Questions tagged [recessed-lighting]

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

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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, ...
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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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Can the socket in my recessed light be replaced without replacing the entire framing kit?

I have recessed lighting in my living room. One of the bulbs went out. I tried replacing it with a fresh one, but no luck. There is electricity flowing to the socket, but the socket appears to have ...
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What height/ distance from ceiling or above surfaces would be good for uplighting/ scone 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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Using Recessed Lighting with a 6 pin connector instead of a 4 pin?

I just purchased some recessed housings (Halo H7ICAT) and they already came with Wago 773-104 connectors. As you see below 1 pin is used for the light. 1 pin is for the actual power. and 2 are ...
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Electrical rough in

I have 2 question on electrical rough-in 1) For the outlet boxes, do I strip and wire nut the wires or just roll them up and tuck them in for the inspection? 2) For my recessed canless LED lights (...
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How do I change these MR16 light fittings to GU10? (pics included)

I'm looking to change to GU10 from MR16. I bought this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0785RKFNN/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've circled in blue where I attached the new ...
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Remove recessed lighting can

I am trying to remove a recessed lighting fixture (see photo below). This fixture was installed in the ceiling of a new addition in 1993 and I believe it is therefore a ‘new build’ type fixture rather ...
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LED module retrofit into old quad fluorescent not working

I am replacing a bathroom "quad tube" fluorescent recessed ceiling fixture with a Halo recessed downlight LED "module" (RL560WH6940R). This module is the kind that comes with a male edison screw mount ...
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Track Lighting LED bulbs flickering

I recently bought a 5-bulb track lighting & installed GU10 base MR16 shape, dimmable LED lights bought off of eBay. The lights started flickering after turning them on after a few seconds. I ...
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Recessed lighting wiring questions

I have installed (5) recessed lights to my ceiling. I just wanted to double check two questions. Is my wiring sequence correct? Switch to light #1 (3 blacks, 3 whites, 3 grounds in #1), light #1 ...
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recessed can lighting auto off and outlet heating

... 1 of the 2 can lights automatically turned off, I replaced the bulb and it repeated the auto turn of and on... can I buy a tester to help pin-point if the fixture is going bad ? ... noticed today ...
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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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What is the difference between R20 and PAR20 lightbulbs?

Are they compatible? What do R and PAR prefixes represent in general? Important decision, need to buy several replacement lightbulbs!
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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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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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Why did the bulbs in my recessed lights burn out?

Last night the recessed can lights were buzzing a bit because the dimmer switch was only about half way, I assume right at the edge of allowing enough I to reach the cans. Turned up the slider and ...
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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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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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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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Troubleshooting LED refresh rate or flicker

We bought a older home that had all the bulbs and fixtures replaced with LED lights of one kind or another. I have a ceiling fan light fixture and two pot lights in the living room that bother me. ...
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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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Why do my lights turn on when I plug a device into a nearby outlet?

I noticed that when i use the plugs in the wall like by plugging my laptop, it turns my dimmer lights on, what may have the cause of this problem and how can i fix it ? please help
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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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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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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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What are your recommendations for bedroom recessed lights in a step ceiling?

While remodeling our bedroom we are considering recessed lighting. The bedroom has a seating area also - the bed area is 14' x 15' and the seating area is 10' x 9' (overall length is 24 ') and the ...