|After (as seen before our new kitchen counter tops were installed.)|
Since these can lights were mounted into the soffit, I took a chance that it would be easy to add another. First things first- turn off the power to the circuit, (if you value your life that is.) Then I started by measuring the for the exact location I would want my new light, and cut out the circle with a drywall saw. Good news, there were no studs or cross beams up in the soffit, just easy access to the other lights and the power running to each of them. Things work in your favor so rarely when doing home improvement that I took a moment to bust out a little jig for good karma. It may or may not have resembled The Carlton. You'll never know.
Before I continue to ramble, let me say that everything I know about electrical I learned from Super Dad and my Home Depot 1-2-3
Okay, now back to work. I started by dismantling the middle light and disconnecting it from the power source. I then pulled that power cord back through the soffit to my first hole, so I could connect it with my new light. When I twisted the new light wires onto the power source, I also twisted into this same connection a new 14-2 wire that was about 3 feet long, that could then run through the soffit to bring power back to my middle light. I connected this new wire to the center light, as well as the wire that leads to the third. It took just a few minutes, and I was cash money.
I've never installed a can light before, so I was really surprised how cheap and easy they are. The can itself was only $6, and then I purchased a white and black face plate for it to match the others in the room for an additional $11.
So about 27 minutes and $17 later I had this:
With the addition of the new light it's nearly impossible to tell that this wasn't the original cabinet configuration all along. We initially considered dropping down 3 small pendant lights here instead, but after a lot of consideration we decided that they might take away from the great pendant light we installed over the kitchen table, and hang a little too low over our stove. In the end I love the amount of light that these guys provide and I'm happy with the simplicity of the space.
Any one else out there ever take on their own electrical endeavors? Or remember the "connect the circuit" lesson plans from grade school? Or love how cheap, easy and clean looking can lights are? If only they were are easy to install when remodeling as they are with new construction.