07 Aug DIY Electrical Splitting Made Remarkably Easy
First things first, I am not an electrician and I don’t have much experience other than this light install before this project, so if you need electrical work done in your house, you really SHOULD use a professional electrician. Electrical work really can be scary. And for good reason, too! Electricity is serious stuff, you gotta be careful! But please BE SURE TO TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRICITY before you do ANYTHING.
When I moved into this house, there was a light on the stairs that I hated with so much passion. It was hideous, and I hated the location of the light. I wanted to replace it, but all the lights I liked had arms and stuck out from the wall, which meant they would be bumped when people would walk up and down the stairs. So I knew eventually I would have to relocate it.
Fast forward two years, and I finally got around to relocating that light! And I replaced it with the most gorgeous light fixture!!! But of course, relocating it was not enough, I also had to split that one light into three. Why? My stairwell was dark and dreary, so I knew adding two more lights on that wall would make a big difference. Plus, I knew it would make my wall art more symmetrical Luckily, it DID! And below, I’ll walk you through the quick version of how I split the one wall light into three.
First, I attached a new Romex wire to the existing wires with these extremely secure wire connectors (they have 2-4 wire-ports depending on the specifics of your project).
Then I stuffed the other end of the wire through the box, up the wall to the freshly cut hole I cut in the spot above where I wanted my new light.
I split that new light in both directions to have on on the right and one on the left using the same technique above, but pushed the wires through a new electrical box. I used this type with mounting ears and swing clamps. But important note: these boxes have a weight limit, so your new light must be extremely light, it needs to be less than 6 lbs.
I cut my new hole using my lightweight Ryobi jigsaw over on the right side first, and found 3 vertical studs between the two lights. So I cut two rectangles in the drywall between the studs, big enough for my drill to reach the inside studs. To cut through the drywall, I made sure nothing was behind it, I drilled one hole straight into the drywall, then used my jigsaw to cut the rectangles.
After I made my drywall holes, I drilled a small hole through each stud. Then, I pushed the Romex all the way through each stud, and using a craned neck and a bent metal hanger, I pulled the wire upwards through the new lighting hole.
From there, I pushed the wire through a new circular lighting box, and installed the box into the wall!
Next, I pretty much repeated the steps in the other direction!
Lastly, I patched the walls using the same rectangular pieces I cut and this pink stuff you can get on Amazon that is my new best friend when it comes to drywall. For holes where I couldn’t save the drywall, I used this incredible metal meshy stuff.
Putty the wall, sand so it’s smooth, paint, and put lightbulbs in your new proud project!
The only reason why the finished product looks so good is because of the light fixtures I installed. You will not believe where I got them… Okay maybe you will, because I got the lights from none other than the Home Depot. And you need to snag them quick or else they will sell out, their prettiest decor stuff sells out quick!