DIY Guide: Changing Inset Ceiling Lights

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Are you tired of your old, outdated ceiling lights? Or maybe they’re not working as well as they used to? With a few simple tools and some know-how, you can upgrade your lighting to modern LED Ceiling Lights yourself! In this DIY guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of changing inset ceiling lights.

Choosing the Right LED Ceiling Lights

Before diving into the installation process, it’s important to select the right type of LED inbouwspot for your space. Consider factors like:

  • Wattage: The wattage indicates how much power is needed to run the light. Choose an appropriate wattage based on the size and purpose of your room.
  • Color temperature: Different color temperatures can create varying moods and aesthetics within a space. Warm white (2700K-3000K) creates a cozy atmosphere, while cool white (4000K+) provides brighter lighting ideal for task-oriented spaces.
  • Lumen output: This measures how bright the light will be. A higher lumen output equals brighter illumination.
  • Dimmability: Make sure to choose dimmable LEDs if you want to control the brightness level with a compatible dimmer switch.
  • Beam angle: This determines how wide or narrow the light spreads across your ceiling.

Once you’ve determined which features are necessary for your desired lighting setup, browse our selection of high-quality LED Ceiling Lights on Rodec Lighting that meet those criteria.

Gather Your Tools

Now that you have selected your LED Ceiling Lights let’s gather all essential tools:

  1. Screwdriver set
  2. Wire strippers
  3. Voltage detector
  4. Cable ties (optional)
  5. Drill with hole saw cutter bit
  6. Stepladder

Make sure that these tools are readily available before starting the installation process.

Preparing the Area

Before installing new lights, prepare the area by following these steps:

  1. Turn off the power supply to your current ceiling light at the main circuit breaker. Use a voltage detector to confirm that there is no electricity running through it.
  2. Remove any existing fixtures or covers from old lighting and set them aside.
  3. Clean the area around the light fixture ensuring all debris is cleared before proceeding with your installation.

Installing New LED Ceiling Lights

Now we are ready for removing old and installing new LED Ceiling Lights:

  1. Position your stepladder under where you will be working
  2. Using a screwdriver remove any screws holding up the fixture
  3. Detach wires from old fixture using wire strippers, taking care not to let loose wires touch one another which might result in short circuiting
  4. Hold onto old wiring with cable ties if needed
  5. Align hole saw cutter bit over target location on ceiling
  6. Drill into ceiling creating a perfect circle big enough for led inbouwspot
    7.Insert LED inbouwspot into newly drilled hole ensuring proper alignment
    8.Attach electrical connectors as required by the manufacturer
    9.Attach cover/trim of led inbouwspo tby snapping it into place

Repeat this process for each additional light you install.

Final Checks

Once you have installed all desired LED Ceiling Lights follow these final checks:

1.Turn on power supply and switch on lights
2.Confirm that all installed lights turn on properly without flickering or sparking
3.Ensure each individual lamp aligns correctly providing seamless illumination coverage across your space

Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed inset ceiling lights!


Changing inset ceiling lights can seem daunting, but with some careful planning and execution, it can be an easy DIY project that gives your space an instant upgrade. By selecting the right LED Ceiling Lights, gathering the necessary tools, and following our installation steps, you can create a brighter, more energy-efficient space with modern lighting that suits any occasion.

Don’t have time to DIY? No worries! The team at Rodec Lighting is always ready to assist you in choosing the best LED inbouwspot for your space and can even provide installation services. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services!


How do I know what size of LED inbouwspot to buy?

The size of the LED inbouwspot will depend on the diameter of the existing cut-out hole in your ceiling. Measure the diameter of the hole and select an LED inbouwspot with a compatible size. A general rule of thumb is to choose an inbouwspot that’s slightly larger than the existing opening but not so big that it doesn’t fit without requiring additional modifications.

What tools do I need to replace an inset ceiling light?

You’ll likely need a few basic tools such as a screwdriver, pliers, wire strippers or scissors, possibly a drill (if new holes are needed), and silicone sealant (to close gaps around the edges). Ensure you turn off power from your main switchboard before starting work.

Can I change my old halogen recessed light fixtures to LEDs myself?

Yes, it’s possible to retrofit older recessed lighting systems originally intended for halogen bulbs with compatible LED equivalents yourself. You only need to ensure they’re rated for use within enclosed spaces such as ceilings and have suitable compatibility i.e., dimmable or non-dimmable type according to your requirements). Swapping out incandescent bulbs is relatively easy if you follow manufacturer instructions when doing it yourself. However, if you have any doubts about installation methods or electrical safety issues, we strongly recommend consulting qualified electricians for guidance before attempting DIY upgrades.