Easy Steps on How to Install Recessed Lighting in the Bathroom

Being how I have never installed recessed lighting before I did my do diligence by researching it on the internet before I bought anything. What I found out was that there are different fixtures for new construction and remodeling. There are also different fixtures for if the fixture, once mounted in the ceiling, can come in contact with the insulation or not. Once I knew which one I needed to get it made it a whole lot easier to pick out once I got to the home improvement store. I ended up getting the ones for remodeling with an IC designation which stands for insulation contact.

The first thing that I did for the install is mark on the ceiling where I would like the lights to go. Then I got out the stud finder to see if there were any studs in the way. Yep you guessed it. I should have found out where the studs were before I marked where I wanted the lights because now I have to relocate them. No problem though because there were no holes yet. Now that I moved the location I am ready to cut the holes. When I bought the light fixtures they came with a template so I could cut the right size holes. I used a drywall hand saw to cut the holes. It worked very well and the tool is only about 3 bucks verses the “Special Drywall Hole Saw” that they try to sell you for $25 or so.

Now that the holes are in I went up in the attic to see where I could run the electric lines and found out that I can’t reach one of the fixture so I have to pre-wire that one before I install it. Once I got back in the bathroom I wired up the first fixture and pushed the wire through the hole and then pushed the fixture into the hole. When the fixture was flush with the drywall there were three spring clips that you have to push in to hold it in place. What they do is pinch the flange of the fixture against the drywall so it doesn’t move around. After the first one was in place and secure I fished the wire from the first one through the second hole and wired that one in as well.

When the second one was in place I went back up into the attic to finish the wiring. Since we already had a light mounted on the wall I was able to find the junction box and splice into that circuit so that the new fixtures would come on with the existing switch making sure that the switch was off before I started so there was no power to that junction box. The last few things I needed to do were, install the light bulbs, test the switch to make sure everything worked and then install the face plates. The face plates that I used were the ones that have a seal on the inside so the moisture from the shower would not affect the lights.