Installing a light fixture


Old 08-13-02, 07:05 AM
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Question Installing a light fixture

I'd like to have a chandelier installed in my dining room however I'm not sure of the feasibility of it as well as the cost. There's a second story above the dining room so coming from above is not an option. My question is: Would installing a light into the ceiling and attempting to run power to it from a nearby outlet be possible? If so, would it cost a lot to have it done? I'm guessing it would make quite a mess having to drill through several beams to get the power from the outlet(s) to the installed light? I was wondering if there's an easier way. Sorry, I have absolutely no knowledge on this area so I apologize if this is a dumb question. Thank you!
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Old 08-13-02, 07:48 AM
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Talking Joist direction

It depends on the direction of the 1F ceiling joists. Check if there's a power source on the wall in which you can tap into and run a wire in parallel to the joists, to the ceiling box for a chandelier. If so, it won't be too difficult.
The way to find out is to purchase a $10 stud finder and scan through the ceiling to find out.
Check for the above and reply so; and we'll help you more.
Old 08-13-02, 09:55 AM
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There are alternatives: If there is an existing light box in the ceiling you could swag the fixture to it's new location. If that's not desirable and you don't want to do all the patching involved with channeling the ceiling, if the joist don't run in the same direction, then you could also use Wiremold. Wiremold is a surface mounted raceway and you can purchase either plastic or metal. The plastic is usually attached to the surface with double sided tape that is already provided with the wiremold. The metal requires the use of either straps over the outside or you can use clips which the wiremold fits into and the wiremold will basically hide the clips.
Hope this helps.
Old 08-14-02, 06:43 AM
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Thanks for all the helpful replies. Here's some more info: I have wall outlets parallel as well as perpendicular to the ceiling joists. Will the electrician just be able to tap into one of these outlets without having to cut up the wall and ceiling thus leaving a lot of patchwork?

I've never heard of Wiremold. Does this run along the outside of the wall as well as the ceiling up to the fixture?

My bedroom is on the second floor above the dining room so coming down from above is probably not an option.

Thanks again for all the help! This forum is the best!!!
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If you want the wiring concealed in the wall, some drywall damage is inevitable. If the receptacle in the wall that is perpendicular to the joists is lined up with the center of the room where you want the fixture, this will make it easier. Also of importance is where you will want the switch.

Wiremold is a surface wiring method that looks as good as any surface wiring can be. But it is noticeable.

As I said, some drywall damage is unavoidable no matter what if you use concealed wiring. However, drywall repair is not rocket science and can be fairly easily accomplished. The most time-consuming part is that you'll probably need to repaint the room afterwards. I hope you wanted to paint it anyway. But I wouldn't let this stop you from getting exactly what you want. It's all straightforward and done every day.

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