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Hey, I'm just wondering how to center a ceiling mounted light fixture. Do you just use a tape measure to mark where the anchors should be and hope that it's close enough? Or is there a more precise method?
 

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Hey, I'm just wondering how to center a ceiling mounted light fixture. Do you just use a tape measure to mark where the anchors should be and hope that it's close enough? Or is there a more precise method?
What do you mean "hope that it's close enough"? It's either centered or its not.
You either measure at the ceiling or if there's nothing good to go off, layout on the floor and use a laser.
 

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Hey, I'm just wondering how to center a ceiling mounted light fixture. Do you just use a tape measure to mark where the anchors should be and hope that it's close enough? Or is there a more precise method?
I do it on the floor then use a laser. For a row of hi hats you gotta use a string line. Haven't found a straight wall yet.
 

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Hey, I'm just wondering how to center a ceiling mounted light fixture. Do you just use a tape measure to mark where the anchors should be and hope that it's close enough? Or is there a more precise method?

What anchors??? What kind of fixture is this? We measure with a tape or if it is a high vaulted ceiling we use a laser. If it needs to be precise then be careful on vaulted ceiling because the center of the box is not necessarily the center of where the fixture hangs from. We just did one in a hall and had to center it on the door. The fixture loop was about an inch off center so the box had to be off center in order for the light to be centered.
 

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Go get yourself a nice laser plumb. Have the client put the table where they want it, use painters tape on the table and mark center, then put the laser there and mark it with a pencil on the ceiling. If it's a row, we use the cross line laser levels that get a nice straight line on the ceiling after marking on the floor or countertop.

As far as anchors, are you referring to something like a track light? If so, the line laser levels are great for that too, same idea as multiple fixtures.

Make the measurements on the floor and drop a bob.
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The first time I ran into an issue with centering was a space that was 54" between 2 walls on a sloped ceiling. They wanted a 52" fan installed there so I measured the center but did not take into account the bracket for the fan that sticks down an inch or more. Put up the fan and it was touching one wall. Fortunately I was able to fudge it enough to keep it centered. 1" is not a lot of play and granted this was an unusual situation
 

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I almost always use my laser. Thing was cheap and has made me a lot of money back in time saving.



One of the few things Dewalt makes good.
I use that one too, and a laser plumb besides. One thing I can't seem to figure out is a quick way to project a line on the ceiling between two measured points, like to lay out a row of cans. It takes so much fussing and moving the tripod around I finally gave up and went back to a chalk line.
 

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I use that one too, and a laser plumb besides. One thing I can't seem to figure out is a quick way to project a line on the ceiling between two measured points, like to lay out a row of cans. It takes so much fussing and moving the tripod around I finally gave up and went back to a chalk line.
DeWalt rotary laser with remote to adjust line. I shoot the line of cans, mark centers on the ground, then spot laser to set the can.
 

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One thing I can't seem to figure out is a quick way to project a line on the ceiling between two measured points, like to lay out a row of cans. It takes so much fussing and moving the tripod around I finally gave up and went back to a chalk line.
Tripod? I just set it on the floor. I mark both ends on the ceiling and then align the laser with those 2 marks. BAM! Nice perfectly straight line, done in less than 2 minutes.

I don't use a tripod. In construction/renos I'll set it on the floor or screw it to a stud with that magnetic attachment to adjust up and down freely. In finish work, I still put it on the floor for ceiling work or I set it on stuff to get the height I want for wall work. It's self levelling, why bother with a tripod?
 
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