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Questions tagged [recessed-lighting]

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

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How do I connect a Juno LED light to a switch when the light receives power first?

I'm trying to connect a new LED light to a new single pole switch. I have a 14/2 main power feed coming in to the LED light first then a 14/3 wire going from LED light to switch. I feel like I have it ...
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How to get lighting in the shower like this?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and I'd like to know how to get a lighting effect as seen in these photos. To get this, do you basically drop the ceiling to create a soffit over the shower, with a rope ...
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Can't find enclosures for custom deck stair lighting

I'm building a custom deck stairs lighting system. I have purchased RGBW 40mm diameter waterproof LEDs and want to install them in the stair risers. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DC24V-RGBW-DMX512-...
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Two black wire and no white wire

I'm installing 6 halo daisy chain to an old light switch. The house was built around 1947. The current power is starting from the switch to the 1st light housing and the wiring is connected from 1st ...
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How to organize multiple electrical wires going into an ultra thin recessed light?

I am installing ultra thin recessed light in the basement and it comes with a very small metal box (probably 2x4 in in size). Due to the old wiring of the house, there are 5 wires coming in totally: ...
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How to handle frayed/old wire in can light

We have some can lights in our house that have been out since we purchased it. I finally took the time to replace them (they are on a vaulted ceiling). I found some exposed wire as I was going along ...
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Run electrical wire outside in for new lightings for cathedral ceiling

This is my living room and I am planning to install 9 recessed lights on the cathedral ceiling. There is no attic space and there should be just 4-5" gap on top before it hits the roof. I don't want ...
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What height/ distance from ceiling or above surfaces would be good for uplighting wall lamp?

So in Houston, I had an Uplighting Floor lamp like this with a 3 way/ mode 110 W bulb. The lighting was not as jarring as a office CFL tube but perfectly bright for all that I needed to do in my room/ ...
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How to install a flush mount LED light over an old square recessed box?

My question is similar to an old question posted by someone else 3 yrs ago but hasn't been active for 2 yrs (see link). My house was built in the 1963, so I have two old 9 sq inch ceiling lights with ...
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3-Way Switch won't turn on lights if dimmer is set to low

I just added 5 dimmable recessed lights to my living room. I'm certain it's powered correctly. Incoming power hits the 3-way dimmer switch. Both traveler wires head to the other 3 way switch (non-...
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Connect Ceiling Light Fixture to Recessed Lighting Socket

Is it possible to use the existing recessed lighting socket and black/white wires connected to the socket to connect a light fixture rather than removing the entire recessed canister and box and ...
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what are my options when it comes to updating my recessed lighting?

i want to start by saying thank you for the few that helped answer my question yesterday. to make a long story short....i am a fairly new homeowner and unfortunately did not have a father who was ...
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can I use a 10WATT LED BR30 on a recessed light trim that says MAX:9W BR30 LED?

i just bought a 6 pack of: GE Relax 6-Pack 65 W Equivalent Dimmable Warm White Br30 LED Light Fixture Light Bulb it says it uses only 10-WATTS on the back of the package. to make a long story ...
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Is there a minimum distance required between holes in the ceiling dry wall to prevent in cracks or weak in between areas?

I am installing recessed lights to my living room. The problem is, there are ceiling speakers already placed where I want the lights to go. So I now have to put the lights close to the speakers as ...
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How many recessed lighting do I need for my living room?

Living room size: 18 L x 16.5 W x 8 H Using 6" cans with BR40 flood lights around 60watt equivalent LEDs, so about 800 lumens Based on this, it looks like I should be getting 9 lights? Assuming cans ...
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Why are the lights on my dimmed three-way circuit dimmer than normal?

I have a 3 way switch and a 3 way dimmer switch to operate two recessed fixtures, which worked fine for years. Now, both spots are dim. Doesn't matter if I use the switch with dimmer or 3 way switch ...
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How to change a hinged downlight

I've seen some videos on YouTube about changing downlights, but only clip, screw, and metal ring types. My downlights have offset hinges, about 105 degrees apart. When pushed into the ceiling, they ...
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Small bedroom recessed lighting

My 10x10 bedroom has one funky light fixture in the center. Can I get away with replacing it with one recessed light?
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three way switches not working [closed]

I checked the wiring in the ceiling can light. I moved the neutral wires and saw a spark so I twisted it and now the lights work again. But now the three way switches aren't working right. They are ...
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Troubleshooting a String of LED Recessed Lighting Fixtures

I have 5 LED-based recessed lights on a 3-way switch that are problematic. When I activate the circuit, I rarely get all 5 lights switching on. If I turn them off and back on again, they all work. ...
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ceiling can lights not working

I have 4 ceiling can lights controlled with two 3 way switches. There is power to the lights but the lights don't go on. I changed the switches and they still don't work. I also have ceiling fan and ...
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light bulb burns out immediately or within 3-4 seconds

I have 4 can lights operated by one switch. The light bulb went out. When I replaced it the new one, it went out immediately. This happened three times. I changed the can fixture and the same thing ...
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Can puck LEDs be used for recessed lighting in above bed soffit

There is currently a soffit in the bedroom that sits above the headboard of the bed. The soffit is rather large, dropping down around 15 inches from the actual ceiling, and has three recessed lights. ...
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Replacing single pole switches with 3way switches

Have 4 lights on circuit 1 to single pole switch with power. Have same setup for second switch. Want to replace both single pole with 2 3way switches so that at each switch i can turn on/off each set ...
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Do clear ceiling fan blades cause strobing?

A regular ceiling fan with wooden blades will cause a light strobe effect when mounted where the blades rotate under recessed/canned lights. I am wondering if I would have the same strobing problem ...
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What's causing every light on a single breaker to dim and turn off randomly?

I have a commercial space with recessed ceiling lighting. There's 3 lights in the front, 4 down the hall, and one in the bathroom (all on one breaker). Randomly throughout the day, they'll dim/flicker ...
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Installing insulation in the cavity between LED retrofit assembly and IC-rated can

I have some existing IC-rated cans that I can feel (and see with an IR camera) are leaking cold air from my attic into my living room. When installing an airtight LED retrofit assembly over it, is it ...
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Proper lighting for basement bedroom 12x12ft

We are in the process of creating a bedroom in our lower level. The room is 12x12ft and they currently just have 2 can lights, which allow for a lot of dark areas in the room. We are going to put in ...
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Recessed Lighting Replacement Issues

I am converting some old halogen recessed lights with new LED retrofits. I have a few questions about what I should do about these few problems. The old light had a bracket where the socket attached ...
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How many recessed lights should I install in my living room?

I've got a 18" x 12" living room that I want to install recessed lights into but I am stuck as to if I should install 6 or 8 lights (6 inch each). 6 already "looks" like there are a bunch of holes in ...
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Adapting Halo H71CT for 12" joist centers

I bought 24 6" recessed can lights for a new rec room. They're going between joists 12" on center. I love the quick installation features of this assembly (got at Lowe's) but I snapped the guide arms ...
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Replace fluorescent bathroom light with an LED (PL26E/H/841/LED)?

I'm replacing my bathroom compact, horizontal fluorescent light bulbs in my bathroom fan. It is a 4-pin light hooked up to a ballast. I have purchased an LED replacement from Home Depot. Specifically,...
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Does this picture look like a burnt out LED lighting or is something wrong with the fixture itself?

Does this picture look like a burnt out LED lighting or is something wrong with the fixture itself? The apartment was built a year and a half ago with these types of fixtures put in. Is this just the ...
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Change downlight GU 5.3 bulbs with dimmable transformer to LED bulbs

I have 12 GU 5.3 dimmable bulbs in living room and want to replace this with led GU10 bulbs. Tried online to get dimmable led GU 5.3 bulbs but appears more complex issue and expensive as well. I also ...
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Do you need special recessed LED housing for angled / sloping ceilings?

Do you need special recessed LED housing for angled / sloping ceilings? I see that they sell them, but if there are enough recessed LEDs installed for good coverage, can't I just use regular housings? ...
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What spotlight beam angle to choose?

I am looking into buying some 5W LED 3000k GU10 spotlights with a rating of 450 lumens, for my gypsum soffits. The only part which is confusing me is what viewing angle I should get. I have found a ...
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Thermocouple cause fixture no light?

Can the thermocouple be bypassed in the shower stall recessed light fixture? If not how should this be replaced?
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Replace GU-10 lights

I have GU-10 recessed lights in the bathroom. Unfortunately they do not sell replacement 4" kits that have the GU-10 connection. I'm replacing because the light is terrible even with led light bulbs. ...
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What height are lumens measured at when calculating lighting layout?

I'm trying to determine how many recessed lighting fixtures I'll need to light an area that is a 500 square foot rectangle, with 30 lumens per square foot (30fc). 30 lumens per square foot is what is ...
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Convert this can to a “standard” light socket?

We've built a new home and the electrician put this fancy schmancy LED recessed lights in that should last like a decade or something. Which is great...except in my office I want to be all futuristic ...
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How do I access the light in this recessed can?

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills...I can't for the life of me figure out how to access (and ultimately change out) the bulb inside this recessed can. I've tried twisting, pushing, prying, twisting, ...
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Recessed lights working intermittently

I have 7 recessed lights in my kitchen. They stopped working over a period of a few months, one by one, until none worked. Every now and then, one of them will come on, sometimes the one on the back ...
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Does it make sense to replace gx24q-3 CFLs with e26 LEDs?

My new house comes with gx24q-3 bases and CFL bulbs everywhere. I read that LEDs are better in every way. I've found some br30 e26 LEDs for only $1.25 each at Costco. Does it make sense for me ...
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Is the ceiling above a shower a “wet” or “damp” location?

I want to install recessed lights in my bathroom, in particular in the shower. The definition for a "wet location" in the Canadian Electrical Code is something like "where it might get sprayed with ...
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Recessed lights, how to replace bulb?

H Can I just replace the bulb or do I have to replace the entire assembly? Does the bulb just unscrew or is there a spring mechanism? Also what type of bulb is it? I'd like to replace it with a ...
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How do I remove this recessed light bulb?

This is a small recessed light in my new house (still figuring out all the nuances of it). How do I get the bulb out of this recessed fixture in order to replace it? It looks like there is some ...
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recessed light only works with halogen bulb?

My husband and I just moved into a new home and have found that we have two different types of recessed light fixtures. One of types only works with a specific type of halogen flood light bulbs and ...
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Replacing either the light socket or the whole recessed light fixture

Fixing my old house up to put on the market. Had it rewired a couple yrs ago. This light fixture is above my kitchen sink.Keeps tripping out when turned on. I can't find square recessed lighting to ...
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Ceiling Fan with Recessed Lights

This is for U.S. based electrical in a house built in 2001. Currently I have a ceiling fan w/light on a 14/2 NM-B run to a single-pole light switch. When the switch is turned off, neither the fan nor ...
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Repeated loss power to lights but not receptacles without breaker tripping

I'm having an issue with two recessed LED lights that are wired in-line. The power comes from a junction box (nothing else on this breaker has lost power, see below) down to a wall switch, back up to ...