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Achieve your mood with my expert light installation service

I offer a complete indoor and outdoor light installation service for Cardiff, Penarth and Dinas Powys.

If you don’t know what type of lighting you need, where; I can help you decide and install it at a convenient time that works for you. And if there is no light fixture installation where you need your new lights and switch, I can help with electrical work like that too. Click on the arrows to find out more about the lighting you want installed.

Ceiling lights (flush, semi-flush, surface, pendant and chandelier)

I can install help advice on any ceiling light fixture you need.

All lights are a personal choice, but they need to be functional and suitable for the location they will be installed.

Don’t forget to check the dimensions. If hanging up in a large showroom they will be out of scale for your living room which may have a ceiling height of 2.4 metres. Equally, when looking online, lights can arrive totally different to what you were expecting!

When looking for ceiling lights, don’t be put off by lights that do not have lamps (or bulbs as most people know them!) which can be replaced. A lot of the new lighting fixtures are sealed LED lights so there is nothing to replace.

Downlights

Recessed lights (downlights) are a popular choice for modern apartments and houses in Cardiff. Typically you will see them in new builds for kitchens and bathrooms, although some choose to install them (often with a dimmer switch) in living and dining areas.

They have a very focused range and are typically positioned where you need them the most. Retrofitting them can be challenging. When a house or extension is being built, the electrician can see where the joists and any obstructions (like pipework) are before the ceiling or floor is fitted.

If you want to change a central lighting system for downlights, then the limitation is the layout of your joists, if the void is filled with insulation and if there is any pipework in the way.

It’s also not a good idea to install downlights in ceilings made from lath (opposed to plasterboard) which is what a lot of houses in older areas of Cardiff still have. The lath ceilings are flat strips of wood nailed to the joists and then finished with a sand and cement finish. It’s not easy to drill them nicely to allow a downlight to be installed and can often cause more work for you.

Wall Lights

Wall lights were installed instead of ceiling lights in some properties. Having worked as an electrician in Cardiff for many years, I have noticed some areas like Heath and Rhiwbina only had wall lights (in some properties) on the ground floor.

Some have them in addition to ceiling lights. Wall lights are great for a relaxing evening and help show off nice artwork or photos. They come in all shapes and styles (including plastic, metal, glass and plaster).

Batten Lights

Batten lights are a perfect replacement choice for:

  • Lofts
  • Garages
  • Boiler rooms
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Summer houses
  • Sheds

They do look a bit commercial, but give a great output for working and being LED cost very little to run.

Kitchen lighting (including track, strip, under cabinet and breakfast bar)

Popular choices for kitchen ceiling lighting are:

  • Downlights
  • Track lights
  • Batten lighting

Undercabinet lighting is a great addition to ceiling lighting because they really do light up the worktop to help with food preparation. My favourite choice for under cabinet lighting is batten – essentially LED strip lighting inside a tough enclosure from the manufacturer.

I have found these last longer in kitchens. The tape can fall down and doesn’t have any protection from steam from a kettle for example.

Bathroom lighting (including illuminated mirrors)

Downlights are the most popular new light fixture for new builds in the Cardiff area. They can be positioned where they are needed, often in a square or rectangular layout.

A central light fixture is also common – depending on the size of the bathroom.

All lighting products inside a bathroom need to be suitable for the environment – suitably protected from water ingress and can be of similar construction to outdoor lights.

Mirror Lights

Mirror lights are a great addition to any bathroom. They come in a range of sizes, styles and costs. Typically activated by motion or a hand sensor underneath. Some come with shaving socket outlets, shelves and are part of a cabinet that can be used to store toiletries.