Learning how to install ceiling canister lights
Understanding how to install recessed lighting isn’t hard at all, but it does require some planning ahead. Almost every modern home has some form of recessed lighting or another. It’s that popular.
The sleek appearance of the light fitting flush and even against the ceiling is a look people are going after.
That makes a lot of sense because normal light fixtures kind of stick out, but recessed lights blend in with the ceiling.
Recessed lighting uses canisters to house the light. These canisters are fairly big so they need to fit between joists and braced for added strength.
Remember that recessed lighting fixtures don’t need a light fixture box because it uses its own canister and it also has its own metal electrical box that houses the wiring connections.
If you’re doing remodeling and you don’t have access to the rafters or joists, but still want recessed lights you can do everything through a hole in the ceiling.
You can cut a hole the size of the canister trim. Locate the power cables and pull them down through the hole to make the connection.
The canister will be held in place by the mounting frame. Install the canister and then the trim.
Flush mount lights seem to be the future and it makes sense. It gives ceilings a smooth look. The reflective baffles shine the light downward so the light is bright even though it is recessed into the ceiling.
Recessed light are very popular in bathrooms because of the moisture seal in bathroom lighting. Before recessed lights, shower stalls were dark because of the danger from a protruding light and the electricity there. With the invention of sealed light canisters, showers are well lit and look really nice.
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