How to Install Recessed LED Lighting in an Existing Ceiling

How to Install Recessed LED Lighting in an Existing Ceiling

Installing Recessed LED Lighting Is not as difficult as you might think.

So you want to update a room (or several rooms) in your home with recessed LED lights – great choice! A retrofit of recessed lighting with LED bulb fixtures offers major benefits in lighting function and aesthetic. Whether your retrofit lighting project is part of a greater housing remodel or just a single construction or replacement project, review the cost and advantages of using LEDs vs other lighting types (such as halogen or “halo” lights), and why the electric fixtures you choose makes a difference.

Retrofit Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is one of the most popular retrofit lighting projects due to the advantages offered. In general, installing recessed lights is done because these fixtures take up less visual space in an area compared to ceiling or wall mounted fixtures or lamps, while making the room look bigger by casting light around the room. These lights produce downlight that can also be used to highlight architectural features or showpieces, such as artwork.

Advantages of Using LED Recessed Lighting Fixtures

LED bulbs offer the same down light as traditional recessed fixtures but with desirable advantages. They offer bright light using fewer volts than other bulb styles, saving a great amount of energy and lowering your electric bills.

LED bulbs are cooler to the touch than other light bulb types, reducing burn risk when changing bulbs. Since LED bulbs offer lower energy consumption and longer service life (LED bulbs last a minimum of 50,000 hours vs 10,000 hours for traditional incandescent bulbs), the amount of maintenance and bulb changes required for recessed fixtures is limited. This makes LEDs a great choice for homeowners and commercial facility managers, as changing bulbs in ceiling fixtures or those high on walls requires more work and equipment. In recessed lighting retrofits, LED bulbs cost less to operate and less to replace.

LED bulbs are also dimmable – a desired feature for many who install recessed lighting! LED bulbs can be dimmed to create custom lighting looks while also lowering energy consumption. The dimmable lighting gives users the unique power to alter the mood of a room or area simply by adjusting lighting intensity and create different zones throughout the space. LED dimmable lights do not flicker, so there are no added distractions.

Trim is very important to the look and safety of your retrofit LED recessed lighting project.

  • Remodeling home trim is utilized on retrofit projects where LED recessed lights are installed within an existing ceiling (construction new home trim is used in new construction projects).
  • Insulation contact (IC) trim prevents disruption to surrounding insulation within a ceiling for safety and energy efficiency.
  • Non-IC trim is installed in applications where insulation is kept at least 3 inches away from the fixture.
  • Airtight casings lower the airflow between the space over and under the light fixture.
  • Shallow ceiling home trim is used in applications where there are 2×6-inch joists.


Where to Install LED Recessed Lights

Retrofitting refers to installing new lighting in existing ceilings or walls in kitchens, bathrooms, or wherever these fixtures are wanted in housing or commercial spaces.

Recessed lighting can be found in:

  • BathroomsEasy Recessed lighting installation
  • Kitchens
  • Living areas
  • Bookcases
  • Walls to be highlighted
  • Exteriors, illuminating exits, and other features

Choosing the Right LED Fixtures

Remodel and construction projects for commercial buildings or in housing come with a cost – both a monetary cost and the time it takes to complete, and maintain over the fixture’s years of service. Protect the investment you’ve made in upgrading your lighting by selecting fixtures that are well-made and offer perks that will make their care simpler for you to handle.

LED Corporations specializes in manufacturing top-of-the-line LED lights and fixtures. We offer ceiling and wall retrofit kits that are designed to serve occupants better than discount models. Using innovative LED technology to design our fixtures, we strive to keep your electric bills lower using less voltage than halogen halo lights and older incandescent bulbs. Our technology allows you to enjoy lower electric costs without making sacrifices.

Our recessed LED lights come in a variety of shapes to fit all needs. Our bulbs and fixtures offer superior lumen efficiency to produce reliable, energy efficient lighting for your application. Our fixtures are easy to install, helping retrofit lighting projects be completed quickly at lower labor costs. Each fixture is covered by a warranty for peace of mind and maximum benefit to end users.

Selecting high-quality fixtures is in your best interest when you undertake a recessed lighting retrofit project. Low-end fixtures do not offer the durability and reliability, which may lead to the need to replace them early, adding expense as well as safety concerns. Utilizing quality fixtures with energy efficient lighting technology ensures the lighting you are adding to your home will function as you want without driving up energy consumption.

Work with a Qualified Electrician

Recessed lighting retrofits are performed safely by qualified electricians. You’ll be satisfied with your new lighting look when you take advantage of an expert who will effectively design a recessed lighting plan to meet your needs and provide skilled installation of high-quality products. An electrician will install recessed lights placed an appropriate number of inches apart to achieve their desired effect.

Protect the integrity of your new LED recessed lighting fixtures and the success of your retrofit lighting project by working with a qualified, licensed electrician.


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