OK…If your wondering what lighting should be installed in your new finished basement spaces look no more! The # 1 BEST option for lighting the majority of your finished basement is the 6″ recessed light fixture.
I have installed…let me see…over 500 basements worth of these these lights, and each basement had approximately 25 6″ recessed lights…so that’s like 12,500 recessed lights give or take a couple hundred! Holy cow! man that’s a lot of candle power! But it’s “what’s for supper” when it comes to lighting the your basement!
So not only did I install all these lights, I had to buy them all first. And I’ve gotten pretty good at getting awesome deals on price!
I used to buy these lights individually.But now I buy the Contractor Packs that include 6 recessed 6″ lights complete with the light housings with mounting frames and the trim rings with the baffle inserts. Everything you need for 6 complete recessed light fixtures
Let’s break one of these 6″ recessed light projects down for you. OK…the first phase of the installing the recessed light in mounting the canister using the adjustable mounting brackets.
Simply stick the light fixture up inside between your floor joists where you want the light to be located and attach the mounting brackets to the sides of your floor joist. Everything is pre-assembled just like in the picture.
You don’t even need nails…just use your hammer and tap the mounting brackets into the joist wood…done!
Your light is now mounted and ready to be wired. Mounting and wiring the light canister is done before the drywall ceiling is hung.
After the drywall is hung, you will then insert your trim ring w/ baffle right up and into the light housing and attach with two mounting springs…this take literally 20 second to do. And then your 100% done with the recessed light! Ta Da!
So… here’s the “deal of the century” you will find on these lights at Home Depot. Go to the electric lighting isle where you find all of the recessed lighting.
Look for the “Commercial Electric” brand of recessed lights. Locate the (6-Pack) contractor pack that has six 6″ recessed lights complete with housings and trim rings.
Get all 6 for only $65.00! That’s only $10.00 a fixture and that’s a DEAL! I use an average of 24 lights per basement project so I would need 4 contractor cases of these lights at a cost of only $260.00 for all of my recessed lighting.
Try buying these lights separate (separate trim rings, separate housings, etc) and you will pay north of $500.00 for these fixtures! Also…remember I said Commercial Electric recessed recessed lights. There are other manufacturers of these lights that are MUCH MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE and are no better in quality! CLICK TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT RECESSED LIGHTS I’M USING!
I also use standard 65 watt interior spot bulbs inside my recessed lights. The bulbs can also be purchased in “contractor boxes” of 12 bulbs per box. Buy the Phillips 65 Watt BR30 Flood bulbs in the 12-pack for only $26.00 per case, that’s only $2.16 a bulb. Compare this to buying these individually at $3.40 per bulb. that’s a savings of $30.00!
As far as your wiring of the recessed lighting goes, you will be using 14/2 NM-B standard wire, I buy the 250 ft rolls and I usually use two rolls to wire most basement lighting circuits.
The instructions on how to wire your basement recessed lights from the light fixture to the switches and then all the way to the panel box is part of the Electric Part 1 and Electric Part 2 training inside the members area.
Wiring these light fixtures is very simple and definitely a project that the average diy’er can do themselves!
Here’s two videos that explain few of the mechanical aspects of installing recessed lights.
Just a side note…I don’t recommend “tapping into existing basement wiring to supply power to your new basement lighting! NEVER DO THIS! This existing wire is most likely not going to work for the basement because it’s most likely “feeding” electricity to areas on the 1st floor of the house.
I teach you to install new wiring from the panel box to the new light fixtures in all of your new finished basement spaces. Not only is this the more professional way to wire your lights, but it’s so easier to do!
Rule # 1
When wiring your recessed lights or any other device…NEVER WIRE ANY LIGHT FIXTURE WITH “LIVE WIRES”! ALWAYS TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY TO ANY WIRE THAT IS CONNECTED INSIDE THE PANEL BOX BEFORE WORKING ON IT! ONCE TURNED OFF, THERE IS ZERO CHANCE OF GETTING SHOCKED! MAKE SURE TO USE YOU VOLTAGE TESTER AND MAKE 100% SURE THE POWER TO ANY WIRE YOUR NOT SURE OF IS TURNED OFF…PERIOD.
I say this not to scare you, because wiring your basement is extremely safe. I always tell my students “don’t be be afraid of electricity, just respect it.” And if there is no electricity inside whatever wire your working on, it’s impossible to get shocked. When working with electric just take your time, work smart and you’ll be famous!
OK…that’s about it for recessed lights. I hope I have given you a decent heads-up on the subject. Remember to go for the Commercial Electric contractor pack recessed lights and the contractor pack 65 Watt bulbs and you’ll save at least $250.00 on this lighting project!
Good luck with your recessed lighting projects! I’m always here to answer electric questions. Just leave me feedback or ask questions in the comment box below and I will get back to you the same day.