Questions tagged [recessed-lighting]

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

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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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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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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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Why won't my recessed lights illuminate when they have power?

I recently installed 7 recessed can lights in my basement that are powered by 3 way light switches. After I hooked up the power to the 2 switches the first light in the series will illuminate but the ...
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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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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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How do I change a light bulb I can't grip?

We have two bulbs in our house that need replacing. They appear to be PAR38 bulbs. The bulbs are both in recessed sockets. There is not enough space between the bulb and the well to get fingers ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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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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How to cover the metal showing in recessed lighting?

I have just installed new recessed lighting in my basement with exposed ceiling. That was the easy part. I happen to have a lot of traditional styled LED light-bulbs that I'd like to put in them. My ...
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Determining if a recessed light is rated for outside use

How can I determine whether a recessed light fixture is rated for use outdoors? I understand local codes will have a say, but I'm looking for a general purpose answer. I have a covered, wrap-around ...
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Safe to put insulation around recessed light cans after convert to LED?

I have a ranch home, in the kitchen there are recessed lights. I want to replace them with these LED ones that home depot sells: I took a look at the insulation around the recessed light cans from ...
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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What should I look for in purchasing a replacement recessed light?

I have existing recessed lighting that currently has incandescent bulbs in it. I want to replace the incandescent bulbs and existing trim with a new LED fixture. The problem that I am having is that ...
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Wiring for recessed lighting through ceiling with floor trusses

I have a finished basement that I'd like to add recessed lighting to. Instead of solid joists in the ceiling, I have floor trusses. In a way, this is good because I don't have to drill holes in the ...
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Floodlight randomly, dimly lights even when lightswitch is off

This problem baffles me completely. In one of our bedrooms, we have two floodlights connected to a one-way Z-wave dimmer switch. Both floodlights are Cree BR30s. When the light switch is off, one ...
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Finishing up the junction box

Inspector said something was required in the hole that was punched out to run the romex through. (hole can not be left with just romex) anyone know what I need to buy?
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How many recessed lights does my kitchen need? [closed]

I am remodeling a 12x12 kitchen and want to add recess lighting. How many 6 inch led can lights would I need to fill the space with light?
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How to replace this recessed light bulb

I've been struggling with this light bulb for hours. I tried to un-screw it to the left or right but it didn't rotate at all. Please help me.
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Insulating over IC recessed lights

I am losing a good amount of heat through my recessed lights. I went up in the attic above and found there is insulation around them, but not on top. They are IC (insulation contact) rated. Is it ...
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Traditional Recessed Lights or the New “clip” LED Panels?

I'm finishing my basement (exposed ceiling, will be putting in roxul safensound) and I have a dilemma. Home Depot just released these new 4" puck/panel lights with integrated LED driver. I'm ...
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Using 3“ (or 4”) recessed lights with GU10 bulbs for ambient (not accent) lighting

I am currently finishing my unfinished basement. I would like to create a look similar to this basement. From the looks of it they are using 3 or 4" recessed lights with GU10 bulbs. I am planning to ...
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Fixing hole in ceiling for recessed light after water damage

I recently had to deal with a little water damage from a leak in the second floor bathroom. The ceiling appears to be dried out after a few days of pushing air through it and the only real water ...
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Recessed LED lighting orange connectors

Installing 12 recessed light cans in the basement. Figured I'd go LED, so I purchased a dozen HALO LED housings (H750T). Then I spotted a deal on Philips LED lights and ordered a dozen from HD online. ...
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Switching out an LED recessed light with no neutrals to a pendant

We've moved into a new construction - built 2015 - and want to switch out a recessed light (a HALO product EL406930) to a pendant light. I bought a Westinghouse recessed-light-to-pendant-conversion ...
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Help me identify my halogen recessed lighting

I just moved into an apartment with recessed halogen lighting. I was considering replacing them with LEDs (both for energy and color reasons). I know this may not be as easy as swapping a bulb, but to ...
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How to remove / fix recessed light trim

I have a recessed light that I tried to change to an LED bulb. I was able to unscrew the old bulb, but I can't get it out because there is a shield blocking the light from the can in one direction. ...
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Do new wire runs in an existing ceiling need to be stapled down?

I've heard some people say that code requires wiring in the wall to be stapled to framing every so often (how often?), but when you are doing a remodel, is that necessary? I have a two story house, ...
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Three hots and a neutral in a recessed light

I was wiring a Lightolier recessed light (model 1000AICM) and I noticed that the junction box has three black wires and one neutral. I've never encountered this before. I conjecture the following: the ...
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Lighting design for kitchen 10' x 11'

I want to only have two 6" recessed lights for the general lighting for my kitchen. Ceiling is 100" high. I will have five 4" recessed tasks light: above the sink, and above countertops in ...
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I installed non IC LED recessed lights and now need to insulate part of the ceiling before it is installed, what should I do?

I installed 4" non IC LED recessed lights in a first floor room with 8" clearance during a remodel (no insulation and full access to ceiling space). I later realized that one area of the room with a ...
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How do airtight recessed lights compare to IC-rated ones?

I'm trying to figure out what recessed lights to purchase. The ceiling room has an attic directly above with insulation in between. It appears that IC-rated cans are necessary here, correct? How ...
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Single pot light in room continually dimming / flickering, before dying after a few days

I've just moved into a new apartment and am having trouble with a specific pot light in the main area. There are 4 lights on the switch (all recessed), and they are all working fine except the one. ...
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How to 'warm up' LED output color without changing the bulbs [duplicate]

I tried to ask this question before, but I don't think I was clear. I replaced my recessed lighting with recessed dimmable LED fixtures. The bulbs are contained in the fixture, and I don't believe ...
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How can I warm up my new LED recessed lighting [duplicate]

I was just buying some halogen replacement bulbs for my kitchen recessed lighting when the salesperson talked me into buying recessed LEDs instead. The sales pitch was great about how long they last ...
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CFL integrated or non-integrated

My parent place come with non-integrated CFL fixture. Over the year, some of the socket, ballast and bulbs are out. I wondering if I should go to replace all of them to integrated CFL fixture. Is ...
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How to loosen glass bulb cover from metal base?

I need to replace one of the lightbulbs in my bathroom's lightbulb fixture. The bulb itself is a halopin bulb that inserts with a metal hook, but its covered by a glass cage/receptacle that should ...
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Should I use remodel or new construction recessed fixtures when installing a new ceiling?

We have a stomped ceiling on the first floor in our new home (built in 1969) that we want to get rid of. Every contractor we've talked to says that scraping it off isn't an option because it's been ...
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IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower [closed]

Looking for an IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? I've been scouring Amazon for a few days now and haven't come across any promising hits....
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Pot light failure

I installed a string of 12 pot lights from Costco and they worked fine for 4 months. Yesterday I flipped the switch, the lights came on and went off immediately. I have power at all the lights, I ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Wiring a fan and recessed lighting to a double switch

I currently have a single switch operating a ceiling fan. I'd like to add some recessed lighting to the room. Can I replace the single switch with a double switch to operate the ceiling fan and (4) ...
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How can I convert two recessed lights on a single pole switch to two separate lights with light controls?

I have a bedroom with two recessed can lights operating from one wall switch. I would like to add a ceiling fan/light to one of the outlets and convert the other to a track light with its own light ...
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Air Seal recessed cans without attic access

I recently discovered moisture in my attic and the mold inspector recommended sealing all the canned lights in our house. We have about 30 in vaulted ceilings where there is no attic access. Any ...
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How can I install a recessed light container in an abnormally thick ceiling?

We are in the middle of our home remodeling and we have just noticed that our ceiling seems to be a bit thicker than what the maximum our recessed lights allow for. As shown within the picture link ...
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Should light bulbs above showers be “steam proof”?

In replacing the lighting in my apartment with LED bulbs, I noticed that the recessed can lighting above the shower (to be fair, the light is centered on the shower curtain) does not appear to be ...
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What exactly is a PAR type LED lamp, how does it differ from R/BR type LED & CFL lamps?

I am in the process of replacing my incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. My home is about 14 years old, I've owned it for a little over three years. It seems most of the bulbs that it "...
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Can I cut the recessed lighting housing rails to make them fit in joists 12" apart?

I have this guy -- I got new work since the drywall was removed. Can I cut the excess rail (past the nail) so it fits the joists, which are 12" apart? Or does that mean they're isn't enough space and ...
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How to use an MR16 bulb in a 5“/6” can housing

I want to hang a nice metallic photograph print over my fireplace. I currently have a 5" recessed can with a fish eye for a PAR30 bulb, but I don't like the evenness of color or the width of the spot ...