As with any lighting system, lighting points and switch plates will deteriorate and age over time. After repeated use, switches can crack and expose live copper, and lights may flicker due to loose terminations or faulty lamp holders. While repairing or replacing a light fitting may seem relatively straightforward, you still need to hire a licensed electrician for any light fixture installation to avoid any insurance issues at all costs. Below are some steps on how we repair and replace LED light fittings.
● Lights not working? On arrival to the site, our electrician will have a brief discussion on what went wrong. We would first check the power supply and test the load side of the circuit breaker for power. If the CB remains on and no power prevails, the safety switch is redeemed faulty and will need replacing. In other scenarios, if the safety switch refuses to stay in the ON position, the circuit will need testing to indicate if there is a fault on the cable. If the test does not show a bad reading, the safety switch will need to be changed. The circuit, if faulty, will need splitting up to determine where the fault sits if the above actions have not solved the issue. All connections will need to be verified to be tightly connected if the light fittings fail to work. A time of between one to three hours should be allowed for testing procedures if your lights have lost power.
● LED light fitting replacement – can a light fitting installation or replacement be complicated. The short answer is no, but only if installed by a professional and licensed electrician. This procedure is straightforward; our electrician will set up tools and step ladders in the specific location where the light will be installed while ensuring the area is clear of any obstruction or hazards. The power will need to be isolated and the circuit tested before the light is disconnected and made safe. The electrician will re-strip cables for new terminations. The new LED light fitting can now be fitted, terminated and installed onto the ceiling. A quick check of the connections and, if secure, switching the safety switch to resume power will be one of the final steps. The electrician will finally check the light fitting installed is in proper working order.
● New light installation with switch – could be a bit more problematic than just replacing a light fitting. A new lighting fixture installation with isolation will require additional wiring and a possible cable duct if wall cavities or wall chasing are not viable. Before any works occur, our electrician will access the worksite and then calculate the easy method for installing the wiring and the location for the new switch and light. Always best practice installing the switch on an exterior wall; otherwise, cable ducting or wall chasing could be an option for an interior wall. The new light fitting requires a supplied live feed, neutral and earth, and the electrician will install from the nearest light fitting or junction box. A twin active cable (feed & switch live) from the light fixture will need positioning at the new isolation switch. Once wires are in place, the electrician can terminate the light switch and install the new LED light fitting. Upon installing the light fixture and switch plate, the power supply can be connected to activate the new fittings.
● Replacing light fittings for LED Downlights – what better way to light up your home than by changing your light fittings to LED downlights. LED downlight installations are uncomplicated as long as there is access into a roof space or above the ceiling. Is your ceiling concrete? If so, the likelihood of installing downlights will be slim. Generally, all single-story homes will have reasonable access above the ceiling, and installations are pretty straightforward. Before an installation commences, the electrician will study the roof to see how many downlights will need installing. If you use a wider beam downlight, it is best to space the downlights 1.2meters – 1.5 meters apart. At km.electric for all our downlight installation projects, we use 10watt tri-colour spotlights, which are also dimmable. We recommend installing a dimmer for spotlights installed in the living areas and bedrooms, as they make excellent lighting flexible. Dimmers are pretty easy to install, and no new cabling is required, just a new switch plate to fit the dimmer mechanism. If the downlights have been marked and cut out with the appropriate cutting saw, the existing lighting may be disconnected and removed from the circuit.
● What happens next? The wiring installation can now take place, and the plug sockets are connected to the wiring. A plug socket or plug base allows easy connection betweenthe downlight and the socket. The downlights are put into place once the terminations are secure on the plug socket. When the downlights are installed, the new power supply is connected, and the power is restored through the safety switch.
● Chandelier lighting service – professional chandelier installation companies can replace any light fittings with any difficultly. Remember, chandelier light fittings are pretty delicate objects and can weigh rather heavily depending on the structure and size. Our chandelier installers have the right equipment for any type or size of lighting fixture. The equipment we have used for chandelier installations has included scaffolding, extensive to medium-sized step ladders, straight ladders, and winches. The majority of installers needed per installation can vary from 2 to 3 persons. Again this would solely depend on the size of the light fixture and how much accessibility the installers would have in one given area. Before all installation work occurs, the client and installer will discuss the job carefully as it ensures the chandelier installation is completed right the first time around.
● Other reasons why experts are needed for chandelier services – if the chandelier will replace a light fitting and the location needs changing, the electrician will need to relocate and extend the cable for the new position. An electrician will also notify you if the ceiling can support the chandelier; if no timber joist is in place for the chandelier installation, the electrician will need to install a timber bracing for the light fixture support. The first step the chandelier installer should take is verifying no parts are missing and unbroken. The base can then be mounted to the ceiling, some are usually just a hook, and some are metal plates complete with screws and bolts. To avoid marks and smudges, the electrician can wear cotton gloves when installing the chandelier. Temporarily the light fixture can be held in position while the client chooses the right chain length for the fitting. Before power is resumed, the installer can carefully install the crystals on the chandelier and complete the installation.