Can you give me ideas for replacing this front hall light fixture?


We want to replace this front hall a light fixture. Problem is that the electrical outlet is on a wall, and not on the ceiling, as shown. Any suggestions or recommendations on how to make this clean, modern, and impressive, without breaking the bank and re-wiring in the ceiling? Rewiring the ceiling would be difficult, as there is no attic space above the beams. Thanks!!! 😊

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 06, 2019

    Hello there,

    Maybe a branched Chandelier, something larger and more impressive would suit your decor.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 06, 2019

    My preference-I would have the wiring moved to the ceiling beam, that what we did many times are we are in a log cabin situation with ceiling beams. The wiring would most likely go in the wall out nearest the beam edge and hidden under molding adjacent to the beam.

    Any lighting placed there at depicted location may offer ineffective light with height placement and ceiling vault -imho.

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    • Know Know on Mar 03, 2021

      Thank you - ths is great!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 06, 2019

    My answer is similar Williams, only where I live it is called a conduit.

    Using a conduit hides the electrical wiring, and enables installation of new electrical fixtures in a location other than where the original fixture was. It is much less work than crawling up into the attic, or onto a roof, fishing wires, and cutting new holes in the ceiling. Paint out the conduit to match the ceiling or wall color and it will be almost invisible.

    If you are wanting a clean, updated look to the foyer, I would suggest installing an integrated LED flush mount fixture. As these are very lightweight, one could easily be attached to the slanted ceiling.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 11, 2019

      You're very welcome.

      Post a picture here to share the 'after' when the project is finished.

  • The wiremold will certainly work and I just wrote an article about new electrical outlet choices, including wiremold. You could easily run the wiremold along the ceiling beam, where it would be masked sitting in the shadow of the exposed beam.

    However that won't solve the challenge of hiding the wiring from the outlet to the ceiling beam ... so here's an idea I used successfully in my handyman business. After making repairs that caused ceiling stains the challenge was how much of the ceiling we would paint because today's open floor plans mean ceilings go on and on.

    That means it's time for you to think outside the box, look at your light fixture and come up with several designs for simple wood trim on your ceiling to frame the light and provide a way to hide wiring (or wiremold) from the outlet to the ceiling beam.

    You'll find ideas on my pinterest board on walls and ceilings.

  • William William on Sep 10, 2019

    What I have done to hide wiremold in walls is cut a groove in the drywall from ceiling to wall outlet and bury the wiremold in the groove. Then just patch over the groove with fiberglass drywall mesh tape and no shrink drywall patching compound. Got this tip from an electrician to hide Romex or wiremold.

  • William William on Sep 11, 2019

    Your very welcome. Good luck.