Light fitting is a very popular DIY procedure but unfortunately many people get it wrong especially when the old light fitting is removed before the wires are identified. Please ensure that you know 100% what you are doing before even considering doing any electrical work yourself and if in doubt consult a qualified electrician. .
|Before working on any electrical circuit you must ensure that it is isolated correctly and cannot accidentally be switched back on. Please read the article on safe isolation procedures before doing any electrical work. If you are not 100% certain what you are doing call a qualified electrician. Building regulations are changing all the time and modifying your home electrics could be against new rules and could invalidate your home insurance, if in doubt check first!|
Switching off the light at the light switch does not isolate the electricity to the ceiling rose or light fitting. You must isolate the circuit that you are working on from the consumer unit or fuse box!
Questions about changing light fittings or wiring lighting circuits are very common and to be honest I am not surprised. Some of the light fittings on the market today are barely fit for the purpose that they are intended and can be extremely difficult for the DIY'er to fit.
I once fitted a light fitting for a friend and it had seven live wires and several neutral wires that all required terminating into the light connection. Then when you remove the ceiling rose cover and there are 9 more wires and so it can seem a very daunting task.