Powering Tray Ceiling Lighting!

Old 02-24-14, 06:57 AM
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Question Powering Tray Ceiling Lighting!

Hey everyone - I thought I'd post this to see if I could get some advice on how to handle this issue. Let me explain:

First off, I have an 8 year old, single story home with limited above-ceiling access. In our master bedroom, we have a tray ceiling. I wanted to install rope lighting nested in crown to provide indirect lighting - easy enough, right? The crown is no problem at all, but powering the lights is another story.

I would assume, with my limited electrical experience, that an outlet installed into the side of the tray would be the best route. We also wanted to run a switch to control that new outlet. There currently is no outlet up there. We do have a ceiling fan in that tray controlled by a switch however.

Question: what do I need to do in order to install an added switch on the wall and run power to a new outlet in the ceiling? I know how to install the actual receptacles themselves, but the wiring is my real issue. I'm at a real loss here. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Old 02-24-14, 08:19 AM
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Doing every thing in the same stud bay is easiest. In other words if you can put the new receptacle, new, switch, and an existing receptacle in a straight line floor to tray you can just run the new cable straight down. The existing receptacle box would be temporarily removed for access and holes cut for the two new boxes. Starting at the tray receptacle opening drop a xx-2* NM-b cable to the switch box then a cable from the switch box opening to the existing receptacle opening. Old works boxes would be installed in each of the three openings after the cable was run.

*xx-2 is 14-2 for a 15 amp breaker or 12-2 for a 20 amp breaker.

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