Stove Hood Light Fixture

After a frustrating afternoon trying to snake a light cord through the wall behind the stove, Dave suggested I try getting a camera. Seemed like a good idea to me so I went to Amazon and bought an Endoscope/Borescope which happened to be a lightening deal.

Goodan Endoscope

Goodan Endoscope

This little device has a flexible but stiff cable so that it could be manipulated in the wall somewhat. It has a lighted end to see what the camera is seeing and although I didn’t need the length it is 5 meters long. The image is projected to a phone screen through a wifi connection directly to the device. It can also be attached to a USB port on a computer. The application that is downloaded to the phone to see the image also allows for photos or videos of what is on the screen.

Dropping the wire

Dropping the wire

I used a flexible piece of wire to catch the camera wire and pull it through the hole drilled above the stove. It took several tries and once I got the wire through to the attic but when I tried to push the electric cord through the gap, the tape tore and I lost the connection and had to do it all over again! So I tried a couple of other methods, none of which worked as well as sending the camera down from the attic to below the level of the stove hole and then catching the cable with a wire hook and pulling it through the hole.

The wire hook

The wire hook

Then I attached the wire to the camera with tape and pulled them up through the drilled holes. In the attic I taped the cord to the wire, the second time securely enough to get it back down through the two drilled holes and out the hole that connected to the stove light. It was easy to take a photo of what the camera was seeing with the app.

Taking a photo

Taking a photo

I plugged the end of the light cord that came with the fixture into the connector. I also taped it to make the connection less subject to pulling apart. Then I plugged the cord into an outlet in the attic. Two screws hold the fixture in place over the stove and the light is an LED tiltable version so the light shines down on the stove not in the eyes.

GetInLight Swivel LED Fixture

GetInLight Swivel LED Fixture

Unfortunately this fixture did not allow for rear wiring and I didn’t want the wire to show at the side, so I cut open the back with a dremel tool and moved the wire from the side to the rear. The on/off switch is on the light fixture.

Rear connected light

Rear connected light

I first bought a 22 inch straight LED fixture that could be direct wired or plugged into an outlet with the wiring through the bottom or side, but I had to mount it on the rear wall not up under a cabinet so the light shone directly in the eyes of the cook. The tiltable model is only 12 inches but it seems to light the area adequately without shining its light in my eyes.

Stove light fixture

Stove light fixture


It was not easy but it was nice to finish this small task. I also vacuumed the floor to set up the old guestroom again and cleaned and placed a decorative table. I keep working on projects large and small to create a more finished home.

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