Electrical Question

Old light fittings - might be a handyman job?

We have an old 1930's house, it looks like at some point the place was rewired as there are the current light fittings but also on another part of the ceiling there are the old light fittings still in place (looks like they might be metal?). We just want to know how to remove them!

5 Answers

Unless you are really sure of what you are doing, you might think of getting a qualified electrician. If the light fitting is switched off at the switch, does not necessarily mean that there is no power on the fitting, furthermore, if you do take the fitting off, there is a real possibility that other light fittings in the house may stop working. and of course you may get an electrical shock. It will almost certainly cost more for an electrician to sort out any problems you cause than if an electrician took them down in the first place. Trust me, I do sort out problems people cause and it does take longer, than if they hadn't started in the first place.

Answered 21st Apr 2011

Abrahams and Keeling

Member since 1 Dec 2009

It seems strange that these fittings have been left after a rewire but I suspect that they are attatched to metal conduit and have been left to save money/extra work,this said you cannot assume that these are "dead",I suggest that you post a job on this site for an electrician to have a look,regards Terry.

Answered 21st Apr 2011

tm property services

Member since 9 Mar 2011

If you are unsure and have no confidence I would suggest getting an electrician in to check it out.
Best to be safe than sorry.

Answered 21st Apr 2011


Member since 29 Oct 2008

Never take it as the lights are isolated , it would be safer to get the lights checked by a qualified electrician. These lights may have been kept as decoration by previous owner.

Answered 23rd Apr 2011

smcd electrics

Member since 5 Feb 2009

As already stated by others, I have to agree on getting in a fully qualified electrician to remove them. Apart from inconvenience caused by incorrect termination, you also have to strongly consider your own and others safety. Dead cables at light fittings can become live and they are not always correctly marked up for identification. Post a job on this site and get free quotes. Just ensure you use a qualified registered electrician.
Kind regards
Gary Secelec Uk.

Answered 24th Apr 2011

Secelec UK

Member since 2 Feb 2009

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