What Are Some Tips for Installing Recessed Lighting?


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When installing recessed lighting, select fixtures that are compatible with insulated ceilings to avoid fire hazards. Purchase a fixture that is compatible with the job being performed. When preparing for installation of a remodeling fixture, leave an inch between the fixture and the ceiling joist to accommodate the mounting clips. Also install wire connectors on the junction box to protect power supply wires from any sharp edges.

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Connect power supplies for recessed lighting to standard or dimmer switches. When installing lights for the first time, run a new wire. When remodeling, use the power supply that powered the old lighting fixture.

When remodeling and installing a new fixture where a fixture never existed, cut a hole in the drywall. Fixture kits have templates indicating the exact size hole to be cut. Cut the hole with a hole saw attached to a power drill or a keyhole saw.

Two types of recessed lighting fixtures are available. New construction fixtures are intended for current construction projects and have adjustable arms that hold it in place by attaching to ceiling joists. Install the ceiling and drywall after the fixture is firmly in place. Use remodeling fixtures to change the look of a room after installing the ceiling and drywall. Both are available in insulated ceiling and non-insulated ceiling fixtures.

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