12:24PM | 03/01/07
Member Since: 02/28/07
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In our small guest bathroom there is a 2X4ft recess in the ceiling over the sink/counter area. In the recess are 2 fluorescent bulbs, covered by a sheet of opaque plastic.

I hate how it looks, and would like to replace with a vanity light fixture.

Also would remove the metal frame, of course, and put up some kind of molding.

I will hire a pro, but am wondering what would be involved and if it's advisable.

6921 replace fluorescent


07:19AM | 03/02/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
Yep, that is ugly.

Myself, I would do the work myself. I can't afford to pay someone more than I earn to do something I can probably manage.

If you want a wall mounted light fixture, you will have to fish your wires down to the wall and had a box their. Hopefully there is a stud nearby to support weight of your fixture.

I would leave an box on the ceiling portion also, because you will probably will have to get to the pigtails you spliced into this system. This will be covered with a blank plate painted to match the ceiling.

The Drywall isn't too difficult.

This job can be done in 2 or 3 visits if you do the painting yourself. Have to leave time for the Drywall compound to set.

If you did this yourself, materials would cost less than $10 + the cost of your new fixture and maybe your paint.


07:19AM | 03/02/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
pardon my spelling, I typed quickly and didn't pay much attention.


08:22AM | 03/03/07
Member Since: 02/28/07
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Thank you.

So you're saying that whatever wiring is there feeding into the fluorescent fixture should be OK to connect to a box for the incandescent fixture.

I believe the box for the fluorescents is on the wall.

what you don't see in the photo, btw, is the plastic cover that hides the bulbs. but it's still ugly ;-)
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