Questions tagged [recessed-lighting]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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one recessed light not working?

one of my eight recessed lights (HALO H71CT) is not working. What are the chances that it is the thermocoupler? The light doesn't come on and go off it just doesn't come on....thanks for any help you ...
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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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How do I stop my in-cabinet lights from falling out?

I bought a house three months ago and I'm slowly getting around to different projects. We have beautiful halogen in-cabinet lights above our kitchen sink but the light fixtures seem to fall out every ...
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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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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 is the easiest way to install 4“ recessed lights in 6” holes?

I purchased some nice-looking 4" recessed LED fixtures to replace my existing fixtures that use incandescent bulbs. I've now discovered that my current recessed lights are of the 6" variety. I like ...
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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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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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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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What kind of compact fluorescent light bulb fixture is this?

I have search quite a bit to find what kind of compact fluorescent light bulb I need for this recessed can light? It is in a bathroom above a tub. I have include a picture of the base looking into ...
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Can I put a recessed light in a shower?

I am in Montgomery County, Maryland and I had a contractor tell me it's against code to put a recessed light in my shower. The shower is 3' X 3' X 7'1" (3 foot by 3 foot and the height is 7 feet 1 ...
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Why do my CFL bulbs turn off after a while?

I have two groups of 4 recessed lights in my kitchen (eight lights total). Each group is on a three-way circuit (i.e. can turn the group on/off from two different locations). The bulbs are Ecosmart ...
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How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?

I installed two new recessed LED light fixtures using 4" new construction IC housings. The problem is that both fixtures are not flush against the ceiling after installation, they are dipping down on ...
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having to cycle switch to get fluorescent lights to come on

In our kitchen are 2 two fixtures that hold 4 48in tubes. There are two switches for these lights. We have to cycle the switch several times to get them to fully light. It does it with both switches. ...
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Fixing previous wiring at switch for recessed lighting

I moved in to this house and the ceiling fan and recessed lighting worked (we did demo in the master and the lights worked). Painters came in right after that and the lights have never worked since. I ...
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Recessed Lighting Clips

I need to replace some broken clips in a recessed light fixture. I was unable to attach a picture because it's over 2 MB in size. It's not a remodel can. It's probably about 50 years old (originally ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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Fitting recessed lighting without damaging ceiling

I'm trying to add recessed lighting into my hall. There's currently a pendant light in the middle, which I'll be removing. I then want to add 6 240v (UK) GU10 fittings. There's no insulation in the ...
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Converting a ceiling recessed light to a wall outlet

So, Round two of this post, I've given up combining two wall outlets to 240v and realized that I need another 120v outlet to safely power everything with an 80% margin. we have GX24Q-1 outlets for ...
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Alternatives to springs for recessed can light trims?

Does anyone know of a good alternative to the specialized springs normally used to secure the trim of a recessed light to the fixture? They look like this: I am installing about 40 trims and for ...
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Recessed Can Light Not Working

I have 2 recessed can lights that are controlled from the same wall switch. I replaced both with LED bulbs. After several months, in one of the lights the bulb would go off and on intermittently. I ...
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Dim only certain lightbulbs on a circuit?

The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He ...
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Can I install new construction lights into old ceiling with attic vs remodel lights?

I want to put in can lights throughout my house. I have attic space to do it and from what I have read it seems like the new construction lights are better than the remodel lights that appear to put ...
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Ideas for filling up large nook [closed]

I have a rather large nook ( 13 feet wide ) in my basement which will have cabinets and countertop. ( see attached picture ). My two problems are : Since largest stock countertop is 10 feet wide, I ...
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Why did one of my recessed lights in a group stop working?

I have 4 recessed lights on a single switch/circuit. One of them stopped working. I assumed that the bulb went bad, but have replaced it with multiple known-working bulbs. Also confirmed that the ...
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Can I hardwire an LED retrofit disk

My contractor messed up and put junction boxes into my new house instead of using recessed cans like I was expecting. They were planning on using something like these LED disks. They wire directly to ...
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Color adjusting LED ceiling light intermittent issues

I recently installed CE color changing (5 temperature settings) LED all-in-one fixtures in my bedrooms and have been having an odd issue. I wired four fixtures with 12/2 Romex in parallel out of a ...
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Wiring a recessed light fixture [duplicate]

How do I connect 3 black wires, 1 red wire, and 1 piggy-tailed white. I can connect the hot black for the light but I can't get the switch to turn on or off, and I've tried all kinds of combinations ...
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How to know if I can use LED ceiling light bulbs?

I'm renting a flat and need to replace some light bulbs. The bulbs I need are 12V MR16/GU5.3 bulbs. How can I tell if I can use LED bulbs as opposed to the halogen ones that are there currently? If ...
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Does anyone make larger torsion spring clips for recessed lighting fixtures?

I've got recessed LED fixtures in the dining room. (Juno IC22 housings.) They were installed after the old plaster ceiling had been removed, so they're fastened to the joists with telescoping bar ...
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Recessed lighting 10 x 10 Bedroom

I have a lake home that has a very small bedroom we are remodeling. Because of the room size the bed actually is located in one corner of the room. Currently have purchased four 4 inch recessed lights....
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Family Room Lighting [closed]

I'm remodeling our family room (drywall is up and mud is almost done... and yes, I'm realizing I should have figured out a lot more specifics of lighting before finishing the drywall). The room has ...
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What sort of transformers are needed for LED spotlights (MR16)?

I have a suspended ceiling in my bathroom with 6 halogen (MR160 12V 35W) spotlights, each light has its own transformer, which I believe is to covert the voltage from 240v to 12v. Some of the ...
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How do I know what LED bulbs are safe to use in fixtures that are part of construction?

In a recent question, I asked about different power ratings for LED and traditional incandescent light bulbs. In the accepted answer, the author explained that the different ratings are due to heat ...
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Halogen light stops working when cover is installed

I have an under-counter halogen light (jc / g4, 12 watts) that doesn't work. If I remove the glass safety cover (might be called the lens) from the light socket then the light works fine, and will ...
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What kind of bulb should I use for a recessed can?

I just installed a Halo 5" IC remodel recessed can with the 5000P open trim. I installed a 15W R30 CFL bulb, and it hangs down about an inch below the trim. Not very recessed! I have the trim ...
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Recessed light spacing

I am putting 4 inch Philips hue LED lights in my den that is 260 inches by 248 inches with 8 foot tall ceilings. I am putting 9 lights in (from scratch). The way I have it mapped out to avoid the ...
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How to add grounded junction boxes when installing recessed lighting?

I'm interested in adding recessed lighting in my basement where there are only two flush mount fluorescent fixtures, so I'd be adding 8 or 10 additional fixtures. My home has no dedicated ground wire, ...