Suspended ceilings are a fantastic invention from a cabling perspective, because they reduce the need for unsightly trunking and hide a multitude of sins when it comes to drilling and fastening.

Unfortunately, the disadvantage of them being able to hide a multitude of sins is that they hide a multitude of sins.

Such as this left over construction lighting we found this week.

There are half a dozen of these dotted around the ground floor of one of our buildings. None of them are wired to anything, just bare contacts at the end of an expanse of yellow electrical cable.

We’re pretty sure they’ve been up there since the place was built 15 years ago.

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4 responses to “Suspension”

  1. Andy says :

    I know how that feels – many a time have I moved a suspended tile only to be slapped on the forehead by a cable. One time I was approached by a cable and having caught it, coiled it up and threw it back to the void – it touched a girder and sent sparks flying.

    Bloody electricians working in schools need to be shot.

  2. Amadeus Phoenix says :

    One of the things that worries me is the number of people who try to attach projectors and similar straight onto the tiles…

  3. ScottishTech says :

    We had the “attach to fake ceiling” issue with Promethean approved installers several years ago. Oddly enough, after the massive wotsit-storm this kicked up, this company were removed from Promethean’s approved list.

  4. John says :

    Ah the 110v lighting left in, yup I know that one well, we had it all left in our service ducts at work after Asbestos removal works, so we bought some 110V transformers from eBay and turned it to our advantage, we modified them runs slightly and took some lamps out and moved some and we now have lighting in 2 out of the 3 main service ducts in school its great :)

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