Questions tagged [recessed-lighting]

For questions about [light] fixtures that are recessed into a building surface, usually a ceiling.

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Entry light switch controls adjacent bedroom lighting

I'm new here and may have caused a problem when rewiring to install recessed lighting. The wiring of my entry area is done in such a way that: Cutting the light on, will cut on the light in the entry ...
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Rewiring switched ceiling lights and outlet switched top receptacle to switched ceiling lights and always on outlet

In my living room there are: Recessed dimmable ceiling lights A switch with a dimmer An outlet where the top receptacle is only on when the ceiling lights are on. The bottom receptacle is always on. ...
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Dim recessed lights

I've got a problem with two recessed lights in the hallway that come on dim when switched on. No other lights are connected to these two. Two three way switches (non-dimmer) control these two lights ...
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Resolving two 3-Way Switches for two separate lights on one Combination Switch

I am now attempting to wire two existing three way toggle switches to a Leviton 5643 three way combination switch for two 3-way lights on the same circuit - Pictures included. Box 1 is what I term the ...
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Wiring 5 LED Lights in Parallel

We are (attempting) to replace our kitchen light fixtures with LED recessed lights. Let's just say it's been a huge learning curve... which I'm going to summarize here so you know the things we've ...
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Recessed light placement

Is this good placement for 4 inch recessed lights in bedroom ? Size of bedroom is 15' × 11'. Distance between each dot is 1 feet. Yellow line show king bed size. Red dots show recessed lights. ...
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California Title 24 implications for bypassing ballasts in my 4-pin (GX24Q) fixtures

I've gotten fed up with the recessed 4-pin GX24Q fixtures in my kitchen that were required by California Title 24, after removing a burned out (and relatively expensive) CFL, cracking it in the ...
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Recessed light holes

I cut recessed light holes in my ceilling. I was wondering if I can use anything to protect the rough inner edge of the cutout hole to protect drywall from chipping. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Buzzing sound from ceiling light fixture. Can the source of the problem be the dimmer?

I have a buzzing sound coming from in ceiling light fixtures. The fixtures are Liton LH1499IC (https://liton.com/ic-double-wall-housing-51083.html) These fixtures are connected to a dimmer switch ...
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Adding recessed lighting to ceiling fan switch

I currently have a single ceiling fan controller by two light switches (at the same location), one for light on fan, one for fan only, or Both switched on for light and fan. I replaced my fan with a ...
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Can I use metal knockout for additional NM cable?

My can light junction box has 2 black clamps for NM cables and there are 3 metal knockout holes on 3 sides of junction box. (Picture shows one of these 3 knockouts). Given the location of LINE wire ...
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How far should the recessed lights be from 24” kitchen cabinets?

Most of the info on the web calls for lights to be centered at the counter’s edge. However, my upper cabinets are going to be 24” deep - basically matching the counter. The upper cabinets, as well as ...
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How can I diffuse the light coming out of recessed LED lamps?

I live in a US condo building which has standard recessed lights, looking somewhat like this: I find the light to be too harsh and would like to have a way to diffuse it. Is there some sort of a ...
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How to remove old-work ceiling light fixture box attached to conduit pipes

I am trying to install thin LED recessed lights in my hallway. I need to remove the old ceiling box, as shown in the picture. I tried to remove the box for the whole day but was unsuccessful. I cut ...
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How do I replace the LED bulb in this ceiling light?

I'm moving out of my flat next week and yesterday (!). This ceiling light went on the blink. I've managed to get it out of the ceiling but now I'm stuck. It won't come out any further and I've tried ...
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Need help removing recessed canister light without a screw

I need to remote a Halo H572RICAT recessed light canister. It has a CFL and I want to remove the ballast so need to remove the can. There are no screws for sure. I can't see any small slot either that ...
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How to replace a CFL recessed light with LED fixture

I bought a few LED new light fixtures and was able to replace them in bedroom in 5-10 minutes each. But the ones in kitchen had a weird CFL format and not the usual lightbulb screw kind of holder so ...
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Recessed light is lighting dim and other stopped working

I have four recessed lights controlled by one switch and one recessed controlled by another switch , all of the sudden the two lights stopped working out of four and the single recessed light started ...
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Help identifying possible dual pot light plug

In my kitchen, I have a number of ceiling lights that take MR16 bulbs. However, I noticed that the plugs seem to also accept another kind of bulb as well. At first, I thought these other sockets were ...
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Remodel recessed light on drywall seam

One of the spots where I would like to install a remodel-type 5" round recessed light, is right on top of the drywall seam in my ceiling. I'm a little hesitant to put it there because the ceiling ...
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Cannot remove ceiling recessed canned light trim/can

I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling recessed canned light/trim. I turned the breaker off. I cannot see or feel any springs on the exterior or interior of the can. I've tried twisting the trim ...
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What are my dimmer options in this switch configuration?

I have a setup in my basement where there is a 4-way switch setup, but none of it is run using 3-wire. I've seen the term "California 3-way", so that might apply. There are 3 switches ...
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How to remove downlight with mouse trap clips

See attached pic. I have downlights like this in my apartment. I don't know how to get at the mouse trap clips. I can pull down on the downlight at the seal with the roof but then I need to flick the ...
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Unknown rubber piece on electrical box

Last night my wife turned on a recessed light in the shower. Shortly after, the light buzzed, got brighter and started smelling so she turned the light off. I took it apart today and see something I ...
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Recessed Lighting in the garage - Fire Rated Products [closed]

I have an unfinished 2-story detached garage (20x24). First story is the garage and the second story is a studio like apartment. I am considering using recessed lighting on the first floor. I ...
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Do you know how I can tell why I have two hot wires?

All the outlets in the house are working and have connected neutral wires. However one unit has a both hot and neutral wires reading hot. And the light isn’t working. Can’t figure out why or where a ...
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Lighting in a Detached Garage

I have a 20'x24' 2-story unfinished, detached garage. The first floor is a two-story garage. The second floor will be living space (kinda like a studio apartment). The ceiling of each floor is about 8 ...
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Best way to wire for recessed lighting

We are considering installing recessed lighting on a ceiling that has another floor above it. The ceiling currently has no light fixtures except a central ceiling fan. I can't access the ceiling from ...
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Ceiling Fan Won't Turn On Unless I Turn On The Recessed Lights Switch

I had a light fixture in the room. I took out the light fixture, and added four canned lights in the room, connected to where the light fixture was, and turning on and off using what was the light ...
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50w GU-10 recessed bulb sockets not working

A little while ago I had a couple of GU-10 bulbs burn out. I went and replaced and a couple weeks later they blew out and tripped the circuit to the whole bedroom. Once the circuit was flipped back ...
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Is it normal/OK for LED lights to “crackle” when turned off?

I have some can LED lights in my kitchen. When I turn them off after moderate to prolonged use, some of the lights make a “crackle” noise, like the sound ice cubes make after being placed into warm ...
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Should LED can lights be warm to touch when they are not on?

I recently had 8 old can lights converted to LED lights with kits bought at Home Depot. I noticed today that the lights themselves and an area around the lights is warm to the touch. They have not be ...
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LED drivers and Ontario Electrical Code

I'm doing a new build and I'm interested in using the inexpensive LED lights that use an external driver box. My question is about code - what's the way to mount the driver so it's acceptable to an ...
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Adding LED Recessed - 3 Way Switch - Dim Lights

I will try and provide as much information as I can and I apologize if I call something by an inappropriate name - but this is what I have done from my research. We had a room that had a central ...
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2X2 LED troffer with battery backup - wiring question(s)

Looked around and saw similar questions, but not quite what I need. I am replacing a 2X2 fluorescent fixture in my basement with an LED unit (Cree FP22-34L-40K-10V-EB14, install manual at https://www....
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Kitchen lights not working after changing bulbs

These F32T8 kitchen light bulbs stopped working, so I replaced them with these bulbs. After I replaced it, the lights turned on fine the first time. However, the lights no longer turn on. I've checked ...
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How can I dim LED recessed lights that are on the same switch as two ceiling fans without slowing the fans down?

I have 6 LED Dimmable recessed lights on the same switch as two ceiling fans. There are currently two three way switches that control everything. I want to be able to dim the LED lights without ...
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Retrofit LED pot lights without housing, is it safe?

We’re replacing old can pot lights (the ones with bulbs). photo of old fixture The new slim retrofit led pot lights do not fit into the metal housing so we’ve removed it. photo of metal can removal. ...
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LED 12v Not at Full Brightness

I just replaced 12v halogen with 12v Led bulbs on two separate recessed lighting circuits. One has 9 lights, one has 5. On each set of lights, a single bulb is not coming on at the brightness of the ...
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Remove Halo recessed fixture completely

Older house built in the late 60's. Trying to remove existing Halo (new work?) recessed fixture completely to retrofit and extend circuit to one more fixture. I removed the 4 screws (well there ...
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How would I replace this light bulb in the pic

enter image description here How would I replace this recessed light with clips?
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Cut cable tripped breaker and left circuit dead after reset

I'm installing recessed lighting around my living room. I pulled power for these lights from an outlet circuit in the same room (see bottom right of photo). Everything was going according to plan, ...
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How do I install can-less down lights in new construction?

Two-part question: First, are the can-less, low-profile LED downlights (e.g. HALO HLB Lite 4" LED) suitable for new construction, or only for remodels? I'm getting confused about the Code rules for ...
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What is the technical term for this style lighting?

It’s basically looking like LED strip lights, whose light bounces off the ceiling, and the strips are on top of some sort of mold/ceiling fascia. I don’t even know what to google to find a picture to ...
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Which order to paint ceiling and replace downlights?

Which order should I do these two tasks: repaint ceiling replace downlights (licenced electrician will do this) The downlights are recessed and the whole thing will be replaced (not just the bulb).
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Can you use a dimmer with a can (recessed) light conversion kit?

I have a can light (recessed light) that I need to convert to hanging a pendant light. The conversion kits have you plug into the socket, and I am hanging a dimmable LED fixture with a wall dimmer ...
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Switch outlets to permanently hot. Switch to control new recessed lights

I have a small room with one switch outlet and 3 Hot outlets on the same circuit. The work is old and ungrounded. I’m looking to make the switched outlet permanantly hot and use the switch location to ...
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Adding recessed lights to existing non-recessed lights

I have a living room/dining room area that each only have 1 light - see photo. The light over the table in controlled by its own switch, and the ceiling fan/light is controlled by another switch at ...
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LED lights won't come on at the same time

I renovated a kitchen and put in 4 recessed LED lights. They are daisy-chained, 3-way, with an LED compatible dimmer (just one, other switch is just a 3-way switch) When I turn on the lights (from ...
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LEDs on Dimmer switch turn off from another switch

I’ve just installed LED down lights in bathroom and hallway. The light in the bathroom is a single LED and turns on/off correctly. There are 4 LED lights in the hall connected to a Trailing Edge ...

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