Centering a Fixture With an Off-Center J-Box
Our expert, Randall Whitehead, IALD, gives some options for making the best of an off-center situation over a dining table.
The center light in our dining room is not over the table because we now have a large shelving unit against the wall. What suggestions do you have regarding lighting over the table?
This is a challenge, because moving the existing junction box might be tricky. Anytime you have an electrical connection made, it needs to be housed in an accessible box, as per code. For example, if the fixture over the dining room table is 12 to 18 inches off center because of the wall unit, a cover plate would need to be installed over the old junction box when the wiring is extended to the new fixture location. This is not very attractive. In order to avoid this, an electrician would need to pull new wiring that is long enough to go from the existing switch or dimmer to the new fixture location. If the ceiling joists are going in the right way, it is pretty easy to pull new wiring with a minimum of fuss. If the joists are going in the wrong direction, the electricians can use a technique where they cut a ¾-inch-wide slot in the sheetrock and loop the Romex under the joists. They cover the slot with a narrow metal plate, which is then plastered over, meeting code. Here’s another, less-involved option. Depending how far off the new fixture location is from center, you could cover the old junction box with a large-enough plaster medallion or rosette (as in this photo). As long as the medallion is screwed in and not glued to the ceiling, it acts as overscaled junction box cover. These medallions come in all sizes and styles. An oval one might just be the ticket.
Randall Whitehead, IALD
Latest from ask randall
Yes, using just recessed downlights in a room produces harsh shadows on people’s faces and makes the ceiling feel lower. I would recommend dividing... read full story
As far as indirect lighting goes, using LEDs, I would recommend 250 lumens per foot. Your pendant fixtures should be in the 36-inch to 42-inch... read full story
The short answer is yes, you can get LED that is daylight in color and has full-spectrum quality. I need to put in a qualifier, though. Full-spectrum... read full story
Wednesday, April 62 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar here. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW) 1.0 Learning UnitIDCEC (IIDA/ASID/IDC/IDS) 0.1 CEUNKBA... read full story
Archived CEU Webinar: LED Lighting 204 - LED and Solid-State Lighting Opportunities for Aging Eyes, Health and Behavior
Sponsored by Emerson and Kuzco Lighting. This free CEU webinar has already taken place, but you can still watch it on demand by clicking here. Webinar Overview:Learning units... read full story
Sponsored by Bock Lighting, CSL, Fanimation, Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and USA LED Lighting Solutions. Wednesday, June 10, 2-3 p.m. EDT This free CEU webinar has... read full story