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How to Move Wall Light

Do you sometimes feel that a light above a bathroom vanity needs to be moved higher, lower, or somewhere else on the wall? Well after creating our own industrial vanity light, we discovered that our light placement was to low from that said light… So how about we move that guy higher about 5″? Please bear in mind that this was a first for me and I am just sharing how I did it and how it went, there is probably a different way but this worked for me!

How to move a wall light

I decided that I wanted to keep the old lightbox in place because it is placed at the standard height of 80″ off the ground. This way if we ever decide to change the light down the road, we could place it back at the standard height.

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Here are the supplies I used:
– lightbox
– drywall saw
– razor blade
– screw driver
– screws or nails
– small level

The first thing I did was go buy my supplies. I was not sure what I would find behind the drywall, I bought two styles of light boxes: one for placement by a stud and the other can by placed anywhere between two studs. There are light boxes made for remodeling that would be easier to install but some sit on just the drywall and the light that I am installing has some weight to it, so I wanted something mounted to a stud.

How to move a wall light

This part is important, are you listening? Turn OFF the power to the wires by turning off the breaker. After I turned off the power, I disconnected the light from the lightbox.

How to move a wall light

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Next I took one of the new light boxes and traced an outline of where I wanted the new box placed. I then noticed where the wires were coming into the box, in my case they came from the ceiling (this is good and bad)… I then took my drywall saw and started sawing very carefully next to the lightbox toward the ceiling to go around the circle I traced. I watched the wires to make sure I was not hitting them (they moved if I got close).

How to move a wall light

I discovered that my wires came from the lightbox up a couple of inches then went to the left to attach to a stud about 4″ away. So now I knew that I would be using the new lightbox that would fit between two studs. This also meant that I would need a larger hole to install this box.

I continued cutting around the circle, I traced, plus out a couple of inches, until I could remove the wires from the old lightbox. I then moved the wires out the way, this way I would not have to worry about sawing into them. At this point, I cut out the circle plus enough room to get the new lightbox into place. Looked like this when everything was said and done.

How to move a wall light

Next I inserted the lightbox into the hole and aligned it into place. I then took 4 screws and attached the frame of the box to the studs (my screws were at an angle because my hole was a little small to get a straight shot).

After securing the lightbox, I inserted the wires into the box. Next up was patching the hole but I will save that for another day.

And here is our light after everything was said and done.

DIY Industrial Swivel Light

What do you think? What would you suggest I do differently next time? If you are wondering, see how to make the swivel vanity light here. See you for the next ADVENTURE!

2 Comments

  1. You did an amazing job! How hard was it to patch the wall once you were finished? I plan to move my light fixture up about 6 inches so that I can then move my vanity mirror to account for the vanity raise. I’m hoping it turns out ok! Lol

    1. Hi Domi! Thank you for that sweet comment! Patching the wall was not very hard, I actually have a tutorial on how to do that, which is from this same project! The process is not hard but it does take time because you have to let the mud dry. Hope this tutorial helps and I hope you love your new vanity better.

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