In this video, Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman installs recessed lights in a homeowner’s playroom.
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Heath heads to a homeowner’s house to help her with a dimly lit room. The homeowner explains that she has recessed lights in some of her rooms, but the children’s playroom is lit only with a lamp. Heath knows just what to do, offering recessed lighting in the playroom to match the other areas in the home. After accessing the layout of the framing and the plumbing in the ceiling, Heath gets to work. After ensuring that the power is off, Heath rewires a switch-controlled outlet so that it’s on constant power. Then, after removing the switch, Heath can look into the wall cavity to ensure that it’s free of obstruction. Next, Heath drills holes in the ceiling for recessed lights (utilizing the dust shroud for mess control) and inside the wall for wiring. With the homeowner’s help, Heath pulls wires for the new lights through the ceiling and back to the switch location before wiring the individual devices. Then, back at the switch, Heath installs a dimmer switch to control the room’s brightness.
Cost: Under $300 (depending on the light and number)
Estimated Time: 3 Hours
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Where to find it?
Heath installed HALO brand HLBSL 4 in. Color Selectable New Construction or Remodel Canless Recessed Integrated LED Kit [https://amzn.to/3jG7jfU], which are manufactured by Cooper Lighting [https://www.cooperlighting.com/global].
The other tools and materials Heath used to install the recessed lights, including the drill, dust shroud, and wiring, can all be found at home centers and electrical supply stores.
Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Kelstrom Landscaping, Inc. [http://www.kelstrom.com/]
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