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Let’s all face it, we have at least one light in our home that is not pretty and does not work very well. If you don’t maybe I can convince you otherwise… This story starts with a girl who has a hard time focusing on one project at a time, aka: me! We were looking into the option of changing our kitchen ceiling lights plus adding some more. We wanted to install some new recessed lights into this room to bring in more light. And in the process of researching our options, I came across a recessed light that fits into a regular old jbox (junction box).
If you are not sure what a jbox is, it’s the box that almost every light is hung from, please note I said “almost”. OK so this is the part that I said NO WAY!! And because I wanted to try the light out I went out and bought one. The one I purchased was the Commercial Electric recessed light (6 in), found at the Home Depot for about $30. This is an LED light in 2700K soft white, on the yellow side of the light scale. I had no idea about different light scales until now. I plan on doing a post to share what I have learned.
The light found a home in our hallway. Things to note about this light.
- It will not be flush with the ceiling, it sticks out about an inch.
- The jbox needs to have just the wires for the light or maybe one other connection in the box. If there are more wires in the box there will not be room for the light because the light needs about 1 1/2″ of space inside the light box. I tried to install the light first into our bathroom only to find that there was way to many wire in the jbox that the light would not fit.
- Know the size of your jbox. I purchased the 6″ light (comes in 4 in also) but the 6″ light did not fit my jbox like the directions said it would. I was still able to use the 6″ but the install was a little more difficult than if I would have purchased the smaller light. But it did work!
Now how about a before and after of the hallway, let’s see the difference!
Did you notice that the old flush mount light put more light onto the ceiling and wall? But that the recessed jbox light put more light to the walls and floor. Both Eric and I were pretty impressed with the new light (love the LED a lot), we decided to try another LED flush mount light in the bathroom because remember we don’t have room in our jbox for the recessed style.
The install of this light was very easy, I found it to be easier than a standard light. Here is the before and after of the bathroom.
What do you think of this light? I really like the style of this light better than the old flush mount light, plus the light reminds me of a recessed light by the way the light is dispersed.
Well have I convinced you to change out any of your old flush mount lights to one of these options? I know that we are liking these new lights a lot better than the old ones.
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