I am going to hire someone, but I like to know how easy or doable it is to move a ceiling light fixture.
With a remodel the ceiling light over our dining room table is not centered. I bought a new fixture but want to hang it a few inches over from where the current one is.
Is this much of a big deal?
Is there attic space above? The new light location has to be strong enough to hold the new light, and the place of the old light needs repairing.
So there's the structural integrity of the new light box that has to be dealt with. And then there is the wiring which needs moving. If you can shorten the wire to make it work, then that might be easy depending on if there are any ceiling joists in the way. But if you're going farther from the direction the wire comes from, you'll need to lengthen it, which might mean you need a junction box to add on. So how hard it is to move the light will depend on whats above the new location.
It will be easier if there is attic space above, than if its another floor above.
And there is a way of "cheating" that is really easy: If your fixture hangs from a chain in any part, you can keep the fixture base exactly where it is now, then install a hook that is centered over the table. Run the chain from the bast to the hook and then let it hang the light.
Boo hoo hoo, of course I wanted.....it is no problem, an easy job.
I will leave it up to the electrician, with the second option of chain, to the bast, to a hook, if he thinks it will be difficult.
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