Recessed into the false ceiling in my kitchen are four spotlights which I
reckon were fitted about twenty years ago though I have lived in my flat for
only the past four years. I have renewed the lamps from time with Homebase
R80 100watts spotlights. One of these lamps, which I had never needed to
replace, burned out recently but when I replaced it the new lamp did not
I was able, after a bit of a struggle, to remove the fitting from the
ceiling and it bore a label stating "Ring-Lighting Art No. 50480 240 V Max
100W". While removing the fitting I handled the bulb housing, which is
riveted in place, and the plastic/bakelite crumbled to my touch.
I searched in vain online to find a replacement then visited Litecraft at
their Glasgow Showroom. There I was told that they stock nothing of this
type of fitting nowadays.
I realise I am going to have to replace all four fittings, but not
necessarily with spotlights as hitherto. So, I shall be left initially with
four holes in the ceiling about 11 centimetres in diameter and am left
scratching my head as to how this can be best achieved.
Possibilities which have crossed my mind are :-
a) To get discs of the same diameter cut from ceiling board and to use a
strong adhesive to fill the holes, having first drilled them at their centre
for the power wires.
b) To get wooden disks (also drilled in the centre) fixed with strong
adhesive and marginally larger in diameter than the holes.
c) To fix plastic roses, though I have been unable to locate anything
large enough for my purpose.
It would then be my intention to hang shaded lights or up-lighters.
I know from visiting this newsgroups for a long time that there is a lot of
expertise to be tapped and I shall be grateful for any suggestions or advice
anyone can offer.