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Old 13.11.2017, 16:57
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Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

I know plenty of places that cut wood to size but plastic?

I just need a small piece of transparent or translucent plastic about 50cm * 10cm * 5mm to replace a broken glass panel in a kitchen light fitting.
I would prefer plastic because I have to remove the panel every time a light bulb fails and I have dropped it a few times which is why it needs replacing.
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Old 13.11.2017, 17:19
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

Coop bau center, have the same problem
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

I would expect that service from the retailer you buy the piece from, be that Jumbo, Hornbach, Coop Bau+Hobby or whichever else.
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

Hornbach cuts plastic sheets t size, as long as you buy them there.
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Old 16.11.2017, 02:19
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

Success!

Thanks everyone for your advice.

Migros Do it + Garden had a good selection of transparent plastic sheets. They cut it free of charge
So I had three cut from one sheet; cost me the princely sum of CHF 13.20.
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

Glad you found a solution. I hope the plastic doesn't discolour over time.

The plastic cover of our previous kitchen light had this problem.

I am also not a fan of fixtures with a glass which needs to be removed to change a bulb but seems to me the glass looks like new even after many years.
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Old 16.11.2017, 20:14
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

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Glad you found a solution. I hope the plastic doesn't discolour over time.

The plastic cover of our previous kitchen light had this problem.

I am also not a fan of fixtures with a glass which needs to be removed to change a bulb but seems to me the glass looks like new even after many years.
If you use Lexan, rather than Plexiglass, then it won't discolour. Coop sells Lexan, but it's thin (1 or 1.5mm iirc), and it comes on a roll so it usually has a set from storage (not to mention a bit of scratching).

You can heat form Lexan by heating to about 100 C, so if you have a flat, clean, surface large enough you can take the set out of the Coop stuff with the oven, boiling water, or a heat gun.
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Glad you found a solution. I hope the plastic doesn't discolour over time.

The plastic cover of our previous kitchen light had this problem.

I am also not a fan of fixtures with a glass which needs to be removed to change a bulb but seems to me the glass looks like new even after many years.
Luckily the glass (now plastic) cover is in a position over the cooker where one cannot see it. If it should discolour over time sufficiently to significantly reduce the light intensity then it is easy enough to change.

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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

Be careful modifying fixtures.

The wattage rating on the fixture says that nothing will catch fire if you leave a bulb of that wattage running for a long time. If you switch from glass to plastic, you lose that guarantee and the safe wattage limit could be much lower. Heck, if you change the type of glass, the replacement glass might break when it gets hot.

I'm not saying your hack will catch fire, especially if you only run, say, a 4W LED in a fixture engineered with glass for a 40W incandescent. But please understand what the risk is, and also, depending on the situation, think about whether you'd be leaving behind a potential trap for the next tenant.
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

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Be careful modifying fixtures.

The wattage rating on the fixture says that nothing will catch fire if you leave a bulb of that wattage running for a long time. If you switch from glass to plastic, you lose that guarantee and the safe wattage limit could be much lower. Heck, if you change the type of glass, the replacement glass might break when it gets hot.

I'm not saying your hack will catch fire, especially if you only run, say, a 4W LED in a fixture engineered with glass for a 40W incandescent. But please understand what the risk is, and also, depending on the situation, think about whether you'd be leaving behind a potential trap for the next tenant.
The sale of incandescent bulbs has been banned here since here 2012. I changed all my bulbs to LED years ago.
I doubt the situation occurring that any one would be able to buy a new (illegal) incandescent bulb to replace any of my LEDs, If they did then the risk and responsibility would be theirs by selecting and installing an incompatible replacement?
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

Halogen lamps are more efficient that standard incandescents, and still available last I checked, but do get plenty warm. I agree that typical LEDs and fluorescent are much less likely to melt or burn anything.
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Re: Anywhere near Zürich that cuts plastic to size?

Cover all bases by putting a sticky label next to the lamp bulb stating maximum wattage (quote the wattage of the LED bulb).
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