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I want to fit a chandelier in my kitchen extension - what is the best way to do this?

I already have light fixtures which are on a two way switch, however I can't use these to fit the chandelier to. I also need to fix it to a joist and I am unsure how to locate these.

2 Answers from MyBuilder Electricians

Hi Jayne,

If I am undertsanding this correct you want your chandelier switching seperately from the other 2 fittings. If so you need a neutral from one of the fittings and a live(+earth) from one of the switches. Depending on the layout of your extension you can do either of the following;

1) If you can get above the roof ( either in a void or via an upstairs bedroom ) I would screw-in some 4"x2" wood across the joists and secure your chandelier to this ( you can drill the wood for your cables ). This is a very secure method.

2) If you can`t access above then make a small holes ( about 20mm ) where you would ideally like the fitting. Then insert a cable rod to locate the joists by inserting it right to left, left to right ect. By doing this you can pinpoint the joists and have your cables alongside the joist. Ensure you securely fix it as they can be heavy.

Hope that helps,

NJM Electrical


Answered 12th Jul 2011

Hi Jayne your question is slightly unclear is there already a light where you would like to put your chandlier? If so there sould be something already to fix to. If not is the any other fitting on the ceiling if yes what do you have on the ceiling?

Regards Bradley


Answered 12th Jul 2011

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