How to Replace a Halogen lamp

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How many times has one of your halogen lamps blown in the recessed down lighter in the kitchen? You finally pluck up the courage to go and change it, next thing you know the light fitting is in bits.
Following these simple steps will guide you on how to do it safely.
Identify And Isolate
Before you begin the repairs you must ensue you identify the correct fuse/circuit breaker that suppliers the light that you want to work on. All the circuits should have been identified when they were installed. If they are not, simply turn off the circuit breakers one at time until you locate the correct one (light turns off). If you have a fuse instead of a circuit breaker, simply withdraw the fuses until you identify the correct fuse.
1: If you have a fuse instead of a circuit breaker, simply withdraw the fuses until you identify the correct fuse.fuse.
2: Gently push up the lamp and you will see a silver coloured bit of metal that runs around the light fitting.
3: Notice that the silver ring turns down at the ends. Gently pinch them together and pull down at the same time. This will release it from the little groove in the fitting.
4: The lamp will now hang below the light fitting. Simply remove the old lamp by pulling from the holder, ensure that you are holding the lamp holder when you do so. (Otherwise you may pull the cables out of the joint box and that's another job that you would have to do).
5: Once you have replaced the faulty lamp, push the lamp up into the fitting. Insert the silver ring, ensuring that the angled ends are facing down.
6: Pinch the two ends together, push it up till it sits back into the little groove - Job done.
7: All that has to be done now is to switch on the breaker or re-insert the fuse back in to the fuse holder. Job done.

Always switch off your power supply at the fuse board (consumer unit) before doing any electrical work.

See our Safe Isolation Procedures article for information about this

Remember electricity can cause harm to yourself and others.