How to Replace a Recessed Light Cover

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Recessed lights can change the atmosphere in your room. The type of trim you choose to place onto your recessed housing determines the type of light the fixture will cast. For example, eyeball trims highlight specific areas on your wall, focusing attention to a favourite piece of art while reflector trims intensify the light over an area. While there many different types of trims to choose from, there only two ways the trims connect to a recessed housing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Eyeball and Lens Trims

  1. 1

    Turn off the electrical power to the recessed light and remove the light bulb.

  2. 2

    Grasp around the outside edge of the recessed light cover trim with your hands and pull away from the ceiling to expose the butterfly springs attached to both sides of the trim.

  3. 3

    Squeeze the wires of the butterfly springs toward each other. Grasp the left spring in your left hand and the right spring in your right hand. Squeeze the springs together with your thumb and forefingers to release the spring from the L-bracket located on the inside of the recessed housing.

  4. 4

    Replace the recessed light cover by squeezing the butterfly springs together and slipping the springs back into the L-bracket located inside the recessed housing.

  5. 5

    Replace the light bulb and turn the electrical power back on to the recessed light.

    Open and Baffle Trims

  1. 1

    Turn off the electrical power to the recessed light housing and remove the light bulb.

  2. 2

    Reach into the recessed light housing with your hand and grasp the small coiled springs that hold the trim to the housing. Stretch the spring to unhook it from the recessed housing. Note where the springs attach to the housing, they either attach to the socket plate or the side of the recessed housing.

  3. 3

    Replace the recessed light trim by stretching the springs attached to the trim and hooking them to the recessed housing.

  4. 4

    Replace the light bulb and turn the electrical power back on to the recessed light.

Tips and warnings

  • Not all trims are rated for all recessed housings. If you are unaware which trim you can use on your housing, visit your local home improvement centre and speak to the lighting expert.
  • Alway make sure the electricity is off to the area you are working in to avoid electrical shock.

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