I’m continuing on updating my basement and have a few questions I hope someone can answer since I’ve had luck here before. The basement has a drop ceiling too.
The lighting used to be tracking lighting that was plugged into an outlet above. I’m going to take the outlet outlet and then continue the circuit into new recessed lights. Can I just install a blank faceplate once I take the outlet out so that it’s like a junction box, or do I need an actual junction box?
Since I’m running multiple lights now, I was wondering if in order to get wire to the next light a few joists down, do I have to drill a hole through the floor joists to run the wire or can I run it through the soffit which is only a foot away from where I would drill a hole? The irrational fear part of me doesn’t like drilling through joists because I think it makes it weaker but I didn’t think it would be okay or code to run it through the soffit. I also want to note that I have been stapling the wiring within 12in of th fixture and I know about no drilling within 2in if the top or bottom
Is there any rule about running wire by ductwork? I’ve been running it under the duct and trying to space it so it isn’t touching it.