house and decorating magazines - house beatiful and ideal home - have their own websites I think.
01/06/2013 at 13:43
Thanks cedar. I'll have a look at JL thne, that sounds like a useful service if it's not really expensive. The metal pole with several spotlights coming from it was what i was thinking of to replace the strips.
01/06/2013 at 14:09
Im assuming the lights are in the ceiling. If you're planning on moving/changing the lights then it would depend on what type of ceiling it is. If its plasterboard then it'll probably be a straightforward job. However, if its an old style lathe and plaster then, it would probably be a big job as the ceiling may need replacing.
01/06/2013 at 17:00
H and I replaced our kitchen ceiling. Never do it, it was a nightmare. Next time ill just save up the money needed!
01/06/2013 at 20:17
This sounds exciting, I must have missed posts from you! Where is it, when do you move in? Whats it like? Nosey nosey, me!
02/06/2013 at 09:55
Haha i'm the same ML! We are moving to the village where my parents live, so about 20 minutes from here. Means i pass mums to drop P off on way to work rather than doing the trip to hers and back twice a day. Its a 3 bed house on a friends farm, we'll rent initially then buy it from them when we can afford it hopefully. It's got a fab garden, plenty of space, a woodburner, a walk in wardrobe and is 2 minutes from an outstanding primary school. I'm very excited!! Hoping to move mid-july.
02/06/2013 at 10:13
Sounds wonderful, very pleased for you xx
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