How to Install Your Own Recessed Lights
Recessed lighting is an effective way to bring function and ambiance to your home. Here is a guide to the installation process.
|Materials Needed for the Project|
|Hole cutting drill attachment||Stud Finder|
|Drywall saw||Safety glasses|
|Voltage tester||Wire stripper|
|Junction box||Dimmer Switch|
|Electrical wire||Electrical tape|
- Cut Hole in Ceiling
- Use the stud finder to assure the holes do not overlap a joist.
- Mark where you desire to place the lights.
- Use the template provided with the light to draw a circle on the ceiling.
- Cut the holes with a drywall saw, at all the marked locations.
- Be sure not to snag any wires that may be in the ceiling cavity.
- Rough In The Wiring
- Run cable from the power source to a switch box.
- Then run to the first hole, allowing at least 16 inches of extra cable to make wiring easy.
- Use a drill with a long drill bit to avoid cutting additional access holes that will need patching later.
- Wire the Light
- Open the junction box for the lights.
- Run cable into the box and clamp it.
- Strip insulation and make wire splices, black to black, white to white, and ground to ground.
- Fold the wires into the box and replace the cover.
- Mount the Light
- There are usually four clips that clamp the can to the ceiling by pushing down on top of the drywall.
- Be sure to pull the clips in so they do not protrude outside the can.
- Slip the box into the hole, then push the body up into the hole until its flange is tight to the ceiling.
- With your thumb, push each clip up and outward until it clicks and clamps the light fixture.
- Add the Trim
- Most trims are mounted with coil springs or squeezable rod springs. If you have coil springs, hook each spring to its assigned hole inside the can.
- Pull out each spring and hook it to the trim, and then carefully guide the trim into position.
- If you have rod springs, squeeze and insert both ends of each spring into their assigned holes.
- Push the trim up into position.