Before installing recessed lighting, you should to know several factors to consider.
Little preparation can help installing recessed lighting go smoother, although this home improvement project is not usually recommended for beginners. Deciding what type of effect is desired can help narrow down what kind of recessed lights to choose. Once this decision has been made, it is a good idea to look at where the lights will be installed and to then develop lighting plan.
Installing recessed lighting can be relatively inexpensive way to accentuate areas of interest, or increase the overall light, in a room.
The type of lighting effect sought should help narrow down the fixture and light bulb options. For softer light, incandescent bulbs may be good choice, while halogen bulbs provide brighter effect. After choosing the fixtures and bulbs, lighting plan is often created to determine how many lights are needed and where they will be placed.
Another factor to consider is the construction of the building. Installing recessed lights normally works best if the unit can be attached to the joists in the ceiling. These can usually be located with a stud finder. If there are no joists in the area where the lighting needs to be installed, there are some models that can be mounted on drywall. Installing recessed lighting in ceilings with insulation typically requires light fixtures that are rated as insulated ceiling to avoid a fire hazard.
Installing recessed lighting can be done as a do-it-yourself project, but it does require a significant level of skill and experience with electrical wiring. A well-developed lighting plan and the appropriate tools can help make this project successful. Some suggested tools include recessed light fixtures, a tape measure, pencil, stud finder, wire coat hanger, laser level, wire-stripping pliers, screwdriver, electrical wire, wire connectors, and a drywall saw.