Questions tagged [recessed-lighting]

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

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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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remove a recessed light can

i have old (late 1980's) recessed lighting. i cannot figure out how to remove the can. there are no springs,ears or anything i can see inside the can. the bulb holder is secured by 2 spring clips that ...
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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 ...