Recessed Lighting: High Hat Installation Throughout House


Lighting design is actually fun. Installing HALO high hats is relatively easy.


First, we marked with a red magic marker where we wanted to install high hats. Given the layout of each room, we popped lines to establish distance from the top plate.


On Thanksgiving, and all weekend, John and I designed recessed lighting throughout the house. Dale, the electrician, also stopped by the day after Thanksgiving.

John and Dale went room to room marking where the home run from the 200amp service will run into each specific room (each room on the panel will have a separate circuit).

John has a 1000ft roll of 14/2 electrical wire on a spool/roller (which he made) sitting in the garage. He’ll pull the wire from the spool into each room. When the wire comes into the room, he’ll pull enough of it to hook up all high hats, switches and outlets.

For all bathrooms and the dining area, the wire will be 12/2 by code. Dining rooms require 12/2 due to the fact that many people have appliances in dining rooms (microwave, hot plate, toaster, etc).

Today, John and I are finishing up the high hat installation. The entire house will have 4″ HALO high hats; the only area with 6″ high hats is in the 20ft vaulted living room ceiling. The HALO hats purchased allow for insulation (IC-rated, for direct contact with insulation and Air-Tight).


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