This is my living room and I am planning to install 9 recessed lights on the cathedral ceiling.
There is no attic space and there should be just 4-5" gap on top before it hits the roof.
I don't want to bring down the ceiling entirely just for this job. Notice that there is one light on top already but it's in the wrong location so it's not useful. The joists are going left/right to top beam. So running the existing wire to other locations will require drilling through ALL the joists.
One other information to know is that I have access to attic space NEXT to this living room area and I can see a big "triangle" so I could drill from there.
I have two options:
- Run new wiring from the attic space (blue rectangle) to OUTSIDE the house and into the sides of the cathedral ceiling. I can drill holes from left and right (circles) where there are air vents into the top space of the ceiling:
I assume I could use outdoor wires and then just fill the hole with some hole filler material to seal it.
- Drill 6 big holes (red rectangles) on the wall and drill on top to make a hole into space of the ceiling. Then run wiring from the wall up the ceiling.
This is more difficult as I just cannot figure out how to run the wire from the switch to inside the wall through these 6 holes. I assume I have to drill side-way through all the studs to run the wire. But this option seems "more right" than the first one.
Please let me know your thoughts on the two options or if there is a better way.