Lighting Basics
Littman Bros Lighting |  December 30, 2013

How do I Cover Recessed Lighting that is not in use?

Do you have light fixtures or recessed lighting that is off-center from your furniture or cabinet/counter layout? The correct, but tedious way to center fixtures is to re-route your electrical wiring through new electrical boxes or cans and remove the old one and then follow-up with a drywall repair and re-paint.

How do you move the electrical wiring in your wall or ceiling without having major electrical and drywall repair? If you want to slide a chandelier over a bit, you can hide the old box with a ceiling medallion around the base of the light. Make sure to match the medallion style with your chandelier, otherwise it will detract from your fixture and leave people wondering why you used that medallion. A contemporary fixture needs a very simple and white medallion that blends into the ceiling while a crystal and rod-iron piece calls for an intricate and hand painted medallion.  Note, if the electrical is not re-routed, the old boxes or cans must remain accessible; you cannot drywall over these eyesores.

What if you are moving a can or a flush mount? Speaker covers can be used to make them disappear – they are the same color as the ceiling and will be looked over by guests or they will assume you have a speaker system.

If your electrical box is not centered over your dining room table or kitchen island, and you want to hang a chandelier or pendants over this location, the best solution without having to rewire, is to use a monorail track system, like the Tech Lighting Monorail Track Kit.  You can hang 3-7 pendants from this rail track kit, and evenly distribute them throughout the rail.