install / fix / put up > spot lamps

goldencypress

Senior Member
India - Malayalam
Which word collocates best with “spot lamps” in the following example sentence? Why do you think the words are inappropriate?

We have plans to INSTALL / FIX / PUT UP two spot lamps on the ground at the bottom of the planter box beaming green light on the green foliage in the planter.

Or, could you suggest another word?

Thank you.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    I would use "install." Fix does not mean "affix," plus you're not affixing these lamps to anything. And "put up" strikes me as something overhead: put up the Christmas tree, put up lights in the eaves of the house.
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I agree with CR.

    I'd use present progressive: We are planning to install ...

    Alternative: We are planning to put in ...
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I can install two light bulbs, but I don't want to compete with CR. :)

    Anybulb: "install" is fine. I agree with CR.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    How about "I can install cup hooks for you under this shelf"? In any case, my example was just to show that you can install things smaller than a guest bathroom. :)
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I'm rather fond of installing electrons around a nucleus. (Only Saturdays.)

    EDIT: Very much in agreement with CR on this one. "to install" has a wide berth. It sounds fine in the OP's context, in American English.
     
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