Old Work Lighting Options?

Old 01-08-19, 03:26 PM
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Old Work Lighting Options?

I have a large room that I need to improve the lighting in. It is about 38x25 or thereabouts. The only lighting in it is on two fans. I think 8 6" can lights with eyeball trim would work wonderfully as the ceiling is low sloped, but sloped nonetheless. Also, it is 10' high at its lowest point.

The issue is that the ceiling and walls are pine tongue and groove. I CAN cut a 6" hole in it for remodel cans, but I would really rather not. I figured in 2019 there were some sort of better lighting technology that would preclude this.

I have access to the entirety of the ceiling attic space. Does anyone make a light that can mount on a ceiling and perhaps only require a small hole to pass a wire through? It would have to be a low voltage wire, which means the box above would have to house a transformer. It would have to be LED to make that work and I would really only be interested if it outputs similar light.

Has anyone seen such a product? Are there other less intrusive options to cans that still put out a lot of light?

Just doing a little research. I fear at the very least I would have to cut square electrical boxes in and that still sucks, but I guess its better.
Old 01-28-19, 02:56 AM
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I suggest that you replace the existing bulbs with some 100 or 125 watt LED's. I use 3 100's in my office and use only one lamp most of the time.
Not knowing your taste, Start looking say Amazon or 1000 bulbs for fixtures. There are line voltage LED's now days, no ballast required. Keep in mind that your ceiling is flammable and you do not want something snug against the ceiling that is going to get real hot. Keep with UL, CSA or ETL fixtures.

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