There is an endless list of ideas when it comes to lighting as so many types have emerged through the years. Although this is a good thing as we can choose the best one for our needs, sometimes it just makes things a bit more difficult. We end up asking, which of them really is the best?
But aside from not exactly knowing which one is the best for you, most people worry about the installation of these lights. Take a downlight as an example. This type of lighting is getting so much attention recently due to the numerous it has to offer. But not everyone dares to have it as they do not know how to install them. They often wonder if an electrician is needed for such type of lighting to be installed. Below is a guide you need to know about prior to making a purchase.
Smart Downlight Guide: Do You Need an Electrician?
Is it plugged into a standard LED wiring?
Yes. There will be no extra wirings involved or nothing out of the ordinary as far as a normal downlight is involved. This means that you can simply take out your old downlight and have your new one in place, with no need for additional wiring.
The only exception is if your current smart downlight is hardwired, like it is connected to electrical connectors. Given this, you need to call an electrician to connect it back. On the other hand, if your existing downlight is plugged to a surface socket in the ceiling, you need to unplug it and put the new one.
There is a wall plug in the ceiling, so I just take the old and put the new one?
Yes. Most electricians today are wiring houses with a surface socket. It is a power plug that is similar to a wall socket with no switch.
This can be found in the ceiling, near the downlight hole. Most people are doing it this way due to the reason that downlights are available with a plug. Also, a lot of manufacturers come with such a plug on the end. So, you just plug in and plug out. There is no need to call an electrician. In case, it has been hardwired with no plug or a connector then an electrician needs to come and swap them over.
How much percentage of customers need an electrician for this type of wiring?
For new installations (5 years), it would roughly be at 70% on the other hand if it is an older installation (10 years) it would probably be 50/50
Lighting is an integral part of everyone’s day-to-day life. Aside from adding aesthetic to a space, lights serve more functional purposes. It would be safe to say that living will be a lot more difficult without lighting. Good thing to that in today’s time we have so many lighting choices to choose from. So, if you are in need of a particular type of lighting like a smart lighting fixture, be sure that you read about it- like how it should be properly installed and if or not you need an electrician for the installation.