Installing NovaLyte LED Recessed Can Lights

by brae  

Someone recently contacted me with questions about installing the NovaLyte recessed can lights, so I figured while I was replying I would post a blog entry on it in case anyone else was interested in how I installed them.

Here's the LED without the finishing ring (that's popped in place after you install the lights).  According to the NovaLyte website, these measure 5/16" L x 5/16" W with a required clearance hole of 21/64".

Here's the LED with the 21/64" Dewalt drill bit I used to make the clearance holes.

The walls and floors of the Newport are 3/8" thick, so there was plenty of room for them to fit inside the drilled holes without having to build up the floor board.  With thinner materials, you'll need to pad either the ceiling these are lighting or the floor above to hide the excess.  These are cohesive units and therefore can't be cut down.

Here's the light in place in the floor board.  The can light illuminates the room below this floor.  I found that feeding the wire up through the hole and pressing it in place gives a nice flush finish with the ceiling.

I've cut channels for my wires since I've hard-wired the Newport.  If you're working with tape wire, you'll need to figure out how to best attach them.  I know absolutely nothing about tape wire.  :]

Using the 21/64" drill bit gives the light a nice snug fit.  The dress ring is then popped onto the light to finish it.

Here's the finished look in the living room.

13 comments

Comment from: Ewa [Visitor]
Thank you so much for this tut! I will have to use it soon:D All the best
01/27/11 @ 00:31
Comment from: Lara [Visitor]
Your livingroom looks so real! I love the fresh look of this room.
01/27/11 @ 01:05
Comment from: tabitha corsica [Visitor]
Thank you! I have been looking at these lights and wondering how they were used. What is the quality of the light? What I mean is, most of the LEDs I seen in use have been very "cool". I used some recently that were called "warm white" and they were closer to incandescent but not perfect. I don't mind a clear white light but I don't like that eerie bluish glow that LEDs tend to have.
01/27/11 @ 04:41
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Wow! These lights are amazing! Love the way the light looks in your living room. Thank you so much for sharing how you installed it. I'm hoping to have lights in my next dollhouse. I LOVE how you've decorated this room! The rug and chair are gorgeous!!!
01/27/11 @ 04:53
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you all so much! The NovaLytes come in bright white and warm white. Bright white is more like daylight, say if you were going to do a room box and wanted outdoor light coming in through the window...or perhaps store lighting. The warm white are what I use in the Newport since it's soft but vibrant light. I think the warm white looks very realistic in the mini setting.
01/27/11 @ 07:43
Comment from: Ravenswing [Visitor]
Brae, thanks again for answering my question, once again you come through in a pinch and save the day! Seeing the lights up against a ruler was a huge help, I think I will be able to use the cans if I add just a little height to the floor, which would have happened anyway with the addition of wood flooring, so I won't even have to do anything extra! Thanks again, ~Wing~
01/27/11 @ 09:48
Comment from: Andrea Thieck [Visitor]
It looks GREAT! Andrea
01/27/11 @ 13:05
Comment from: Ann [Visitor]
holy moly, the finished light in picture looks fab! I am really going to have to look into Novalyte when I start doing the electrical stuff (whenever that will be!) Thanks for the inspiration!
01/28/11 @ 22:01
Comment from: Modern MC [Visitor]
I look at your blog often and wish so much that I had the miniature DIY skills. Such beautiful work. Sigh.
02/24/11 @ 16:07
Comment from: brae [Member]
Aw, thanks so much, everyone! :D
03/27/11 @ 01:15
Comment from: kathy [Visitor]
Wow! I am so happy I found this! I was wondering how to do this. Thanks so much! By the way, other than the Dremel Trio, are there any other tools you can use to make the wiring channels? Thanks!
02/04/13 @ 12:25
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, Kathy! :D You can use a regular Dremel or similar rotary tool. I have also cut my channels by hand with a utility blade and a metal ruler.
02/04/13 @ 12:41
Comment from: kathy [Visitor]
Thanks so much!
02/05/13 @ 13:27


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