Moving a light fixture can be a daunting task, especially when the junction box is located in an inconvenient spot. However, it is possible to avoid the hassle of moving the junction box altogether and still be able to switch up the placement of your light fixture. In this article, we will go over the steps necessary to move a light fixture without moving the junction box and save time and money in the process.
Step 1: Turn Off Power
Before you do anything, the first step is to turn off the power to the circuit where your light fixture is located. Locate your circuit breaker panel and turn off the corresponding circuit to the light fixture. If you are unsure which circuit it is, you can use a voltage tester to check that the power is off.
Step 2: Remove the Light Fixture
Next, you will need to remove the light fixture from the ceiling. This can usually be accomplished by unscrewing the decorative cap or canopy that covers the mounting bracket.
Step 3: Disconnect Wiring
After you have removed the cap or canopy, you will see the mounting bracket with wires connected to it. Use a screwdriver to disconnect the wires from the mounting bracket.
Step 4: Install a Crossbar
To move the light fixture, you will need to install a crossbar to a new location on the ceiling. A crossbar is a flat piece of metal that spans across the ceiling joists and provides a secure platform to mount the light fixture. To install the crossbar, first, mark the spot on the ceiling where you want the light fixture to be. Then, drill a hole in the ceiling joist where you want to position the crossbar. Attach the crossbar to the joist using screws through the pre-drilled holes in the crossbar.
Step 5: Run the Wiring
With the crossbar installed, you can now run the wiring from the junction box to the new location of the light fixture. Use a fish tape to guide the wiring through any holes or insulation in the ceiling. Once you have the wiring in place, connect the wires to the new mounting bracket.
Step 6: Attach the Light Fixture
Finally, you can reattach the light fixture to the new mounting bracket. Screw the decorative cap or canopy back onto the bracket, and you’re done! Remember to turn the power back on at the circuit breaker panel.