If you have been planning to renovate your living area, one of the most cost-effective ways to do so would be installing recessed lights. These are also called ‘can lights’ and they can light up an area while helping you to maintain a neutral profile. Long hallways and closets can also be illuminated with these lights and given a fine modern touch without burning a hole in your pocket.
What are the precautions to be taken?
Before you take on the task of an electrical project, there are a few precautions that must be taken. The power should always be switched off from the main circuit box of the house. The switch should be covered with tape to avoid it from being turned on accidentally. Yet another way to ensure that the power is turned off completely is to use a circuit tester before you start working.
The steps involved in installing recessed lights
Recessed lights, also commonly known as ceiling lights, can be installed by following a few simple steps and they are:
Which type of housing to choose
This is a tricky choice because there are two factors involved. Owing to the fact that new construction recessed lights are generally bulkier, it is only practical to use them if you have attic access. If you are replacing old lighting with new recessed lighting, the best housing to use would probably be remodel housing. It is way easier to install than the others. Some types of housing would come along with an IC rating. The IC denotes Insulation Contact and it is always advisable to opt for housing that comes equipped with this rating. IC significantly reduces the risks associated with airflow and heat.
Selecting Trim and Baffles
Once you are done installing the basic housing, you are required to use a ‘baffle’ in order to give it a polished appearance. You can either use a simple baffle or opt for reflective baffles that maximize the light output. If you have sloped ceilings, opting for eyeball directional covers can help highlight a specific area in your living room. If you have had rough and ragged edges while installing the housing, a trim can keep the housing rim covered.
Getting rid of old fixtures
The light fixture that is to be replaced needs to be removed along with the junction box. This step has to be executed carefully in order to avoid damaging the wires.