Friday, April 4, 2014

Casting New Light

I came home from the boys' hockey practice to find a guy on a ladder with his hand in a hole in the ceiling.  Thankfully based on the name on his shirt he's my husband and not a stranger with his hand in the ceiling.

The light fixture that was there was original to the house.   Circa 1968.  I have no idea how we didn't rip it down sooner.  The project was so sudden he didn't take a before shot so here it is in the background of a kitchen photo.  A beauty.

Sean replaced it with an recessed eyeball can in its place.

Then we couldn't let its twin down the hall go ignored.

Crappy picture but even crappier when the light is on.  It gives me a headache.

After 6 years of searching for a fixture I found this guy.  The kids and the husband think it looks like a snare drum on the ceiling.  It does.

Pottery Barn
3 days later the fixture is in and already gives the hall a much more updated look.

Now that guy with his hand in the ceiling wants to repaint the hall.  Apparently he's done with the green.  I guess I am too.  This is how that happens.

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  1. Every house should come with a guy with his hand in the ceiling. :) I love your creative way of writing this post.

    I'd love more details on the eyeball can. Does it work with the existing junction box?

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  3. Depends on the wiring in that junction box, but most likely you can replace that box with something like this (link below) then choose your trim (eyeball, spot, etc). This has a wiring junction box included. Note that if this is in an area that has insulation in the ceiling, you will need to use a IC (insulation contact) rated for that application.

    Non IC: