Choosing Recessed Lighting and Finishing a Ceiling
Part 5: Kitchen Remodel and Structural Wall Removal
Hey y’all! Welcome, welcome!
So, now that the new ceiling line was created, it was time for the all important part of lighting 🙂 I wanted our kitchen to have both functional task lighting as well as a warm natural mood lighting. Personally I like a lot of light options. This is why we have a lot of lamps and lights in general. Lighting can give a space a completely different look and where the kitchen was once dark and small I wanted it to feel bright and spacious.
This was our first venture into the world of recessed lighting and it is one that I found to be overwhelming with options at first glance. So after my first trip to check out what Lowe’s had I back tracked, went home and researched. Here’s what I learned. There’s three components to recessed lighting: the housing, the trim, and the bulbs themselves. There are many choices within each of these components as well.
When deciding on the right recessed housing you’ll have to either pick from either new construction or remodel. The difference is how they’re installed. The new construction ones sit between and is attached to the ceiling studs prior to drywall installation hence they’re called ‘new construction’. The remodel version can be installed by cutting a hole in the already existing ceiling drywall. For our space we went with 3 new construction on the side of the beam where we had created a new ceiling and 2 of the others on the side where there was already an existing ceiling. Another factor to consider is your insulation. Our insulation would be in contact with all of our lighting houses. This will be indicated as IC (in contact) on the packaging. The housing you choose will determine what type of light bulb you’ll be able to use.
Below are pictures of the actual housings we purchased and can be found on the Lowe’s website here for the new construction and remodel ones here. The housing will be marked with what bulbs are compatible as I show in a picture below as well.
There’s a variety of styles and functions of your recessed lighting trim as well. The trim style determines how that light will be distributed. This decision can be based on the room, space or space function, as well as personal preference. We choose a white baffle style trim which can be found here and looks like the pictures below 🙂
And finally you’ll have to choose what type of light bulbs you want. Again much of this decision is based on such personal preferences as: type of bulb, wattage, type of light ‘color’, what room or space it’s going in, cost, and so on. After much deliberation we decided 65w soft white LED lights that you can find here and look like the pictures below. We also chose these because we wanted our lights to be dimmable.
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After all the research and decisions were made we installed them. Ed did all the wiring and installation himself but be sure to check the code where you live before attempting this on your own! You can see the new construction ones were attached between our new ceiling studs. *And here’s a very helpful tip if you’re installing any remodel recessed lights we learned that taping a plastic bag below where the hole will be before cutting will save ya a big mess! 😉
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After all the light housings were installed we put the insulation back up. It was SO nice to have real lights again!
Drywall for the Win!
After all the insulation was back up we were ready to drywall. We used 4×8 sheets that were 1/2 inch thick. Lucky for us our friend Billy let us borrow his drywall jack (thanks Bill!) which made the job 100x easier! If you don’t have one or know someone who does I would recommend renting one from your local hardware store.
The recessed lights and drywall installation were definitely ALL Ed, and I think he did a pretty terrific job as usual 😉 The impact of the drywall being up was huge! It was a turning point in the remodel where the room really started to take shape and look like a kitchen again! Thanks for reading and remember if you ever have questions about anything we’d love to answer them!
Can’t wait to show ya more!