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Question DetailsAsked on 11/10/2014

I want the florescent lighting in my kitchen taken down and just a regular kitchen light fixture put in, any idea

I want the whole flurorecent 4 foot enclosure taken down and put a common light fixture in. no fan .

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Sounds like you mean a dropped light box - a fixture with apearance frame around it sticking down 4-6 inches from the ceiling like this -


http://www.amazon.com/Lighting-AFX-UC...


Some of these just have a few screws through brackets or drywall anchors holding the frame up (you remove the plastic flexible, bendable diffuser to get at them) and the whole outer frame (or frame and light together) will come down, so you only have a few screwholes to patch in the underlying ceiling and a bit of touchup painting to do. If frame comes down separate, then metal light fixture will have a few screws into the ceiling to mount it (usually under the pop-off center wiring trough cover above the bulbs), plus of course the wires connecting it to an electrical box.


If original construction, then commonly it is built-in and you tear up the ceiling quite a bit taking it out - and in some cases there is not even drywall above the fixture - only bare joists, so you need a significant drywall repair done as well as an electrician to put electrical box where you want it and painter to repaint. And on kitchen ceilings especially (usually gloss finish), a matching paint touchup is almost impossible to match because ofthe finish texture and being a smooth horizontal eye-level surface, so you normally repaint the entire ceiling to get a uniform appearance.


You probably want a Remodel - Kitchen and Bath contractor who can handle the removal, electrical, drywall, and painting in one contractor. Cost could vary widely - from a few hundred $ (plus cost of your new light fixture) if a simple after-the-fact add-on flourescent fixture, to more like $400-800 range if you have exposed joists after the removal. High cost not because of difficulty, but rather due to the number of trades involved.


Other possibility is a handyman, though legally he probably cannot do the electrical - but then again, if using same electricall junction box in same location maybe can, and commonly will even if not licensed. Of course, unless you are familiar with his work, you don't know how good a drywall and paint job you will get, so there is risk involved with getting his maybe 50% lower price.


This is also not a tough DIY job, especially if the ceiling was completely drywalled before the light was installed so you areonly patching holes rather than cutting in an entirely new piece of drywall. Just make sure to kill the circuit breaker before removing - to get use of that circuit back while doing ceiling repair you could wire nut the wires for safety and turn the breaker back on. Remember - NOT safe to count on the light switch and taping over it for turning off the power, because if there is incorrect wiring in the circuit the neutral or even ground can be live.


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Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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