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    Question Putting downlights in a 2 storey townhouse - Concrete Slab Roof/2nd floor?

    Hey everyone.

    1st post so go easy on me!

    I'm renovating my house over the next few weeks and at the moment have very ugly light fittings. I would like to have downlights but the problem is that the ceiling of the first storey is a concrete slab so I can not get any access. The hole in the ceiling for each light fitting at the moment only has a diameter of about 10cm at most.

    Is there any inexpensive way I can put in downlights?

    Or any suggestions for an attractive light fitting? At the monent its just a black pipe sort of thing with a light bulb on the end of it

    Thanks very much!

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    If your ceiling is solid concrete you can forget down lights.
    I would suggest you visit a lighting shop and they may be able to advise you on suitable alternatives for your situation.

    Regards Bradford

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRADFORD View Post
    If your ceiling is solid concrete you can forget down lights.
    I would suggest you visit a lighting shop and they may be able to advise you on suitable alternatives for your situation.

    Regards Bradford
    Thought this may be the case

    Cheers Brad

    Any ideas on what would be suitable? I like the downlight look plus my roof isnt all that high so want to take up as little room as possible

    There are 2 lights at either end of the lounge room at the moment

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    Either of these option below

    Easy Option : downlights on track

    Expensive option : Install false ceiling and install downlights.

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    You could batten out the ceiling to fit them in, Im not sure on clearance requirements though you would have to ask the sparkies but perhaps 100mm would do it.
    Plumbers were around long before Jesus was a carpenter

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    yep downlights on track = win

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmythechippy View Post
    yep downlights on track = win
    You nailed it Jimmy. Don't even think about the other options. I've got a heap of downlights in my house (about 8 years old) and some of the transformers are failing, they don't give out much light, and they are not as energy efficient as people think. It's a pain in the sars to get up in the ceiling and change transformers.(or the low voltage leads and connectors) The ones that fail often seem to be in the "hardest to get to" place in the roof space.

    Stick with light fittings that you can easily access, so that you can do the maintenance if required.


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