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Old 10-15-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Adding Additional Recessed lights to existing


Hello Fellow DIYers,

I have 2 recessed lights in my kitchen that is connected to a single light switch. I would like to add another 2 recessed lights by attaching another wire to the junction box of each light and running a wire some 15 feet parallel to the joists.

My question is, how can I do this without cutting out the drywall? Can I somehow remove the existing recessed light housing to access the wiring junction box? The existing lights were installed by the builder using new home construction recessed lights ( The one's with the bars on each side with a separate junction box). Attached is a diagram of what I propose.

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Old 10-15-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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Typically there are 3 small screws that can be removed to allow access to the junction box on the fixtures. You could then push the cables down the joist bay.

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After removing the the recess housing, I have used my phone to take a picture down a space just to make sure there are no obstacles blocking the path of wire and proposed location of new recessed light.
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Thank You. I will give that a shot.
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Turns out that there is a firewall (wood perpendicular to the studs) in between - down about 6 feet from the light. What is the best method to run a wire through that? Is my only option to cut the drywall by the firewall and drill a hole to run the cable?
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That is probably just solid bridging. You should be able to drill it.

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