Updating Your Home: An Easy Guide to Replacing Your Recessed Light Fixtures
Updating the trim around your recessed kitchen light fixtures is the perfect way to revitalize your kitchen space. With a few simple DIY steps, you can easily swap out old and faded trim for something that looks sophisticated and new. What’s more, there’s no need to buy a brand new light fixture to get that updated look. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you update recessed light fixtures so you can breathe new life into the kitchen.
To start, you should check the numbers on your recessed lights and buy new trim in the right size. Once you’re ready to begin, turn the lights off for at least 20 minutes to ensure that the bulbs and the surrounding fixture are cool to the touch. Next, flip the circuit breaker that supplies electricity to the kitchen lights. To be safe, you should double check that the lights won’t come on after you flip the switch.
Once all this is done, place your stepladder below the fixture and ensure that it is stable before you step onto it. In some cases, you may need to find a taller ladder and enlist the help of a buddy to keep it steady in place. After that, remove the light bulb from the fixture and put it someplace safe like a countertop or shelf.
To begin the replacement process, you’ll need to find the pull tabs or springs that hold the trim in place. Depending on your fixture, you may need to use pliers to compress the springs and release the trim. After that’s done, you can manually fit the new trim into the fixture, and use the pliers to compress the springs and slide the trim into place. Make sure to check that the trim is flush with the ceiling, and secure within the light fixture housing.
Finally, screw your bulb back into the fixture and flip the circuit breaker on again. Test the light before continuing to the next project and make sure all of your lights are functioning properly. After the first one is replaced, the next fixtures should be much easier to update.
By following these steps and exercising safety precautions, you can easily update recessed light fixtures and revitalize your kitchen space. You won’t need to replace entire fixtures and you can complete the project yourself, resulting in bigger savings. After just a few minutes of DIY, you’ll have a fresh, new looking kitchen that will brighten up the entire room.