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Standing Lamps, Bulbs, light fixtures questions

Hi All

I'm quite new to Switzerland. Just moved here. All the ceilings in my room have only holes with wires. No hook, no holes for screw. As I read the threads in here, I understand that I need to drill the ceilings. I guess the previous tenants didn't install any light fixtures either (this room is quite new, was built last year).

Is my understanding correct?

If yes, I'm thinking of alternatives by using standing lamps. I guess it must be cheaper than asking electrician to do all these stuff (Anyone knows how much it is?).

Could you recommend good places to buy standing lamps? I visited IKEA already, but would like to know other options.

One more question/remark. It seems like most of light bulbs here are LED, halogen, etc but not fluorescents. Is there a reason behind that?

Thanks.
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Hi All

I'm quite new to Switzerland. Just moved here. All the ceilings in my room have only holes with wires. No hook, no holes for screw. As I read the threads in here, I understand that I need to drill the ceilings. I guess the previous tenants didn't install any light fixtures either (this room is quite new, was built last year).

Is my understanding correct?

If yes, I'm thinking of alternatives by using standing lamps. I guess it must be cheaper than asking electrician to do all these stuff (Anyone knows how much it is?).

Could you recommend good places to buy standing lamps? I visited IKEA already, but would like to know other options.

One more question/remark. It seems like most of light bulbs here are LED, halogen, etc but not fluorescents. Is there a reason behind that?

Thanks.
Welcome to the forum.

It's normal here to take one's lights when moving out and supply your own when moving in.

Correct about the drilling. A handyman can do it for you including installation of the lights (all legal).


Why not start a thread in the Market place forum in the sub forum: Jobs offered?

You will get responces from handymen who will do it for you for about CHF20-30 per hour.

The alternative is to cover up all the wiring which will cost about the same if you can't or don't do it yourself.

If you want to do it yourself but are not sure about the wiring here in SUI send me a PM and I'll explain it for you. You have to get it right as the RCD will not protect you if you don't.

As for the LED/Halogen question? Less power and probably also a matter of personal preference too.

good luck...
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Could you recommend good places to buy standing lamps?
...It seems like most of light bulbs here are LED, halogen, etc but not fluorescents. Is there a reason behind that?
You should be able to find some not-so-trivial floor/standing lamps here:

http://www.topdeq.ch/topdeq/leuchten--2191--o.html

Standing lamps are widely used as accent or secondary lighting but a proper lighting scheme of an apartment would also need to include pendant, recessed, wall and table lamps.

Hanging and connecting a pendant light is not difficult. The wires are usually colour coded. In case if there is no pre-installed hook, depending on the shape and size of the hole in the ceiling as well as the type of material at its bottom, you can buy and screw in a suitable hook yourself or use a ‘Lampenkralle’. If the material at the bottom of the hole is wood or plastic, you don’t really need to use a power drill. A simple awl would do.

Depending on the shape, size and location of the holes it also might be possible to install suitable recessed lights in some of them. These are often used in halls, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that you turn off the power supply before trying to connect any wires. If you still feel uncomfortable about doing this yourself, call for a good handyman or an electrician.

There are lots of different types of fluorescent lamps available in Switzerland (‘Energiesparlampen’). In IKEA you should be able to find at least eight types of them:

http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/search/?qu...ergiesparlampe

Good luck with your project!
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Thank you all for the information.
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Re: Standing Lamps, Bulbs, light fixtures questions

Hello!
Hoping that the collective wisdom of this community might be able to help with a light fitting query!
Been in Switzerland for a few months and finally fed up enough with the sight of the wires dangling from the ceiling to do something about it! My flat had no previous tenants so there are no existing fixtures to hang a pendant light fitting from (standard Ikea pendant fitting). So I popped down to the local Coop Bau & Hobby to pick up something suitable. All that I could find were "Lampenkralle" (lamp claw?). From what I read on the Coop website and in previous posts on here this does seem like the right sort of thing. However I have no idea how to fix it and am none the wiser after trawling the internet and watching some German and Swiss DIY videos. Anyone got any ideas on how this should be securely fixed? Should I stretch it across the hole and try and grip it to the sides? Should I try to poke it in to the whole the wires are hanging out of? I have tried both of these options already but not had much luck. The wires don't really move very much because they appear to be set in to the ceiling (not sure if it's concrete or plaster). Perhaps a Lampenkralle isn't suitable in this case?
Welcome any advice! Thanks
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Put it in the hole and screw
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Instructions unclear. I got my left ear stapled to the ceiling.
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Instructions unclear. I got my left ear stapled to the ceiling.
And you're not very bright; a double fail for a light fitting.
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And you're not very bright
Now he is.
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Re: Standing Lamps, Bulbs, light fixtures questions

Thank you for humouring my (rather dumb on reflection ) question! Managed to wiggle it around enough to fit it in and secure it. Hopefully this should be alright!
Ta v. much!
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