Lighting + Lighting Design
Jul 18, 2018 7:23 am
We really didn’t know anything about electrical when we built (5years ago) and went with the stock standard supplied batten light electrical plan.
I have wanted pendant lights above the kitchen bench and downlighting in the kitchen/dining area ever since. We are now in a position to be able to afford to get them done.
What do I need to know?? Is the ceiling and wall to light point going to be a total mess? Will I need to source both an electrician and a plasterer/painter? Is it going to be rediculously costly given not having a roof cavity?
Re: Pendant lights & downlights to ground floor of 2 storey2
Aug 05, 2018 7:54 pm
Do you have photos of your ceiling battens / floor joists to the top floor? Do you have insulation in the ceiling?
If they are solid, it's going to make running electrical cables difficult. You may need to pull down a part of your ceiling to run the cable. The other challenge will be re painting. Ceiling white will be hard to blend in. Very bet would be to get A sparky in and see what they say. Good luck, and post back how you went!
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Re: Pendant lights & downlights to ground floor of 2 storey3
Jul 16, 2019 2:18 pm
We have been slow to get moving on this. it got delayed and now in the process of getting 2 electrical quotes to get both pendant lighting in the kitchen as well as downlights to the kitchen and dining area.
I have located a picture that shows the ceiling of the ground floor and it looks like they are not solid but with gaps. This is the best picture I have from my build Ground floor framing
And this is somewhat similar that I have found similar ceiling joists for the ground floor where we want to put in the lighting
Re: Pendant lights & downlights to ground floor of 2 storey4
Jul 20, 2019 1:49 pm
Apart from the electrical side of things, the biggest hurdle you will face is how you are going to support the pendants. Usually a 100 x 50 nog is laid flat flush with the ceiling with a hole through it for the cable. Then after the ceiling is plastered the sparky comes back, connects the electrical cables and screws the pendant base to the nog. Depending on how big or rather how heavy your pendants are you may have to support them off timber instead of screwing them into the plaster. To cut out a section of your ceiling, install these nogs in the right location and re-plaster that section is not a huge job. As long as the guy plastering it knows what he's doing and can "feather" the joint so it blends in with the rest of the ceiling.
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