In case you missed it, here is the previous link for this now-completed project:
We no longer have ugly 1980’s can lights in the master bedroom – woohoo!!! Last Tuesday I installed the first two LED track lights I’d bought at IKEA, and this afternoon I spent 3 hours installing the remaining two. I seriously thought I’d been up there for an hour, but I started at 2pm and didn’t emerge from the bedroom until 5pm! Just in time for Happy Hour – woohoo! 🙂 As I write this, I’m enjoying a glass of well earned Sangria. Numnumnum! I’m not very familiar with Sangria, but Jim’s mom loved it and Jim’s parent’s dear friends the Dominski’s make a killer homemade Sangria, so when I was shopping for wine after work yesterday I decided to give it a try, and it’s really, really good!
First I set up my ladder under the more accessible can light:
Then scampered down to the basement to kill power to the bedroom:
Then I climbed up with my Little Giant Cargo Hold work pouch and set it up at the top:
It’s always important to choose proper footwear when you’ll be climbing up and down a ladder:
While I was up there I realized just how badly the ceiling is cracked along the wall/ceiling line. I’ll have to fix that at some point. It’s very similar to my very first DIY project:
I also realized how many dust-bunnies were nestled along the beam. Gross. I grabbed the feather-duster and took care of them:
And look how gross the old can light is! That’s a thick layer of dust:
I guess that’s what happens when you ignore the things up in your cathedral ceiling. Humph.
A few minutes of wiring and the new track light was installed:
While I was up on the ladder I also organized the cubbie unit above Jim’s built-in:
It doesn’t look a whole lot different in the picture, but it looks much better in person!
One more trip up the ladder to install the 3 LED bulbs and light one is done!
Then I moved on to the 2nd light, which was a lot trickier because it’s higher up and closer to the wall:
I realized the A-frame configuration of my ladder wasn’t going to work. D’oh!!! I even tried shimmying one of the legs out onto the deck, but the doorway wasn’t wide enough, and I still couldn’t easily reach the light:
So I had to set it up in the extension-ladder configuration:
The dust bunnies on that side of the beam were even worse:
I took care of them, and then, 3 hours after I started, both lights were done:
Yay! Much better than the old cans:
Tomorrow, if I feel like it, I’ll install the 3 lights in the girl cave!