I happen to be in the middle of a bathroom remodel project. I guess I shouldn’t really call it a “remodel.” While the bathroom certainly is getting remodeled, this project isn’t something I actually wanted to get into and to be honest, it’s taken me just about five years to get around to finishing it. But now that I’m an at it, I’m rocking and rolling.
Please allow me to start at the beginning. Approximately five years ago, we experienced a particularly cold winter. Many pipes in our house froze and burst open. Since then, everything has been repaired and made so that will never happen again. One of the primary culprits for all the freezing was the lack of adequate insulation in the downstairs bathroom. Because of this, I went into that bathroom with a hammer one day and tore it apart. And when I mean “tear it apart,” I mean tear it apart. I tore all the walls down and tore the bathtub out. I was on a tear. If you’d like to read about this experience in full, please take a look at this post. Now, since I’ve already told this story about 50 times on this blog, I’ll move onto more exciting adventures.
While in high school, I took two years of Construction Electricity at a local trade school as a way of getting out of Social Studies and English classes. Now that I think about it, I can’t decide weather or not the route I took was the better one. Anyway, during those two yeas, I learned a lot. I learned all about how to wire houses and how to install and replace light switches and outlets (called receptacles). I also learned about much of the parts and equipment that was used in the construction of a home. One of those parts was called a “high hat light.” These are the types of lights many of you have in your kitchens, living rooms, basements and hallways. They’re all over Center Hall Colonials and new houses. I should know, I used to live in a Center Hall Colonial and we had dozens of these types of lights.
If you aren’t familiar with this type of lighting setup, it basically looks like a canister that’s pushed into a ceiling. There’s a light bulb at the center of the canister. The problem with high hats is that they take up a lot of room and the bulbs that go inside of them usually are of the higher wattage type, so there’s some serious electricity use going on when they’re in use.
I’m at the point of my bathroom remodel where I’ve just finished hanging the drywall and now I’m applying joint compound to all the seams. I love this part. I love the application more than the sanding though. I think you all can agree with that sentiment if you’ve ever gotten yourself into this sort of project. Anyway, I’m also at the point of installing the light fixtures I want to see in this bathroom, which brings me to the point of this post. I just had to stop working, take some picture and show off the coolest recessed lighting fixtures I’ve ever seen. These babies are pretty bad. Take a look.
This is what you call a low profile recessed LED light. I couldn’t believe it when I found it and I’m so glad I did. They’re even dimmable, although, I’m not going to install a dimmer switch.
The brand name is Lithonia Lighting and each of these lights costs about $15. I found them on Amazon. I was just looking around at different recessed lighting options when I bumped into these things. I love the idea of these because you need virtually no room to install them. If you have drywall with a wire behind it, you can install these lights in about two minutes. No more high hats that you have to see naked beams to install. These lights don’t require any joists for installation at all. Do you see those two spring clips at the sides of the light in the photo above? Those two clips simply hold onto the backside of the drywall. And that’s it!
Let me show you two more views of this light. This is the back and the front, or the top and the bottom. Whatever.
The company, Lithonia Lighting, offers these lights in four or five different color temperatures and best of all, each light only consumes 13 watts of electricity. This is when I want to sing the “Technology” song from Napoleon Dynamite.
Please allow me to show you how I installed these two lights in the downstairs bathroom.
First, I used my handy dandy six-inch hole saw that I purchased when I ordered the lighting fixtures. I couldn’t have made this install as cleanly and as easily as I did without this saw. I think this was around $15 as well. Check it out.
After making sure there was nothing behind the area where I wanted the lights to go and after measuring and marking the ceiling, I drilled two holes in the drywall. Here’s one of them.
By the way, drilling this hole took all of ten seconds. Also, the hole saw attachment fit right into my Dewalt cordless drill.
I pulled the wire that I had previously run from behind that drywall and connected it to the electrical box that came with the light. The light uses easy push connections.
When I was finished with making the connections, I plugged the light in to the box I just showed you. It’s sort of like hooking up a stereo. Sort of strange. Then, I slid the LED light into the ceiling hole. I didn’t seat it completely, because I still have to paint. Actually, I did with one of them to make sure the fit was good, but I reversed that after I was sure things were okay.
Check out how low profile this light is. It doesn’t even matter if I did have a joist behind the drywall. It wouldn’t affect the fit at all.
This is just about the worst picture ever, but at least it shows you the light as it’s illuminated. These are nice and bright and having two of them, plus a four bulb light strip is pretty much everyone’s dream as far as bathrooms go.
To finish the install, I simply have to push the light in the hole and the clips will hold it in place. I love these things.
Well, there you have it. My lighting installation experience. Have you ever seen these things before? Do you have any experience with them? Please share if you have or do! Thanks for reading!