John Lewis Fenix 4 Spotlight Ceiling Bar
Nightmare changing the bulbs
I bought 2 of these lights for our new kitchen. They look lovely but have just had to calm down a very irate husband after he has spent 10 minutes removing 2 of the bulbs, and 20 minutes trying to replace them!!!
As the lights were only fitted last November, we were surprised that they had blown! Not up to the usual John Lewis standard.
17 January 2015
Look good in modern room
Look great in our new study .
Recommend Phillips GU10 LED 3.5S warm white light bulbs , also from JL.
11 November 2014
Problem changing bulbs
I've never reviewed a product before, but having just spent a frustrating 15 minutes struggling in vain to change a light bulb, I looked at the John Lewis website to see if I was doing something wrong.
Having read earlier reviews I feel that I too should comment.
Is there a basic design flaw? Does this have any health and safety implications in terms of component parts possibly over heating to the extent that it becomes impossible to remove a bulb safely? Is this product safe to use on a day to day basis?
It's not going to be easy for me to return this product as I had to pay for an electrician to install earlier in the year.
It would be helpful if John Lewis could acknowledge that there is a problem with this product and respond with practical help.
17 October 2014
The most frustrating light fitting ever?
We bought two for a study.
They appear reasonable value, until you have to change a bulb. Not the easiest thing to do at the best of times as the gap between the head of the bulb and the housing it goes into is microscopic. The bulb pushes up into the fitting and has to be twisted to connect. With some patience that can usually be achieved. However two bulbs which have failed (out of 8) will not come out at all, despite spending a considerable amount of time up a ladder trying to do so! I can only assume that these bulbs have expanded in use a very tiny amount and this is why they are stuck there. This is most frustrating! If it had happened just once, I might have put it down to bad luck, but twice suggests a design defect.
Perhaps someone at John Lewis might suggest a solution.
If there is no way in which they can be removed, I presume that the two year guarantee will cover this problem (including my electrician's costs of fitting a replacement!)
Unfortunately, as others have pointed out, the bulbs do not last very long, which exacerbates the problem.
15 September 2014
John Lewis Fenix 4 Spotlight Ceiling Bar
I am a great advocate of John Lewis due to their perceived quality of items that has almost legendary status. During a recent complete renovation of our Kitchen, I purchased the vast majority of items through John Lewis and the list included three Fenix 4 Spotlight Ceiling lights.
The first issue occurred when a bulb didn't work after they were fitted by the electrician; I guess nothing unusual here and John Lewis efficiently replaced the bulb with a higher priced Phillips bulb. Secondly, another bulb blew after approximately one month after installation; once again, the bulbs supplied weren't the highest of standard and, with 12 bulbs on the 3 ceiling bars, is that unreasonable?
However, the key concern came tonight, after the kitchen had been completed approximately 1 and half months ago, and I noticed that the electrician had left the stickers (highlighting max bulb wattage, bulb type and minimum distance from each bulb) on each shaft that connects the light bulb to the bar. I removed 11 of the 12 without problem, but the chrome plating was removed with the sticker on one lightbulb shaft and it now gives a visually different appearance to the entire ceiling bar.
There was nothing in the instructions to remove the sticker before fitting and the qualified electrician did not consider to remove them. The fact remains that the spotlight ceiling bar is poor quality, as justified in the below par standard of bulb provided and finish of the product that can be removed with a simple sticker. I am sure that if you remove the sticker prior to fitting and nothing is damaged, then you could be assured that your product will stand the test of time. However, I either have to remove/refit the ceiling bar after returning it to John Lewis or live with one of the lights being a slightly different colour on part of the light.
In short, this John Lewis product has failed my expectation for the quality that you expect from this brand.
08 October 2013
Good all round bar lighting
Fitted by the electrician without any problems. It came supplied with bulbs which was a pleasant surprise, even though one of the bulbs was broken (I assume in transportation) but this wasnt a problem as we had spare ones.
The swivel heads made it easy to turn to what ever direction you want. Overall a good product
13 January 2013
Attractive and versatile
We've installed 3 of these ceiling bars in the kitchen of our new build Scandinavian style house. They look good, and we like being able to position each spot. The only slight disappointment is with the bulbs supplied - 3 have failed just 6 months after the light fitting were installed. Given where we live (far north) the lights were hardly used through the summer months, so we feel they should not have failed this quickly.
18 November 2012
great light, well worth the money, picture doesnt do it justice!
05 October 2012