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Reducing the number of existing potlights

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Reducing the number of existing potlights

Last year we had pot light installed on the main floor of the house. In the living room ( size 12x14) I asked the electrician to install only 6 lights as I don't like the Swiss cheese look on the ceiling. Somehow he convinced me to have 8 lights. I thought it will grow on me but after an year I still hate it. So now I want to reduce the number of lights to 6 and patch those holes. Do I need to call a certified electrician for that or any handyman can do it? Approximately What would be the cost involved?
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What is the reason you don't like them? Too bright? You could install a dimmer and dim it down. Saves a lot of hassle and later on if you change your mind it's a lot easier as well. I personally wouldn't take out say a row of them because then you will have a dark spot with low light and shadows.

sanz123 wrote: Last year we had pot light installed on the main floor of the house. In the living room ( size 12x14) I asked the electrician to install only 6 lights as I don't like the Swiss cheese look on the ceiling. Somehow he convinced me to have 8 lights. I thought it will grow on me but after an year I still hate it. So now I want to reduce the number of lights to 6 and patch those holes. Do I need to call a certified electrician for that or any handyman can do it? Approximately What would be the cost involved?
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sanz123 wrote: So now I want to reduce the number of lights to 6 and patch those holes. Do I need to call a certified electrician for that or any handyman can do it? Approximately What would be the cost involved?
To do this properly a new wire should be pulled connecting lights when a pot light is being eliminated like this.
Most handymen will just remove the light, connect the wires with marettes...Maybe put the wire connection in a box but it still shouldn't be buried.

If you do take out 2 lights don't eliminate a row; take out one on each side of the two center rows. Remove those 2 bulbs this evening to see if you like the effect....if not try one light from opposite sides of the end rows.
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Sounds like a lot of work and some expense, to keep it to code, for 2 potlights. I will assume the 8 lights are on the same circuit. Where I live, it would be against code to pull 2 lights & patch over a live (spliced) circuit. You might be better to remove the bulbs from 2 lights.
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If the two lights you're removing are the last two in the circuit, you could eliminate those by finding the wire feeding them from the other pot lights. That been said, this would involve opening up potlight and undoing the joints until you found which wire you're looking for.

If they aren't end of the line, you'd have to run a new wire, and that's more work than you want to do.
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Zamboni wrote: Most handymen will just remove the light, connect the wires with marettes...Maybe put the wire connection in a box but it still shouldn't be buried.
This. i.e., you're going to end up with a visible cover in the ceiling.

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Cough wrote: Ridiculous. Rich people's problems.
yao416 wrote: Damn. Rich peoples problem indeed
Ok people. To keep it in perspective, this is RFD. Everything here is pretty much rich people or first world problem.
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Zamboni wrote: To do this properly a new wire should be pulled connecting lights when a pot light is being eliminated like this.
Most handymen will just remove the light, connect the wires with marettes...Maybe put the wire connection in a box but it still shouldn't be buried.

If you do take out 2 lights don't eliminate a row; take out one on each side of the two center rows. Remove those 2 bulbs this evening to see if you like the effect....if not try one light from opposite sides of the end rows.
As long as there is no danger, I don't see the point of following code

This is a pretty stupid problem
Most normal people would just yank out the bulb, and leave empty or perhaps place a cover plate over.
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sandav wrote: Ok people. To keep it in perspective, this is RFD. Everything here is pretty much rich people or first world problem.
Not really. What about when we talk about plain old bananas on sale for 25 cents?
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Thank you guys for useful tips. I already have a dimmer, but it's just me who think there are too many holes in the ceiling. With all the suggestions, I am thinking of leaving them as they are. Too much work involved for apparently a small job.
Thanks again. By the way I am not rich Face With Tears Of Joy
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in North York every pot light adds 5000 value to the house...
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eldeejay wrote: in North York every pot light adds 5000 value to the house...
Wowzers! I'm gonna go for the Swiss cheese look. +$1M based on the family room ceiling alone.

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