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How to Install Recessed Lighting in the Kitchen

Host Paul Ryan helps a homeowner install clever recessed lights in her kitchen.

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  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Do Your Spot Checks

Use the lighting plan to mark the rough location of the can lights, making any adjustments as needed. Use a laser level to ensure that the lights are in a straight line. Poke a coat hanger through the marks to check that the lights won't fall on a joist. Check the spots up in the attic. Be sure to wear protective gear when working around insulation.

Step 2: Cut the Holes

Back in the kitchen, cut out the holes using a drill with a hole saw attachment. Set the scan light in place and nail it to the joists. Strip the end of the wire with a wire stripper.

Step 3: Feed Wires Through the Connector

Remove the cap from the light fixture and snap the easy connector into the light fixture. Feed both sets of wire through the connector. Insert the clip from the side and squeeze it with the pliers.

Step 4: Connect the Wires

Push the ends of the wires into the wire connector. Put all the wiring back in the box and put on the cover plate. Snap the trim kits on the lights.