Swapping a dated fluorescent fixture for pendants


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Old 10-09-13, 12:12 PM
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I'm interested in changing this fluorescent fixture for 3 evenly spaced pendants. Can anyone help with some starter guidelines on how to approach this project?

I'm interested in doing as much myself as possible so I can minimize the amount of electrician time (read $) needed. I'm comfortable installing a fixture once the boxes are in place, but I'm not familiar with the rules and specs needed for essentially splitting a single fixture box (assuming there is just one behind this mammoth fixture) into multiple to use for pendants.

This fixture is controlled by a typical wall light switch (only on/off).

Any potential gotchas I should be concerned with?

My plan (assuming I had new fixtures in hand) would currently be to:

1. Power eveything off
2. Remove the old fixture
3. Have electrician open up the ceiling and run wires for two additional boxes (not sure what size or anything I might need to know here)
4. Power on & have the electrician test those.
5. Send him home, power off, and install/mount the purchased pendants myself.

Thanks in advance for your help!
 
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Old 10-09-13, 01:22 PM
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Because it is their license on the line and their name on the permit they are unlikely let you do it that way. It is an easy DIY job thought.

First question: Is there an unfinished attic above.
 
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Any potential gotchas I should be concerned with?
Yes. The quality of light as well as the quantity of light will be less from the pendants than from the existing fixture. The pendants will likely cost more to operate. Double loser in my opinion.
 
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You probably only have a single cable into the back of the fixture. You might be able to re-route the cable to one of the pendant locations. Then you would run a new cable to the second location. Some drywall work may need to be done.

A box would be installed at each fixture location.
 
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The weight of the fixture needs to be considered when selecting the type of box also.
 
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Thanks for the help everyone,

There is no Attic above.
Concerns about cost are valid but secondary in my mind (its only a few light bulbs).
I am worried about lowering the amount of light. Maybe doing 4 recessed lights in a square pattern would be a better solution.

The point here is to get rid of the fluorescent fixture b/c its ugly (in our opinion) - no need to agree or disagree there.

Either way, I'll be getting an electrician/contractor to setup the new boxes. Can I expect one guy can do the electrical and drywall work?
 
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Can I expect one guy can do the electrical and drywall work?
Unlikely if he is a licensed electrician.
 
 

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