The new electrical receptacle ceiling outlet for the garage door opener.
Dear Mr. Electrician: I need to install an electrical receptacle outlet on the ceiling of my garage for an electric garage door opener. I do not have access to the ceiling from above as there is a bedroom located over the garage. Any suggestions on how I may proceed with this?
In a few garages where there was already an electrical receptacle installed on the wall, I was able to install Wiremold surface metal raceway to bring power to a ceiling outlet. Below are some photos of a Wiremold installation that was used to replace an old extension cord that was powering the garage door opener. Answer:
A Wiremold 5751-2, two gang extension adapter was used to connect to an existing two gang outlet box already in the wall of the garage. You can see the existing two gang metal outlet box in the wall behind the extension adapter. Note the older type cable and wire coming through the clamp on the upper left side.
A Wiremold V511 flat elbow is used to turn the raceway upward. Although the Wiremold 500 surface metal raceway is an approved grounding conductor, a green grounding conductor wire was pushed in with the other conductors on this job.
The Wiremold 500 surface metal raceway can be painted before or after installation. Wiremold 500 surface metal raceway can be cut with a hacksaw. The cut ends will need to be filed to get rid of burrs and sharp edges that are a result after cutting. I like to use a 32 teeth per inch hacksaw blade.
A Wiremold V517 Internal Elbow was used to make this bend at the ceiling.
You can just about see the edge of the Wiremold V5703 Support Clip that keeps the raceway attached to the wall and ceiling. The clip is mounted to the wall or ceiling first and the Wiremold is forced into the clip. I use a white rubber mallet to bang the raceway into the clips.
By bringing the Wiremold 500 surface metal raceway out the side of the extension adapter on the existing wall outlet, I was able to miss hitting the ceiling light with the run of Wiremold.
A Wiremold 5745 switch and receptacle box was mounted to the ceiling using toggle bolts. A ceiling mounted electrical receptacle in the garage is required to be GFCI protected. However, for a ceiling electrical receptacle it is best to locate the GFCI protection somewhere readily accessible so that it can be tested monthly and easily reset.
The completed Wiremold 5751-2, two gang extension adapter with a GFCI tamper-resistant receptacle and a Leviton tamper resistant, Decora receptacle. The Wiremold V511 flat elbow has its cover on.
This one GFCI receptacle has a “Feed Through” feature which gives it the ability to also protect standard electrical receptacles that are wired from the GFCI. This feature saves the cost of additional GFCI’s and also provides the convenience of not having to go up on a ladder to reset or test the GFCI.
The completed Wiremold 500 surface metal raceway installation of an electrical outlet for a garage door opener.