Its actually quite easy if you have some basic DIY skills and tools. I'm not a fan of floor lamps so I installed a ceiling light in our family room a couple years ago
I'll post a photo when I get home, but the jist of it is (for us anyways):
- List item
- An Old Work ceiling light box
- An Old Work electrical box
- Some wire and string
- Your light fixture
- Fish Tape
- Standard electrical work tools and electrical tape.
Figure out where you will put the ceiling light and light switch by trying to figure out how the ceiling joists run. You can do this buy cutting a hole where you will put the light or possibly looking for nail / screw pops in the ceiling.
In our case, where I wanted to put the light, lined up with the wall attached to the dining room.
I cut a hole in the ceiling to fit the electrical box in
I then followed the joist to the wall and cut a small hole in the wall as close to the ceiling as I could get - you'll use this hole to fish wire into the ceiling. This hole should be big enough to get some tools into it. It doesn't need to be huge - 4in x 4in max.
Following the wall cavity down I cut a hole for where I wanted the light switch to go
In the hole you cut to fish the wire through, drill a hole through the top plate into the cavity of the ceiling.
Using a fish tape, put the tape into this cut out in the wall, then into the hole you just drilled through the top plate and keep pushing until the tape reaches the hole you cut for the light fixture.
Attach electrical wire to the fish tape and pull it back out - now you should have electrical wire running from the ceiling light hole to the cut out in the wall. Detach the fish tape and make sure the wire doesn't come out of the hole.
Put the fish tape in the hole you cut for the light switch, push the tape up to the cutout you made at the top of the wall and attach the electrical wire to it. pull the tape down and now your electrical wire is where the light switch it.
From the light switch hole, using a long flexible drill bit, drill down inside the wall, through the floor into the basement. Once you break through, DO NOT remove the drill bit from the hole you drilled. IE: don't pull out. Remove the drill bit from the drill and tape some string to the end of it. Now you can let the drill bit fall through the hole into the basement and the string should be attached to it. Make sure there is enough string so you can pull it out.
Go in the basement, find the drill bit and string, remove the drill bit and attach electrical wire to it. Go back to the light switch hole and pull the wire up from the basement.
Now all the fixtures have wire to them.
Get the electrical box for the light switch, pull the wires through them and install the light switch.
Cut a patch of drywall for the hole you cut at the top of the ceiling and repair the hole.
Install the ceiling electrical box and your light fixture.
Go in the basement and connect the electrical wire to power TURNING OFF the breaker for the line your attaching to first.
A little touch up paint and you should be done.