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Finishing the electrical

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With the ceiling grid in place, the next step was to finish the electrical. If you have this done by a qualified electrician like I did, it's probably a one-day job. The electrician will install all of your can lights and cut the ceiling tiles to fit each one.

The electrician arrives

Wall sconce detail view [Click to enlarge]Dave the electrician and his assistant arrived about 8:30 a.m. to begin work. It took all day to wire all the switches, install the recessed can lights (12 in all), install the three wall sconces and the overhead table lighting. The job was a bit more complicated due to the Lutron Spacer System lighting which Dave had never installed before.

Lutron Spacer System dimmers in a 4-gang box. [Click to enlarge]The problem had to do with the Master Controller not being setup properly, and for some reason not communicating with the other 4-gang switchbox. When the electrician couldn't resolve the issue by around 9:00 that night, I decided to call Lutron.

Installed recessed lighting. [Click to enlarge]The Lutron 800 number for customer service was very handy and helpful. When I described what was happening with the system, the customer support rep knew exactly what the problem was, and had it resolved in a matter of minutes.

For info on how I setup my Lutron Spacer System lighting scenes, and lots of other info on the Lutron Spacer System, check out the section on Lutron Spacer System - programmable scene lighting in the Home Theater section.

Lutron Spacer System scene lighting. [Click to enlarge]Lutron Master System scene lighting in the kitchen area. [Click to enlarge]

Progress Topics

Priming the walls

Deciding on a paint color

Buying home theater systems

Painting basement walls

Insulating basement ceiling

Installing drop ceiling grid

Drop ceiling tile selection

Drop ceiling tile installation

Finishing electrical

Home theater wiring

Buying carpeting

Buying laminate flooring

Installing laminate & hardwood flooring

See also...
Phase 1: Basement prep and framing

Phase 2: Electrical and drywall




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