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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:18 am 
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I have a good ceiling, nicely skimmed, - in a flat, with a tenant above me.

I would like to fit 4 or 6 downlights. I am just wondering how the wires will be threaded from one hole to another. At the moment I just have two lights hanging down at the centre of the room.

Is it easy enough to thread the wires to where they are needed?

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if you are between the joists withought having to drill through then its possible

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The ceiling might be part of a sound barrier (and fire barrier) between the two flats.

I've read/heard many a nightmare of people who do this and regret it everyday after (or the people upstairs.

Be prepared for a lot of noise escaping (both ways!!!) and if they have wooden floors, god help you.

Think about this one.....

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Thanks for your replies.

Well, sound installation is very important to me. I have heard that the Fire Rated downlights protect against noise, as well as fire, - are you saying that the sound installation still won't be as good as is was?

It's a real shame, as I think downlights look so much more modern than any other type of lights which 'hang' down.


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You would be very restricted as to where you could install them depending, (as said previously) which way the joists run and also, more importantly, what insulation is between the joists.

To use downlighters, you would need them close together and if your kitchen is more that about 5' wide, you would need two rows to get everywhere lit.

If you still want spots, why not consider these:

http://bit.ly/pivn59

http://bit.ly/qAe199

You could install something like those near where your existing lights are.

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You would be very restricted as to where you could install them depending, (as said previously) which way the joists run and also, more importantly, what insulation is between the joists.

To use downlighters, you would need them close together and if your kitchen is more that about 5' wide, you would need two rows to get everywhere lit.

If you still want spots, why not consider these:

http://bit.ly/pivn59

http://bit.ly/qAe199

You could install something like those near where your existing lights are.


We have something like these and they work well

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Thanks again for the info, and the suggestion of lights.

It's actually for my living room, - there are 2 lights in the middle of each end of the room (if that makes sense).

I have just seen these also, which look quite modern

http://www.johnlewis.com/189954/Product.aspx


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Phil_dB wrote:
Thanks again for the info, and the suggestion of lights.

It's actually for my living room, - there are 2 lights in the middle of each end of the room (if that makes sense).

I have just seen these also, which look quite modern

http://www.johnlewis.com/189954/Product.aspx


They also look good and modern :thumbright:

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May I ask about dimming?

Is there a particular bulb/light that I should maybe look for which is more suited to be used with dimmer switches? My experience with the GU bulbs is that they don't last particularly long! And they're not cheap to constantly replace....


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Depending upon the transformer being a dimmable one, the GU5.3 bulbs are dimmable.

Not sure whether the one you linked to has a dimmable transformer, but when you searh, look for ones dimmable transformers.

The Gu5.3 bulbs are not dear, Screwfix have a pack of 10 for £5.46 inc vat.

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