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How to install a recessed Downlight.

Daisy / 2013-03-07

Comparing to a surface mounting light, a recessed mounting light has the advantage of clean finish and all accessories concealed. So many people choose the recessed light. Downlight, Courtesy Light are adpoting this installation method largely. Here is the step by step installation method to help you fix a recessed light.

Step1:Before doing that, you need to read the installation instruction. Because on the user manual, you can find a variety of using information. Input voltage requirement for example. You can also get the dimension information which is the reference of the hole you need to cut.

Step2: Turn OFF the electricity at the main panel. It is a good idea to lock the circuit breaker panel while you work so that no one else can turn on the circuit This is the electricity using security method, which should always keep in mind.

Step3, Check for obstructions in the ceiling which will make your installation more smoothly. Start by drilling a inch (6 mm) hole through the ceiling at the center point of each circle. If the attic is above the ceiling, go into the attic and visually check for obstructions around each hole; you will need the light fixture to fit between the ceiling joists. If a finished area is above the ceiling, you can check for obstructions with a wire coat hanger. Bend a length of the coat hanger at 90 degrees about 3 inches (80mm) in. Insert the bent wire into each hole you drilled, rotating the bent portion around to check for obstructions. If the wire hits a joist, relocate your lighting fixtures accordingly.

Step4,Cut the hole for your light. Taking reference of the dimension of the light, Avoid cutting too much away; you can always cut more later, but it is much harder to remedy too large a cut.

Step5, Disconnect the existing fixture from the power source. Remove the existing fixture. Make sure that your new recessed lighting plan will not draw more power than the existing fixture; you don't want to run the risk of overloading the room's circuit. To see whether you have overload or not, you can get the Current information on the user manual. And add the data of the current of each light together. Then you can compare it to the maximum of current the circuit board can withstand. As

Step6, Pull cable from the power source to each light. When doing this, leave about 18 inches (45 cm) of wire hanging down through each hole; this will ensure that you have enough slack to wire each light. If the attic is above the ceiling, you can easily run the wire through the attic. If a finished area is above the ceiling, you can use a long, flexible drill bit to drill the necessary holes in the ceiling joists, and then fish the wires through the joists.

Step7, Fixing the light as user manual. Not all recessed light are the same, so when installed, you should read the instruction carefully to see which method it is used to fix the light. Using spring or screwing. Some lights with recessed construction are with springs at both side, so you just need to put back the spring, and loosen it, then the light will be fixed. Some light fixture are using screws, you can see the screw hold after detach some part of the light, usuallly mounting screws are included.

Step8, Test the Light.  Install the appropriate wattage of light bulb in each fixture, and then turn the power back on to determine if you have successfully wired the lights

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