How to Install Canned Lighting in an Existing Ceiling


Installing canned (recessed) lighting can be done in a few simple steps:


Mark Locations

1. Mark Locations

Mark all light locations and then cut a hole in the ceiling with a drywall saw or drill.


Rough in Wiring

2. Rough in Wiring

Rough in the wiring by opening the light’s junction box and running a cable from the power source to a switch box. Connect to the first hole.


Wire the Light

3. Wire the Light

Wire the light by opening the light’s junction box. Then, run the cable into the box and clamp tightly. Strip any insulation and make wire splices (black to black, white to white, ground to ground, etc.). Fold the wires into the box and replace cover.


Mount the Light

4. Mount the Light

Mount the light by slipping the can’s box into the hole until tight. Depending on the model, push each clip up and out until everything clicks


Add Trim

5. Add Trim

Add the trim by hooking the coil springs or squeezable rod springs where applicable. Then push the trim into place for a finished light fixture.

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