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Our Backplates explained

Flush fitting or Raised Backplate?
Flush Fitting Wall Light
Wall Light with Raised Backplate
Georgian Ceiling Rose (flush)

What is a flush fitting backplate?

When you browse through our wall light range, you may notice that we offer two styles of back plates; flush fitting and raised.

In order to retain the classic look of a traditional wall light, many of our designs have a flush fitting back plate enabling them to sit neatly up against the wall. However, in order to achieve this, the plastic connector box will need to be housed within a cavity in the wall as there is physically no room within the light fitting itself.

This means that if you do not already have such a cavity, need to consult a qualified electrician about fitting a mounting box into your wall. This is generally not a problem if you have plasterboard walls but may be more difficult if they are solid brick or lath and plaster.

We supply a range of mounting boxes in different sizes for our switches and sockets but suggest that for wall lights you consider our Architrave Box (3031) and Reducer Lid (3034) as these offer the smallest and neatest solution for non-cavity installation.

Alternatively, you can opt for a light with a raised back plate.
Double Smuggler's wall light
Grantham wall light

What is a raised backplate?

Our raised back plates are a much deeper and more practical option if you are not too keen on going into your wall.  They have the capacity to house the connector box and wires within the light fitting itself so eliminates the need to create a cavity within the wall. 

For many people it is question of personal preference, but for some it may be that your home can only  accommodate one option.

If you need any further help or advice then please do give our friendly sales team a call on 01473 826978. Alternatively, your electrician will be able to advise which option is best for you.

Our brilliantly simple pattresses

What is a pattress?

Wiring in period homes can be a tricky business which is why our design team have come up with this brilliantly versatile, neat little pattress to give your ceiling rose or wall light back plate extra depth.
  • The pattress screws onto your existing Jim Lawrence Georgian ceiling rose to give it extra space to house the external wiring.
  • We also have a wall fitting version for use with our Club, Holt and Fisher wall lights.
  •  Both pattresses come in all corresponding colourways to give you a subtle but practical wiring solution.
ceiling mounted pattress
Wall mounted pattress

How to fit your pattress

These fitting instructions are for the Georgian Ceiling Pattress and the Club / Holt / Fisher Lighting Pattress. Please be familiar with your lights fitting instructions and ensure the mains electricity is turned off before installing your lighting pattress.

  1. Offer the pattress to the ceiling or wall where you would like to position your light. Ensure you have a strong fixing point – a joist or batten is ideal.
  2. Make sure the two threaded holes on the pattress are aligned with the hole spacing and orientation of your light. 
  3. Mark and drill the holes for the fixing screws taking care not to damage any electrical cables. In many older houses this point can take some time to prepare.
  4. Using the three wood screws provided, screw the pattress to the wall / ceiling, ensure you feed your supply cable through the central cut out first.
  5. Wire your light in accordance with the lights fitting instructions and then place over the pattress. 
  6. Use the two countersunk machine screws supplied to fix the light to the pattress.
Please retain these fitting instructions for further use