Do you have those old discolored recessed can lights in your home that use big hot flood bulbs? If so, it’s time for an upgrade!
How to Update Ugly Recessed Can Lights with Energy Efficient LED Lights
Today I want to show you how to update ugly recessed can lights with energy saving LED recessed lights. This process is quick and easy, not to mention the new lights will look better, last longer, and save you money on your energy bill! What more could you want? Change out all your ugly recessed lights in no time by following this simple tutorial.
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- 6″ LED Recessed Dimmable Retrofit Downlights
- Ladder or step stool
- X-acto knife (optional)
Here is what my old lights look like. Not only are they ugly, but they use the large flood light bulbs that use too much energy, radiate heat, and burn out quickly. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of changing these burned out bulbs.
Want to see how quickly you can change out your lights? Here’s a one minute video (that’s how fast you can do it):
The first step to replacing these recessed lights is to remove the light bulb by simply unscrewing it from the socket. Unless you’re extraordinarily tall, you’ll probably need a step ladder for this project.
Next, find two small springs inside the baffle, as shown in photo below. They look like a wire with a loop in the center. Pull up and out on the springs to release the baffle inside your can light.
Remove the trim by simply pulling it off the ceiling.
Grab your new retrofit LED recessed light and screw the adapter into the light bulb socket, exactly as you would screw in a light bulb. It’s that easy!
Inside the opening, find two metal clips. Squeeze the spring hinges on your LED light and insert them into the clips inside the old recessed can. These will hold the light in place.
Finally, gently push your light up into the ceiling. Believe it or not, you’re done!
Now you have a beautiful, white, and energy-efficient LED recessed light. Take some time to admire it.
Now you can easily change out all the can lights in the room and voila, your lighting is upgraded! This is such a quick, easy, and inexpensive project. There is no point in putting it off any longer.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to share any questions or thoughts in the comment section below. Thank you for reading!
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