How To Move A Light Fixture To A New Location
I want to move the light fixture that is currently in my dining room to another area. How to Move a Light Fixture.
The Process and Considerations When Relocating a Light Fixture
Electrical Question: I want to move the light fixture that is currently in my dining room to another area.
Right now it is no where near my dining table and I want to move it so it hangs over my table. Is this possible, it runs off one light switch.
Background: Janine, a Homeowner from Canada.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Janine.
Yes Janine, it is possible to relocate a light fixture to a new location.
How to Move a Light Fixture
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.
The process of moving a light fixture and tips on the materials involved
The existing fixture box can either be removed or left in place and covered with a decorative blank cover plate, such as an Arlington blank plastic cover plate, or you may choose to remove the existing fixture box and have the wiring placed into an approved and accessible junction box.
Depending on the new location, the electrical wiring will need to be extended to the desired location where a new fixture box can be installed.
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