How to change a light fitting: Installing a new rose or holder

Man unscrewing light bulb
How to change a light fitting isn't as simple as you might think (Image credit: Getty Images)

Knowing how to change a light fitting can be a handy skill when renovating your home or redecorating.

And day-to-day it might become necessary if you've tried changing the bulb, only to find the fault lies with the fitting itself. The wiring might've come loose in the rose or the lamp holder or it might just be time to replace the light fitting entirely.

If you are rewiring, changing a light fitting might come into that and if you're a competent DIYer, it's a job you could potentially take on yourself. But if there is any doubt when it comes to electrics you need to call in an electrician.

Here we show how to change a light fitting safely including the whole pendant or just the lamp holder.   

A portrait of electrician Jonathan Bacon
Jonathan Bacon

Jonathan is a professional electrician who has worked within the electrical contracting industry for 26 years, focusing on commercial fire alarm systems

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.