New – construction fixtures are supported by screwing or nailing the fixture’s frame to the ceiling joists. But if you have access to space above the ceiling where the fixture will be located, you can install new – construction recessed lights in your existing ceiling.
When looking for an electrician to install recessed lights in your home, it is best to hire a local electrician. Because the transportation cost will be lower, and locals will be more aware of state regulations.
The basic installation of recessed can lights runs from $200 to $250 per fixture for labor alone. For each fixture, the process takes about 2 1/2 hours at a $85 to $105 per hour labor rate. Both new construction and remodel projects take this long to install each one.
4 inch lighting takes up considerably less space than 6 inch options or regular lighting. This makes it ideal for small rooms and surfaces where even an inch of space makes a big difference. In addition, it has no unsightly cables such as those used in regular lighting which makes it a lot better looking.
Recessed lights, also known as can lights, are described as metal light housings installed in the ceiling for a sleek look that gives you back your ceiling. Their diameter generally varies from 3” to 6.”
The typical rule-of-thumb is 24″ from each wall, and then 3-5 feet between cans. So in a 12′ room you’d probably want two rows of lights. Considering it is a bedroom and you don’t need it as bright as a kitchen, you can probably get away with 2 rows of 4 lights for a total of 8.
Recessed lights increase the value of a property Most likely, you are on a budget. So, it would be reasonable to spend the least you can do to increase the value of the place. Here is when recessed LED lights come into play! For example, you can install some downlights closer to the walls on the side of a corridor.
Breaker Limitations Each fixture with a 60-watt incandescent or halogen bulb draws about 1/2 amp, so a 15 -amp breaker for a standard lighting circuit would be able to handle 30 of them. That’s more than you’d ever install in most rooms.
Here’s some basic facts you should consider when installing recessed lights: Most lighting circuits in homes are either 15 or 20 amps. 15 amp circuits are the most common. 20 amp circuits require 12 gauge wire; 15 amps circuits allow for less expensive 14 gauge wire.
Whatever new recessed lighting you add should work with your existing fixtures. Measure your room to see how many fixtures you will need. A common rule of thumb is that you use one recessed light for every 4 to 6 square feet of ceiling space.
You can not daisy chain multiple lights together. If you are using aspectLED Ultra-Thin extension cables, always purchase the appropriate length cable and never connect multiple extension cables together.
The simple fact that the lights are built straight into the ceiling make them an effective application for any room or space with low clearance. Recessed lights are especially helpful if you’re concerned that you or anyone else might knock their head on any hanging fixture such as a chandelier.
New construction fixtures install before ceiling installation and use adjustable arms that attach to ceiling joists. Remodeling recessed light fixtures are installed after ceiling installation and are supported by the drywall.
Most people install 4 to 6 recessed lights to fill the space. The national average cost for this project is between $800 and $2,000, with most people spending around $1,650 to install 6 lights with a gimbal trim in an existing ceiling.