How to Wire Can Lighting Without an Electrician

Installing can lighting, also known as recessed lighting, in your home can provide focused task lighting or dramatic accent lighting to highlight architectural details. With some basic electrical skills and safety precautions, you can install can lighting yourself without hiring an electrician. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to wire can lighting on your own.

Selecting the Right Can Lights

When selecting can lights, consider the following factors:

Choose the appropriate can light fixtures for the lighting needs of each area.

Working Safely

Installing can lights involves electrical work which can be extremely dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. Here are some tips:

Wiring Power to the Can Lights

The can lights will need to be wired to the 120-volt circuit powering the room. Here are the steps:

Determining the circuit

Running cable

Making connections

Follow local electrical codes for proper wire connections.

Installing the Housings

The can light housings mount inside the ceiling or soffit to hold the trim and light bulb or fixture. Here is how to install them:

Outlining the position

Cutting the holes

Mounting the housings

Connecting the Trim and Bulbs

The trim and light bulbs are the final components to install:

Testing and Completing the Installation

As the final steps:

And that covers the complete process for installing can lighting in your home without an electrician! Follow proper safety procedures, take your time with the steps, and you can achieve professional-looking results. Let me know if you have any other questions!