Why we did it

We were greatly reducing the size of that wall by opening up the kitchen, so we decided to also do away with the track lighting. We were thinking about doing two large sconces on either side, but in our search we came across lots of examples of low set floor lighting which we thought would be a cool way to make a soft entrance home. We didn't need lighting in the hall other than to see where we were going, so it wasn't important to use to have a lot of capacity there. Then we saw an example of under floor lighting against a concrete wall and fell in love with the idea. Thats when we started playing with the idea of putting tape light into the baseboard going up the wall. 

Planning wiring 

The first thing I had to do was figure out the wiring layout. When you open our front door there is a switch on the wall opposite of the brick wall that used to run track lighting that was opposite of the brick wall as well. 

The only problem - wiring from the opposite wall to the brick wall would be tricky. We weren't replacing the floor so we couldn't just redirect the wiring from the old light to the brick side. I didn't want to start putting holes in the walls to try and run wire around over the front door and down, so I started investigating radio frequency switches. A friend suggesting {THIS} which he said works well for what he uses it. The first outlet on the brick wall is on its own circuit separate from the other outlets so it wouldn't be a problem to grab power from that box and run it 8 feet to the start of the wall.

This is the wiring configuration that we ended up with

Setting up the box

Testing the circuit

Finishing the wiring

Adding a cover

Lessons Learned and How to Do it Better

We don't know when our floor was originally put in, but it is far from level. This definitely became an issue for installing the baseboard (regardless of the tape lighting project). We unfortunately have a lot of visible seams between length of molding which I try not to think too much about.  


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