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How to Install Recessed Lighting

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Recessed lights allow you to direct focus and highlight features in your home while still maintaining a streamlined and uncluttered appearance.

How many lights should I install?
If recessed lights are your only source of built in lighting in a room a good rule of thumb is to allow one light for every twenty-five square feet of ceiling area. You can select from a number of different light styles and functions for your room. For areas you wish to accent, like a specific piece of art or an architectural detail, choose spot light reflector lights. To provide ambient lighting throughout the room choose flood light reflector bulbs. Either way, recessed lights are unobtrusive and only become noticed when they are turned on.

How to install recessed lights
The first step in all electrical work and installation is to turn off the power to the room where you are working. You will remove a fuse or throw a breaker to cut the flow of electricity. Be a safe and surviving do it yourself installer.

The easiest installation of recessed lighting comes when the home owner or installer has access either from an attic or through a suspended ceiling. This gives you the opportunity to see all the details of your installation from the attic or by removing a portion of the dropped ceiling. If you do not have this kind of access be certain you have purchased a light kit with a cut in can that is safe to come in contact with the insulation. Whether the insulation is a factor in your installation or not, these are the best style to install from the floor. You will decide on the desired location, cut a hole with a hole saw and insert the can from the floor up.

Last steps
Once you have installed the fixtures you will then run wiring to the electrical boxes. Of course the easiest scenario would be to have a box in close proximity to the desired light position. If not you may have to run wiring to the source of power. When you are installing a recessed light at an existing box all that you need to do is to detach the current fixture and use those wired to connect your new recessed light fixture. When you are not sure of your abilities here, or if you have any trouble with powering your lights, you may want to have a professional electrician finish that part of the job. Be safe and enjoy your new lights.

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