By installing new canned lighting in your home, you have the option of adding a lot of ambiance into your home, without adding any big, bulky light fixture. Canned lighting gives you a lot of options, and can work in almost any part of your home. You can install these lights in any room or hallway of your home. No matter what room needs a bit of brightening, canned lighting is the best answer for most of those occasions.
What You Need to Know Prior to Installing Canned Lighting
When you decide that you want to install new canned lighting, you need to know a few things. First, you need to know where you want your lighting to go. Second, you need to know what supplies to have on hand. Third, you need to have the type of light you want to install on hand. Fourth, you need to have instructions on what to do. Finally, you also need to know that where you want to install your canned lighting is not going to run into any electrical issues. If you are not sure where the electrical wires are in your home, then you need to reach out to an electrician to help you with the install. The electricians here at B&B Electric can help, all you need to do is give us a call.
The Tools You Need to Have on Hand to Install Canned Lighting
You will need a variety of tools to install new canned lighting in your home. Some of the tools you likely have on hand, while others you may need to buy or rent. Here are some of the most common tools you should expect to use while installing canned, or recessed, lighting. First, you will need some basic tools, including safety glasses, pliers, and drill bits. Second, you will some bigger hand tools, such as a drywall saw and drill with an attachment that cuts holes.
Next, you are going to need a few small things. This should include a voltage tester, a pair of wire strippers, some extra electrical wires to replace any that need it, and some electrical tape. Finally, you will need to have the lighting fixture, a new junction box, and the switch to turn the light on and off. Once you have all of these materials gathered, it is then time to open up the fixture. You want to read through all of the instructions before getting started. Each fixture has a slightly different approach, so it is best you know what you will need to do, before even starting.
What Most Canned Lighting Installations Entail
For most canned lighting installations, you need to follow these basic steps. However, you should always refer to your instructions first, as they are most accurate for your fixture. The first step is cutting the hole in the drywall where you want your fixture to go. You need to avoid joists and wires during this step, and should not be attempted by someone without experience and training to do this properly. You can cut this hole either with your drywall saw, or with the drill attachment, whichever is easier for you.
Next, you want to run wires from your home’s junction box to where the lighting is going, attaching the wires to the back of the light fixture. You will want 16-20” of extra wire near the fixture so that you can avoid extra cuts or additions later on. Then, you want to add the wires into your home’s junction box. This is a delicate step, and should not be done without experience. Call in the professionals for this part if you are not totally sure of exactly what you are doing.
From there, you want to install the light fixture and the trim that goes with it. Once it is in place, you can insert the bulb, and test the light. If you need to add a new switch, you need to run the wires to the switch and follow the same basic steps to install that as well. When everything is said and done, your switch should operate your new canned lighting.
Where Most People Install Canned Lighting
There are many great places to install canned lighting around their home. It can be adding a small light to showcase a prized possession or a piece of art. You can add light to a dark hallway or corner of a room. Lights can be placed in the ceiling, under cabinets, or even in stationary items like a mantle. The range of where you put your lights has few limitations. So long as the area is not full of wires or structural items, you should be able to install them there.
B&B Electric Can Help with All New Canned Lighting Installations
When you are ready to have new canned lighting installed at your home, it is important you have the right person do the job. Here at B&B Electric, we will make sure that the person who comes to do your install, knows precisely what to do. Each of our expert electricians is trained and experienced with how to do each job before they are sent out. We can help you with installing canned lighting or any type of lighting, among other electrical issues you may have.