Square Recessed Lighting Ideas – We’ve all seen the basic florescent lighting fixture. Bare, bald, bland and industrial looking lighting isn’t the way to go in your interior design much less your garage space. That’s where square recessed lighting come into play. Best of all, you can install these recessed light sources into an existing kitchen, bathroom or laundry space with ease. Use this guide and you’ll be on your way to getting the most out of your basic florescent tube lighting.
Before installing square recessed lighting, always turn off the breaker to the source. You can test if the power is shut off by testing it with an electrical meter. If you’re not sure, just turn off the breaker to the entire house. Be sure you have a flashlight handy to work in the now dark place. Ensure that your lighting fixture is going to fit into the space with a quick measurement. You’re going to want to add a minimum of two inches of space around the ballast on all sides. This will prevent any fire problems from occurring. That means if you’re going to use ½ inch drywall, you’ll need to add an extra three inches to the space around the box. Using a few studs or other suitable deadwood material, frame the box so that each side is plumb and square.
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First, install the wiring and ceiling light fixture into the center of the opening. Now drywall can be attached and cut around the inside of the square recessed lighting. Next, attach a piece of trim around the inside edge of the square recessed. Cut the trim on 45 degree angles on each end to get a picture frame look. Ensure that the frame hangs in on each side ½ inches. Square the trim using the 3-4-5 measuring method. This is accomplished by measuring in the vertical direction three inches, then in the horizontal four inches. Now connect the two marks with a diagonal measurement. If it equals five, then the frame is square. If it’s not, some minor adjustments may be needed to make the frame square. Once the frame is square a piece of frosted glass or crushed ice plastic may be used to cover the florescent ballast.