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  • Recessed Lighting

    • What is the difference between a can light and a recessed light?

      “Can light” and “recessed light” often refer to the same type of lighting fixture that is installed in a hollow opening in a ceiling. Both terms are interchangeably used in many contexts, especially in North America.

    • Are LED lights good for recessed lighting?

      Yes, LED lights are good for recessed lights. They offer several advantages, including, energy efficiency, longevity, cooler operation, variety, and dimmability.

    • What is the lifespan of recessed lighting?
      The lifespan of recessed lighting varies by bulb type: incandescents last up to 2,000 hours, halogens 4,000, CFLs 15,000, and LEDs can exceed 50,000 hours. Proper installation and ventilation can enhance the longevity of the fixtures and bulbs.
  • Smoke Detectors

    • Can you install a smoke detector yourself?
      While many DIY enthusiasts attempt to install smoke detectors themselves, we recommend hiring professionals, especially for hard-wired smoke detectors, to ensure safety and proper functionality.
    • Do smoke detectors have to be hardwired?
      Not necessarily. While hard-wired smoke detectors are popular and often required in new constructions, there are battery-operated or wireless smoke detectors available that can be equally effective when installed and maintained properly.
    • Can smoke detectors go on a wall instead of a ceiling?
      Ideally, smoke detectors should be installed on the ceiling as smoke rises. However, if installation on a ceiling isn’t feasible, they can be placed high up on walls, typically no closer than 4 inches and no further than 12 inches from the ceiling.