A simple recessed light trim change-out
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Photo 1: Remove the old trim and base
Remove the metal base from the
housing, then pinch the spring
clamps that hold the ceramic light
socket in place.
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Photo 2: Install the new trim
Slide the spring-loaded metal arms
up into the slots in the housing, then
push the trim up against the ceiling and
put the lightbulb in.
Dissatisfied with the look of your
recessed lights? You can change
them in a few minutes just by
changing the trim.
Remove the existing trim and bulb and
look up inside the metal housing for a
sticker with the brand name, the model
number and compatible trim styles. If you
can't find the information, or the brand
isn't available, take the old trim to a lighting
store and look for matches. Most
manufacturers have several different types
and sizes of housing that will accept a
variety of trim styles.
Changing old, yellowed trim for new
trim is simple—just pull out the old trim
and attach the new trim in the same
hooks. You can also replace standard trim
with an eyeball-style trim that can
be aimed in different directions, but it
takes an extra step.
First, turn off the switch and circuit
breaker and remove the bulb. Unscrew the
wing nut that holds the base of the light in
place and remove the socket (Photo 1).
Then snap the socket into the top of the
eyeball shroud and push the eyeball trim
up into the can (Photo 2). Be sure to use
the type of bulb recommended on the
label in the housing.