Recessed Lighting

Written by Rylee Newton
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Many people prefer recessed lighting fixtures because they have a contemporary look and they take up little to no ceiling space. Installing track lighting may seem like a daunting task, but with the right equipment and careful attention to details, just about anyone can do it. Any good lighting store or website will offer you resources on how to choose recessed lighting.

It's a good idea to make a simple checklist before you begin any home improvement project. Installing recessed lighting requires the following equipment: a stud finder, a tape measure, a flat-head screwdriver, wire cutters, a drill, a drywall saw, a hammer, and a pair of protective goggles. This is not an exhaustive list, so it's important to check with a sales representative or with the product manufacturer to make sure you have all the tools you need.

Installation Tips for Recessed Lighting

Many people install recessed lights in their kitchen, bathrooms, family rooms, and home offices. Before you install any lighting system you need to make sure your existing circuitry can handle your new lighting fixtures. If you're installing brand new lights, it's a good idea to have an electrician inspect your work before you turn on the lights for the first time. Before doing any electrical work on your home it is essential to shut down the power.

Home improvement experts suggest spacing your lighting fixtures at least six inches apart. If you currently have recessed lighting in your home and you want to update the look, you can install new lights in the same location. On the other hand, by simply changing the trim on a fixture, the entire feel of a room can be shifted.


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