I am having a new home built and the builder placed only 1 ceiling
mount for lighting in the kitchen. For some reason, I overlooked the
need for additional lighting via recessed or those fancy hanging lights
over the bar.
Any recommendations on how to add the appropriate wiring now? Any help
Retro fit ceiling boxes like the Westinghouse 1100 can be installed from
below sheetrock through a 4inch round hole but the cable to the switch and
feed will probably require some notching . I'd talk to the electrician on
Sure. New electical boxes for outlets, lights, switches are installed
all the time in "old" construction by fishing wires. You may likely
need sheetrock patching and repainting after it's done, however.
BTW, it helps to quote at minimum the pertinent part of the post you
are responding to, as an aid to comprehension :-).
There are some really nice looking newer "track lighting" styles that don't
look anything like the traditional track lighting. Home Depot has a few of
them -- if you have an IKEA near you they have many more. In these designs
the wiring is meant to be exposed -- and part of "the look".
How big is the kitchen? If ceiling is all done up no much can be done.
You can mount a track light bar or florescent fixture box.
Other than that, need soem work to install fancy lighting.
Fishing wire is an art. Consider less than obvious routes. More wire but
easier fishing. For instance, run the wire into an adjacent utility room
and make your cross joist run there where imperfections in drywall will be
or remove some siding and sheething outside to run the wires. May actually
be easier depending on location and construction methods.
Did you take pictures of everything before the sheetrock went up?
I agree with the art of wire fishing. Rather than DIY, you would likely be
ahead if you can find a well experienced "old work" electrician. Don't
expect too much, as unforseen obstacles come up, but a good man can get a
wire from any point to any other point with a minimum of damage.
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