Updating recessed lights

31 Mar

When we recently wrote about Our Love/Hate Relationship With Our Older Home, one of the things that came up in the comments section (thanks to commenters Karen and DC from Young Adult Money) was dealing with one of the unfortunate side effects of buying an older home.

In particular, figuring out what to do with the ugly fluorescent lighting.

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Options include a rice paper lantern, artichoke-shaped shade, dome or regular shade in brushed aluminum or frosted glass.It’ll make a great accent light, then you put whatever you want in the center.”Mr. But giving them a good scrub with a healthy portion of bleach and swapping out the hinges and handles (~ for all of them in the entire kitchen) gives it a much lighter and more modern feel than the old dark dirty hinges.Po P and I weren’t 100% sure that K&D’s vision would really be as easy to execute as they made it sound, but since we didn’t have a better plan at the time, we decided to give it a shot. Seriously, you don’t want to know how gross and sticky some of those hinges were. I don’t even know how many hours of hard labor K saved me with her suggestion. Po P got the hang of the angle cuts for the corners of the crown moulding, the whole thing came together pretty well. At today’s prices, I think it’d be about - in crown moulding, and another - for the rope lights. Easily less than 0 for the whole lighting project.Depending on the style of the fixtures, these boxes can be attached to the top of the ceiling or to the lighting cans.Untwist and remove the plastic connector caps that cover the wires from the lights to the wires from the house circuit. Test the circuit again by placing the probes of a voltage tester against the bare wires.