Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

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Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by Duck_Tape » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:48 am

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I have a property with a high ceiling. There are existing light pendants with a long cord but they are old, discoloured and tatty. I would like to replace them with some new pendants
I initially bought these items from screwfix
this cable 2 core 1.5mm which in the comments someone said they used it for the same purpose I intended.
and these Pendants with the view, to remove the existing cable from these new pendants and use the newly bought cable to lengthen the pendant
(i.e. remove the existing cable from new pendants giving a separate ceiling rose and bulb holder and then use the new cable cut to the correct size to reconnect the ceiling rose and bulb holder creating a new longer light pendant.

Problem is the cable will not fit through the hole on the ceiling rose or the top of the bulb holder. It goes in about 1.5mm but that’s it.

Question: What is the correct cable I need to buy to get the cable to pass snuggly but easily through the ceiling rose and bulb holder, or what pre made pendant will have a slightly larger hole for the cable to pass through.
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Re: Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by someone-else » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:33 am

You don't need 1.5mm flex for a pendant.
You can use 1mm or 1.5mm T & E to supply the lights / ceiling rose, (Perhaps that is where you got the 1.5mm from?)
But the flex from the rose to the pendant lamp holder is usually 0.75mm twin. Example
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Re: Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by Bob225 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:27 pm

0.75mm 2 core round is all you need, I spent the best part of a week making up roses (many moons ago) some of them with 3m drops (klik style roses)

the cable through the rose doesn't need to be snug as the cable is secured and goes around the roses strain relief hooks (some also come with a cable clip)
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Re: Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by Duck_Tape » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:47 am

Thanks
I am still on this
Bob225, 0.75 2 core round
I need to know more, like where to buy.
CEF ???

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Re: Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by someone-else » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:31 am

I always found CEF to be expensive.

You can get it from all the usual suspects it's your choice. e.g. Toolstation, Screwfix, TLC direct, local electrical wholesaler, DIY shop, DIY superstore

It doesn't have to be round you can get oval too.
someone-else wrote:You don't need 1.5mm flex for a pendant.
You can use 1mm or 1.5mm T & E to supply the lights / ceiling rose, (Perhaps that is where you got the 1.5mm from?)
But the flex from the rose to the pendant lamp holder is usually 0.75mm twin. Example



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Re: Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by Bob225 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:35 am

Off the top of my head, 2192Y


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Re: Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by Duck_Tape » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:28 am

Thanks Folks
I was hoping for an exact match in diameter for the cable removed from the pre-made pendants
I found it online (Code 3182Y) at least I think I have, some retailers sell the item as(1.0mm² 3182Y 2 Core Flexible PVC cable, White )
Screwy Fix has it as this(3182Y 2-CORE 1.5MM² X 10M WHITE
So one is 1mm and the other 1.5mm
Its annoying that the codes cannot be consistent.
I hate paying postage from an online retailer where the postage cost is far in excess of the product cost so I will go with this from screwy fix
As suggested by someone-else :thumbleft:

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Re: Making the cord length on a light pendant longer

Post by Bob225 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:29 am

screwfix strike again, This link is for oval cable

My fault (fat arthritic fingers) - typo on my part - 2182Y


https://www.toolstation.com/doncaster-c ... 82y/p51676
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