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Recessed Lighting

Installing Recessed Lighting

If you’re looking to light up a room in the simplest of terms, consider installing recessed lighting, as it takes the least amount of decorating, installation time, and space. Recessed lighting is a light that’s installed directly inside a ceiling, wall, or another surface and your electricians serving Northbrook are here to help with the process!

The Components

The main components of a recessed fixture are housing, trim, and bulb.

  • Housing: This is the bulk of the fixture that’s hidden within the wall or the ceiling and contains the electrical connections to make the fixture work
  • Trim: The trim is the decorative and visible portion of the fixture
  • Bulb: The bulb is what produces light and you can either go with the common incandescent bulb or something different like the LED bulb

Using Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is the perfect choice when it comes to illuminating a room without taking too much away from the room’s decor. This minimalist approach helps avoid clutter because the fixtures don’t protrude from the ceiling. Recessed lighting is beneficial to rooms with low ceilings because hanging fixtures can make the room seem even smaller.

The Installation Process

Before you start the installation process, cut the electricity to any room in which you’ll be putting in lights. Turn the wall switch to the “off” setting and cut the power to the room at the main fuse (or breaker box).

Cut a Hole:

Drill a 1/4-inch hole into the ceiling at the center of the opening you want, but use a stud finder to make sure the holes do not overlap a joist. Cut the larger hole with a drywall saw and mark all the light locations necessary.


Disconnect the light fixture you already have and run a flexible conduit with ground wire (hot and neutral) from the power source to a switch box. The flexible conduit should then go to the first hole with at least 18 inches of the extra flexible conduit so wiring is easier. Run the flexible conduit into the light’s junction box and clamp it. Next, you strip insulation and make wire splices—black to black, white to white, and ground to ground. When you have finished hooking up the wires, fold them back into the box and replace the cover.


Once the wiring is complete, mount the light using the four clips that clamp the can to the ceiling. Push down on top of the drywall and pull the clips in so they aren’t protruding outside the can.

Add Trim:

The coil springs on recessed lighting are meant to be hooked to the trims, which carefully guide them into position.


Once the fixture and trim are installed, you can add in the lightbulbs of your choosing. Turn the power back on the make sure the lights are working.

Current Electrical Contractors, Inc. believe that no project is too big or too small, so contact us today if you need help with your recessed lighting installation. As your electricians serving Northbrook, we look forward to adding some brightness to your home.

We are serving throughout the Chicago area and along the North Shore, including Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka.


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