How to Install a Recessed Light - Page 2

  • Step 2 : Cut an opening for the recessed light

    Cut an opening for the recessed light Cut an opening for the recessed light

    Use the electronic stud finder to locate joist positions, then cut the opening for the recessed light between the joists. Use the template provided with the light to make the cutout.

  • Step 3 : Pull wire to the switch box location and to the hole for the light

    Pull wire to the switch box location and to the hole for the light

    Use whatever means is necessary (pulling wire with a fish tape or pushing the cable itself) to run wire through wall and ceiling cavities to the hole for the new switch box and to the recessed light hole.

  • Step 4 : Tap the existing circuit

    Use twist-on electrical connectors, and make the necessary splices to provide power to the new switch and the light. To properly use twist-on connectors, twist the wires together with electrician's pliers and then install the twist-on connector to finish the splice.

  • Step 5 : Install the cut-in box and switch

    Install the cut-in box and switch

    Slip the cut-in box over the cable and install it in the wall. Make the necessary connections to the switch and install it in the box. If needed, make additional connections using twist-on electrical connectors.

  • Step 6 : Install the recessed light

    Install the recessed light Incoming power enters through the light's built-in junction box. This should be a black-to-black, white-to-white, and ground-to-ground (green or bare wire) connection. Recessed fixtures designed for remodeling can be installed through the opening from below.

    Install the recessed light

    These fixtures have tabs or fingers that engage the drywall and hold the fixture in place. Install the light's housing in the ceiling, and install the bulb and light trim.

  • Step 7 : Test the light

    Double check that all electrical connections are in order (junction boxes, receptacle boxes,and switch boxes should be closed and connectors firmly in place) and restore power to the circuit. Screw in the light bulb and test the light for operation.

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