What Do I Need to Know About Installing Recessed Lights?
Safety with Electricity
Since installing recessed lights is a project aimed at providing light to new areas of your house, you will necessarily be working with and around electricity. The first safety precaution that must be taken, therefore, will be to turn off the power in the project area. If you are unsure of proper procedures for working around electrical wiring, or if you would rather not deal with this portion of the project, don’t hesitate to contact a Los Angeles electrician.
If there is no electrical power source immediately convenient, however, you will either need to hire an electrician to run wire to the new fixture or learn how to safely fish electrical cables. The latter technique, while effective and cost-efficient, presents its own safety hazards that you will need to be aware of before tackling the electrical portion of this project.
Fire Hazards Resulting from Insulation
Any time electric light bulbs are being used, a great amount of heat has the potential to be generated. Since most houses incorporate energy-saving measures into their designs, it is possible that you will find yourself installing recessed lights in areas surrounded by insulation. In this case, you must be sure to purchase a lighting fixture that is rated for insulation contact. This will be designated on the unit by the symbol “IC”. If insulation touches an improperly rated recessed light, there is a potential for fire to result. Another thing to be aware of when wiring a new system is that the junction box must be in an accessible place (usually either in an attic or basement) and not covered with drywall or other fixtures that will make access impractical.
Miscellaneous Safety Precautions
In addition to working with electricity, installing recessed lights will likely require some amount of cutting through drywall. Safety goggles are therefore strongly recommended to prevent dust and drywall particles from irritating or scratching your eyes. Likewise, gloves are always a good idea when completing any project of this nature where sharp edges may be present.
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