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Installing Recessed Lights Instructions

  • Installing Recessed Lighting

    This tutorial shows you how to install recessed lighting into a room that already has existing lighting fixtures. Installing recessed lighting into your kitchen or living areas updates the look of your home, and brightens rooms and provides directional lighting to key areas such as a countertop or cooking area. You should be sure that your existing circuit will be able to handle the new load of your recessed lights. Also, note that some municipalities may require that you obtain a permit before performing this work. You should also have a licensed electrician inspect your work before you reestablish power.

  • Overview

    First of all, you will need to decide on the type of recessed lighting that you will install. You should consider the type of light that you want and the type of mounting canister you need. Then you need to cut the holes for the lights, run wire to the locations that you are installing lighting and install the fixtures, and finally test your work.

  • Shut Off Power

    After you have decided on the type of lighting that you wish to install, it is important that you take the appropriate preparatory measures before installing the lights. First, shut the power off to the room you are working on at the circuit breaker.

  • Account for Sufficient Lighting

    Next, decide on the locations that you wish to install your lights. You will get adequate lighting coverage if you install the lights about six to seven feet apart. You should also consider placing additional lighting in key areas of the room, for example, over your stove and sink.

  • Protect Your Furnishings

    Then you will want to remove and protect your furnishings and counter tops from debris while working. Don’t forget to cover over doors to keep dust from moving out into other rooms in your home.

  • Disconnect Existing Fixtures

    TextNext, you will need to disconnect the existing fixture in the room that you will be drawing power from. Be sure that the existing circuit for the fixture will be able to handle the additional load of your new recessed lights. If it is insufficient, have an electrician update the electrical capacity of the room.

  • Check for Sufficient Room in Ceiling

    Before cutting openings in your ceiling to accommodate your fixtures, you will need to be sure that there is space in the area that you want each light. Locate and mark the location of each of the joists in your room so that you can avoid them.You also need seven to eight inches above the ceiling to accommodate the mounting hardware. You can check that you have enough space by drilling a hole and pushing a coat hanger through the hole.

  • Mark & Cut Openings

    Once you have located the areas that will accommodate your lights, you should use the canister manufacturer’s template to mark the size of the opening you will need to cut. Use a drywall saw to cut the appropriate opening. After you have cut all the lighting holes in your drywall as necessary, you will need to drill holes in the joists to accommodate the wires that will run from light to light that are separated by joists. Make as few holes as possible and do not cut holes greater than 1/4 of the width of the joist.

  • Install Mounting Hardware

    There are two different styles of mounting hardware; one mounts to the ceiling drywall directly, and the other to the joists in your ceiling. Hardware with braces that attaches to your joists is the most secure, but can be difficult to install in a finished ceiling. Regardless of which style you choose, you should now install the mounting hardware, which includes the electrical box, in the space that you have just cut out.

  • Run Wire

    You should have existing wire that ran from your circuit breaker to the old fixture. Run wire to the next closest opening so that you have about a foot or more of dangling wire at each opening. Next, attach the circuit wires to the electrical boxes. Using wire-nuts, connect each can to the incoming and outgoing wires by connecting matching wires. White to white, black to black, and green to green.

  • Turn Power On & Test

    Install the hardware for the particular type of lighting that you have chosen and install the trim around the fixture. Finally, install the appropriate type of light bulb into the fixtures, turn the power back on at the circuit breaker, and test your work.


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