If your hall lights feature yellow globe lights; ceiling fans with dust bunnies; decade old track lighting; or other outdated lights; you need updated lighting. Updating the light fixtures and considering recessed lights can be an exceptional makeover. Upgrading the outdated lights in your hallway can be done easily, and with sleek recessed LED lights, you get a modernized look with more energy efficient solutions. Hallways are not the great platform to make a big design statement. Hallways should have a clean, streamlined look that can be achieved lights or recessed lights can deliver. Offering far superior efficiency for just a few dollars more than halogens and CFLs, low energy, bulb and fixture options have dropped in price considerably as well. Today, we at Burley Electric Services would like to offer the steps to replace the hallway with recessed lighting.
Upgrading Hallway with Recessed Lighting
1) Turn off power to the light fixture you are replacing at the breaker box. Triple check to ensure the correct circuit has been cut off before continuing.
2) Cut around the base of the light fixture using a putty knife.
3) Remove any screws, nuts or bolts holding the light fixture to the ceiling with the appropriate tools. With the assistance of the putty knife, gently remove the light fixture from the ceiling. The wires should be only what is holding the light fixtures.
4) The ceramic disk that conceals the electrical connections needs be unscrewed from the fixture. From there, remove the electrical connections.
5) Trim it with wire cutters so only good wire remains if any wiring is damaged or burned. From remaining wire about 3/4-inch strip sheathing.
6) To the electrical box, unscrew the light hanging bracket.
7) To remove the electrical box, use putty knife and cut around ceiling drywall. A screw/nut may be securing stubborn boxes that will need to also be removed. Pulling the wires through the hole after sliding out the box and discarding it.
8) Tracing the new size with a pencil by setting the new box against the ceiling. With a utility knife, carefully cut the shape. Using a keyhole/drywall saw, follow this guide to make the opening just big enough to fit the new box.
9) Sliding the box into the freshly cut hole, be sure to feed the wires through the new box.
10) Place the nut on the hanger and tighten to secure the new box into place.
11) Clamp down the wire release.
12) From the new fixture, remove the two screws to install your new LED recessed light into it. With the screws you just removed, screw the hanger, which looks like a stair-step bracket, flush into the box.
13) Wrapping the wire and tightening it into the hanger, attach the ground wire with the green screw that came with the new light, in the center. Secure the connector from the recessed light converter to the wires with wire nuts; black to black and white to white.
14) Tucking the wires up and out of the way, insert the connector into the new can light fixture and press the light fixture into the two brackets.
15) To restore power, return to your breaker box.
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Where these steps are more for the novice, if you want recessed lighting in your hallway and you want to ensure safe, and effective results, call Burley Electric Services and let our experts install it.