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How to Install Recessed Lighting

Recessed lights are also called "can lights" and are great for reading. They sit above the ceiling drywall.

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Step 1: Run Electrical Cable to a Hole

Make sure the power is turned off at the circuit breaker. Run electrical cable from a power source to a hole, leaving at least 16" of extra cable to make the wiring easier. Open the light's junction box. Usually there's a plate that pops off.

Step 2: Connect the Wiring

Run the cable into the box and clamp it. Strip the insulation and make matching wire connections -- black, white and ground. Fold the wires into the box and replace the cover. To set the light, pull in the clips, slip the can's box into the hole, and then push the can's body into the hole until it's snug.

Step 3: Place the Fixture

Using a screwdriver, push each clip up and out until it clicks and clamps the fixture into place. Attach the trim ring according to the directions of the particular style you've chosen. Turn the power back on and enjoy the warm glow of your new lights.

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