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How to Install Lighting

If you are one of the many Americans that have taken on the notion of doing many of your home improvements and home repairs upon themselves, I am sure at some point you will wonder how to install lighting.

I must begin by saying that playing with electricity is something that is best left to professionals and I highly encourage you to seek the advice, guidance, and services of a professional for projects that deal with electricity. That being said, the answer to the question of how to install lighting is simple; very carefully.

Many of us are drawn to playing with fire and the same holds true to some degree about playing with electricity. I often wonder how many times ole Ben had to fly that kite before he decided that it probably wasn’t the brightest of his decisions- he probably never did. But that is okay; we are here to learn.

Indoor Lighting

installing lightingThe first step before doing anything else is to decide exactly what type of lighting you wish to have. This is something that should be addressed, debated, and decided before you ever bother asking how to install lighting. Different types of lighting require a different process in order to install.

One of the more popular types of lighting in homes today is recessed lighting. This home provides excellent lighting without distracting from the overall design of the room. This is also one of the more difficult types of lighting for the amateur to install as there is often no direct access to the lighting and you must worry about insulation and potential fire hazards.

Outdoor Lighting

If you are planning to learn how to install exterior lighting that is also an entirely different ball game. Exterior lighting is becoming a much more common feature today than in days past. People are beginning to enjoy their exterior living space as much as their interior space and prefer to have the exterior of their homes well lit. This is also becoming more and more of a common safety feature as well. Homes with well-lit exteriors often serve as a deterrent to those who would otherwise invade your home.

Additionally you must learn different steps when learning how to install lighting that is fluorescent, stair lighting, under cabinet lighting, and any other type of lighting that you can think of. Once you have learned the type of lighting you wish to install, you can move on to learning how to actually install that particular style of lighting.

What Next?

Now that you have chosen the type of light you wish to install you need to find out how to install lighting that you have selected. It is always good to seek the advice of professionals but it is also a worthy challenge to take upon yourself. You will want to make sure that you are not dealing with hot wires as this can put a quick end to your day at the very least and create an entirely new project at the worst.

A circuit tester can assist you in this endeavor. Once you have identified the hot wire you will wish to turn off the breaker and identify the hot wire by labeling it somehow. Electrical tape is a good way as it is something you should have on hand for an electrical project at any rate.

Because each type of lighting has special requirements it is impossible to give a step-by-step set of instructions for them all. You have the basics of how to install lighting and a good starting point. The next step you should take is to thoroughly read and reread all instructions pertaining to the particular lighting you wish to install and work according to those instructions.