Okay, all of that was way off topic to the purpose of this post, which is the basement light. You may remember I cleaned up the basement a while back? Well, these things never last and it ended up looking like a major disaster again.
However, the more egregious part of the whole setup was this light that we hit our heads on every time we are in the basement. I can actually just barely stand up in the space down there. J has to hunch down.
So, we (my dad and I) installed new fluorescent lights up into the beam spaces. We used hooks into the particle board flooring.
Which then hooked onto the light. We actually ended up using S-hooks on the light instead of the chain so that the light would be as high as possible.
Installed between the beams.
This is after the first one went in. We discovered that the beams limited the light in the space, and needed to add one more to the right of this picture.
And then wired on an outlet to it for the fluorescent lights instead of the incandescent. The outlet faceplates are sold at Home Depot. We actually got a new electrical box as well.
We used a piece of trim to offset the box, so that the outlet would lay flat. You can see where the fluorescent plugs in.
And here is our second light.
Both lights on!
J and I then spent some time organizing, getting rid of junk and taking some stuff up to the attic. I hated to start using the attic, but we are going to try to be careful about not throwing too much crap up there. But, for now, we have a much nicer work area. I also plan on moving Christmas stuff up to the attic after Christmas, which will free up even more room.
And remember these? I ended up getting a new wall plate!
Then there was this mess.
Unfortunately, the wall plate was a bit small (need to wait until I can paint).
So, I stole a screw from the downstairs one I replaced. Good for now!
And that is all for now. I should have the Christmas decorations up by the weekend!