How to replace a ceiling rose

There are some small jobs around the home that you might feel you can take on yourself, without the need or expense of a professional tradesman.

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If you’re thinking of removing ceiling roses to replace them with newer or more ornate ones, or you simply want to remove them to put more contemporary light fittings in their place, here’s a safe way to do it. First, it’s very important to remember that these are live electrified installations, and although you don’t have to be an electrician to replace one, you do need to work safely. Ceiling roses can be quite fidgety to handle and are very fragile.

Be prepared

Have the components on hand, since you’re going to be working up a ladder. One very useful piece of kit is a decorators’ ladder tray, which is invaluable for holding all those small components. Put the contents of the new pack on the tray, along with your insulated screwdriver, wire cutters, wire strippers and electrical tester.

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Make the work area safe

With the light that you want to replace turned on, isolate the switch controlling the ceiling roses in your consumer unit. You will know that the supply has been switched off by the light going off. Ideally, you should use an electrical tester. For further safety information, see

Removing the old rose

The cover can be held on with screws, or they may be twisted on. Unscrew the rose; if you cannot see any screws, twist off the rose cover by turning it in an anti-clockwise direction and pull away from the ceiling. Layers of old paint may mean you have to pry it away with one of your screwdrivers.

Replacing and re-wiring

It is useful at this stage to draw a diagram or take a photograph with your phone as you will want to rewire the replacement in the same way. Remove the fixing bracket screwed to the ceiling. There will be a replacement with the new fitting. The old and new fitting will have a hole where the wires are fed through. Feed the wires through the replacement bracket and screw it to the ceiling. Re-connect the wires in exactly the same way as on the fitting you have removed, using your diagram or photograph as a guide. Screw the replacement cover back in place.

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