What You Need to Know About Retrofitting Recessed Can Lights

What You Need to Know About Retrofitting Recessed Can Lights
May 28 2019

Recessed can lights are a stylish addition to any modern business. They’re elegant, clean, and the variety of designs they come in are suitable for anyone’s taste.

However, if you want to install retrofit recessed lighting, you have to be prepared. It’s always best to call professionals who can ensure a job well done, but if you’d prefer to do it yourself, some research beforehand is a must.

Have a look at what the benefits of this lighting solution are and get some installation tips that will make installation easier:

LED Recessed Lighting Retrofit – What is It?

In short, an LED recessed lighting retrofit is a simple relighting. It includes the renovation of the old lighting fixtures and light bulbs, and it serves to improve the quality of the lights, as well as reduce the amount of heat that escapes from the lights.

While relying on professionals to do the job comes with a higher price, it saves a lot of time, and you don’t have to worry about making costly mistakes while DIY-ing your way around it.

LED Retrofit Can Lights – The Benefits

energy efficiency of a can light

From decreasing your spending on electricity and maintenance to improving your lighting, and saving the planet, let’s have a look at the biggest advantages that LED retrofit can lights bring:

Decreasing Energy Costs

Switching just 5 of the commonly used lights in your home could save you upwards of $44 a year on your electrical bills. For large office buildings, this can easily add up to bigger savings.

Easier Maintenance

A typical LED light bulb will last about 13 years, sometimes even more, depending on the quality of the bulb. A typical incandescent light bulb has a lifespan of about 1,200 hours. For every single LED light, you’d need 21 incandescent lights. The monetary benefit is obvious.

Better Lighting

Headaches and sore eyes are common problems when the lighting in your office or home is inadequate.  Modern LED lights, on the other hand, emit crisper and more natural light that’s less likely to cause problems such as sore eyes and headaches.


The less energy used for lighting, the better it is for the planet, as fewer resources are wasted on the energy produced. Modern LED lights also don’t contain any harmful chemicals such as mercury, meaning that they’re much safer than the traditional lights.

Retrofit Can Lights – Installation Tips

If you’ve decided to try and install LED retrofit can lights yourself, you’ll need all the help you can get. This is not as easy of a task as it might seem. Making mistakes is common, and those mistakes often result in costly reparations – costlier than the price you’d pay for the installation done by the professionals.

So, be sure to do thorough research before attempting this yourself. Here are some basic tips for a proper LED recessed lighting retrofit installation:

Proper Preparation

It’s always best to measure twice and cut once. Plan ahead, decide exactly the light pattern you want and think ahead about what you’ll do if you encounter problems. Any dimmers, timers, or occupancy sensors must be appropriate for the lights, so make sure they are compatible.

Cutting the Holes

The most common problem encountered with LED recessed lighting is improperly cut holes. Too wide, and the lights will fall out, too tight and you risk damaging the ceiling trying to widen them. Make sure all your measurements are correct.

Often, our commercial customers will opt for a new LED can light fixture from Philips light to go program, which comes with an adjustable lumen output. While more money, they is a better long term option.

Retrofitting can lights will not only make your home or office look nice, but it will also bring you countless benefits, so don’t delay! Reach out to Verde for additional assistance!


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