Dear Mr. Electrician: I would like to replace the existing fluorescent light fixture in my condominium kitchen. How difficult is it to install recessed lighting in a condominium and will it make a difference in appearance?
Answer: The most challenging aspect of installing retrofitted recessed lights is the measuring and laying out of the location for each light. With a finished ceiling there is no simple way of knowing what obstacles might be in the way of your light installation. Therefore you must probe the ceiling ahead of time to see if there are any utilities where a light was planned. Something to be mindful of is the fire rating of the ceiling if there is another condominium above yours. Remodeling type recessed lights are usually not fire rated. An alternative would be to install surface mounted LED disks on the ceiling which have a similar appearance to recessed, but mount directly onto a standard round electrical box. Below are some photos of a recessed lighting installation in a condominium kitchen.