How to Replace Recessed Lighting

Updated February 21, 2017

Recessed lighting fixtures sit tucked away in the ceiling, hiding the lights from view. Recessed lighting can create a spotlight effect in the home, highlighting certain design features of the home. When you wish to change the recessed lighting effects, or you have a faulty fixture, you may need to replace the whole light. Changing a recessed lighting fixture is a bit different from hanging a flush mount or a hanging fixture. Safety above all else is required when changing lights.

Turn off the electricity to the room you are working on.

Unscrew the light bulb from the light.

Loosen the screws from the inside of the metal fixture casing. Push the metal fixture casing up into the ceiling, and rest it on the ceiling joists above.

Remove the cover plate from the wire connection box in the ceiling. Test that the power is off using a wire tester.

Remove the plastic wire connectors, and loosen the wires from the old fixture. Remember the wire orientation. Mark them with masking tape if necessary. Remove the old fixture from the ceiling.

Push the new fixture into the ceiling, and connect the wires with wire connectors. Place the metal fixture over the hole in the ceiling, and tighten the screws. Insert a bulb, turn on the power, and test.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Fixture
  • Circuit tester
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