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Heyy, i just moved and a picture of my ceiling is attached. I got few questions:

- Do i get it right that whatever light fixture i m gonna buy would need me to drill in the ceiling?
- If yes any hint where shall i be drilling exactly? I mean is it possible that i mistakenly cut wires or so when drilling?
- My drill doesn't have hammering function? Do you think i need that or it should be fine?

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Re: Ceiling light

a drill without hammering is fine but the electric(battery) ones are a bitch to get through concrete as in the ceiling. no you will not cut wires....you drill where the holes are on the fixture you will get.
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- Do i get it right that whatever light fixture i m gonna buy would need me to drill in the ceiling?
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- If yes any hint where shall i be drilling exactly? I mean is it possible that i mistakenly cut wires or so when drilling?
If you look carefully in the hole, you should see which direction the trunking goes in. It's usually (but not always) perpendicular to the walls in any case. To be completely sure, you should get a circuit tracer.
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A drill with a hammer function, as high powered as possible, with the right masonry bit will make the job easier.
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Are you absolutely certain the celing is concrete?
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Re: Ceiling light

By tapping on it, i would say yes it seems strong. It's definitely not wood for example.
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By tapping on it, i would say yes it seems strong. It's definitely not wood for example.
More information would help.

How old is the place?

Newer places may have concrete ceilings skimmed with plaster but have a plastic insert around each light fitting - there are pre-drilled with a series of holes to take self-taping screws so you should be able to just screw the fitting in.

I'm not saying your place is like that though.
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Re: Ceiling light

I do not think that this is simply a hole in the ceiling. Take a good look and I think you will find a 9cm x 9cm plastic fixing box. If you scrape a bit of the plaster away, you will see the corners of the box have holes. which you can use for screwing your light fitting.



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Re: Ceiling light

So the building is a renovated building where they changed everything and i m the first tenant. I m not sure though how to find that box that you guys mentioned. The hole is really small and taping even very close to it gives the same concrete feeling.
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I do not think that this is simply a hole in the ceiling. Take a good look and I think you will find a 9cm x 9cm plastic fixing box. If you scrape a bit of the plaster away, you will see the corners of the box have holes. which you can use for screwing your light fitting.



Ah Tom you were first.
I learn something every day.

To think I've always drilled when i could have had it easier.
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Re: Ceiling light

In older houses, instead of the plastic box there is a block of wood, it is attached to the concrete and plastered around it, to hide it. So follow the previous cautions & drill where you want to fix the first screw, and see what you have.
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