Installing light fittings

With lighting accounting for up to 20 per cent of the average household electricity bill, it is important to get it right and switch to low energy lighting if possible.

UK building regulations now state that when it comes to new builds and extensions to existing properties, one in four habitable rooms must have low energy lighting.

If you are looking to install lighting yourself, you need to know the size of hole you need to cut out to suit the type of fitting you have chosen. The hole you cut out must be large enough for you to be able to check for any obstructions.

When installing a new light fitting, make sure that you take into account fire and building regulations.

If you have low ceilings, use semi-flush ceiling lights rather than pendant lights with chains or suspensions.

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