How To Install Recessed Lighting

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Step By Step

  • Step 1:

    Location of the recessed fixtures and distance between them must be determined

    Next: Step 2

  • Step 2:

    Then, The right opening on the BT1200 Insulated ceiling box must be chosen according to the whole diameter. This will depend on the housing of chosen recessed fixture. In this demonstration, we have model number 300-130 with the hole opening diameter of 3-7/8 inches.

    Next: Step 3

  • Step 3:

    To install the insulated ceiling box, the four bar hangers have to be fastened to the bottom of the joist and secured with nails or wood screws. The opening on the box must be adjusted horizontally to the bar hangers. Then, the desired position of the plaster frame has to be secured by bending the lock and tabs on the bar hangers. Your installation box is installed, now to add the lights

    Next: Step 4

  • Step 4:

    Now that the BT1200 and Gypsum panels are installed, its time to cut the hole in the ceiling to install the recessed fixtures.

    Next: Step 5

  • Step 5:

    Before connecting the wires, power must be turned off. Then black wire, the live, have to be connected to the color wire. White wire, the neutral, has to be connected to the white wire. Bare Copper, the ground, has to be connected to the bare copper wire from the fixture. The use of a wire clip and connectors is mandatory. Notice, insulation must be in conformance with the electrical code of your region and the manufactures connections must not be removed.

    Next: Step 6

  • Step 6:

    The recessed fixture is now inserted in the ceiling opening.

    Next: Step 7

  • Step 7:

    Tighten the two screws with a drill or screwdriver until the fixture sites firmly in place.

    Next: Step 8

  • Step 8:

    Now the bulb and trim can be installed. Notice: Verify bulb orientation beforehand. If the ceiling is located under an attic space, a vapor barrier needs to be installed over the insulated ceiling box and taped onto the polyethylene barrier to block air circulation and prevent condensation.

    Next: Step 1

Tools & Tips

Tools & Materials

  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil, Hammer
  • Nails or Wood Screws
  • Hole Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire Strippers
  • Wire clips and connectors
  • Recessed Lighting Materials
  • Insulated Ceiling box if necessary

Xpert Advisor Tips:

  • It's recommended to use the services of a qualified electrician for installation.
  • Please refer to the electrical code of your region.
  • The following is instructions for an existing or non existing insulated ceiling.
  • Make sure you know how much clearance there is above the ceiling (a minimum of 7.5 inches of space for insulated ceilings) and you know the ceiling thickness. In this case, an insulated ceiling box BT1200 is mandatory. A vapor barrier Vap101 is recommended when the ceiling is located under an attic space, exterior ceiling. These accessories are required by electrical code.
  • If you have an existing ceiling, you will need to have access to the ceiling space, otherwise you will have to open your ceiling to install the accessories.
  • NOTICE: Some LED or CFL Recessed Fixtures are approved for insulated ceiling as is. No insulated ceiling box is required, please refer to product specifications.

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