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yipee458

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Hi, I have had my bedroom ceiling plaster and will be fitting spotlights. My question is that if I should paint the ceiling first then drill the holes for the lights or should I fit the lights and paint around them. Please help, and hope this is the right forum for this type of query
 
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KevinS

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Paint the ceiling 1st, you may have to touch up later but it's much easier this way
 
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yipee458

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Paint the ceiling 1st, you may have to touch up later but it's much easier this way
should i paint the ceiling with the holes for lights cut out or paint then cut the holes?
 
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1shortcircuit

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If it was me I would cut holes, paint then fit downlights but that's because I use a chalk line to do my marking out.

If you're flash then you may have a laser level that helps you mark out.
 
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yipee458

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If it was me I would cut holes, paint then fit downlights but that's because I use a chalk line to do my marking out.

If you're flash then you may have a laser level that helps you mark out.
what I am thinking is the drilling of holes will put dust on the painted ceiling?
 
Hi, I have had my bedroom ceiling plaster and will be fitting spotlights. My question is that if I should paint the ceiling first then drill the holes for the lights or should I fit the lights and paint around them. Please help, and hope this is the right forum for this type of query
My first question is this...
Are you an electrician, or a DIY'er wanting to change a single pendant lamp for a spots?

Secondly, if you are a DIY'er, are you competent to carry out this work?
 
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yipee458

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As i have said on another forum I started that I am doing the work as much of the work I am allowed to like paint and drill the holes to save some money, but professionals will do the wiring etc
 
In that case, mark the unpainted ceiling with a chalkline/laser level, cut holes. Then ring spark and while you're waiting get the painting kit out
 
As i have said on another forum I started that I am doing the work as much of the work I am allowed to like paint and drill the holes to save some money, but professionals will do the wiring etc
Fair enough. I haven't read any other forums you have started so wasn't aware...
If you are getting professionals to do the wiring then it is always a good idea to liaise with them about positioning anyway, in case there are wiring constraints in the loft.
Provided there are none, then do as trev suggested. :)
 
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vaughant

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What i did in my kitchen which was a run of 7/8 metres was to mark up as the lads said with the laser etc then I actually wired in the lights,drilled a small pilot hole where the lights should be,switched the lights on for a second or two to see they were in the right place then used the hole cutter to get them finished.
I was lucky though that it was a flat roof with no storey above it hence not needing fire rated fittings at the time,may do now though.
Domestics not really my bag though and I'm sure there was a better way of doing it but the lights work fine,very very rarely blow a bulb on standard 50w gu10 halogens (about 3 in 4 years) and all line up correctly.
my main concern was drilling through a big hole in slightly the wrong place and messing up the ceiling etc.
 
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vaughant

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How ironic,I just noticed 2 blown bulbs,that'll serve me right!!!!


 
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1shortcircuit

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How ironic,I just noticed 2 blown bulbs,that'll serve me right!!!!



Looks like you could do with a few more sockets to lose the extension lead ;) lol

Nice kitchen & interesting spacing used on the lights... unless it's my eyes:D

:thumbsup
 
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1shortcircuit

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I'd like to know where all the sockets are. I can make out two positions at the moment and possibly a third hidden in the cupboard next to the cooker lol
 

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