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Old 01-11-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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We have two ceiling lights in our kitchen. 1 is in the front of the kitchen in the center of the room, the other is in the back of the kitchen but not centered in the room.

We just built our own island for the kitchen and want to install some pendant lights over top of the island however the box is off to the left about 3 feet back.

I am wondering if there is a way we can buy any pendant lights and somehow run cord from current box to the lights which would be mounted over the island. We would leave the cable/wire with a small droop from the box to the lights so it doesn't look like we are trying to hide it - maybe wrap it in something even.

Anyways, is there a kit or something that I can use for this or some way to run a cable outside of the ceiling. I am not sure where the electrical runs from so moving the light and replacing the wire would be a bit difficult (probably anyways).

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How do you want to connect it to the existing box? I think the best is to tap off the box to where you need it

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But if I tap at the box, do I not have to leave the box accessible? Ie. I can't cover it with drywall patch and hide it? I don't want to have a box in my ceiling just to have a "junction box".
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But if I tap at the box, do I not have to leave the box accessible? Ie. I can't cover it with drywall patch and hide it? I don't want to have a box in my ceiling just to have a "junction box".
That's correct but the truth is a blank place really doesn't look so bad
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Perhaps, I guess that is an option if we can't figure out things out the way I am in my head .

I can only imagine how many "DIYers" cover their junction boxes.
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Actually, I wonder if I could cover the blank with a "lo-pro" battery operated smoke detector. I don't know, I am having a hard time picturing a blank cover in the ceiling, seems like it would stick out. At least if it is a fire alarm, it makes sense that it is there and wouldn't draw considerable attention.
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Perhaps, I guess that is an option if we can't figure out things out the way I am in my head .

I can only imagine how many "DIYers" cover their junction boxes.
Well I don't have to imagine, I know
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Actually, I wonder if I could cover the blank with a "lo-pro" battery operated smoke detector. I don't know, I am having a hard time picturing a blank cover in the ceiling, seems like it would stick out. At least if it is a fire alarm, it makes sense that it is there and wouldn't draw considerable attention.
IMO it's worse but I don't see any violation in it assuming it's just extra.
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Yeah, I will have to do some recon when I get home; check out where the box is located (in relation to the joists), how far I would have to move some wire, etc., etc.
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Look into a swag kit to hang the lamps a distance from the electrical box.
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I would suggest removing the box completely and either running some new wire down the wall to s switch, or making a junction in the ceiling and patching the whole with drywall (dont tell anyone I said that ). It might cost a little more to patch a few holes and paint over them, but I think that it is worth the effort.
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Attic access?
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Nope that would be too easy . It is the first floor of a 2 storey house.
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or making a junction in the ceiling and patching the whole with drywall (dont tell anyone I said that ).
Good thing I don't know where you live

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