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Old 05-03-2016, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default Removing unwanted recessed lights.

My first post. I have no issues on hiring a qualified electrician for some work, but I would like to know the correct way of doing things.
Our home of three years has 34 recessed lights in the basement (drywall ceiling) the previous owner installed spread over three large rooms including a bedroom, play area and living area. I want to eliminate 5 that reside in the living area inside a bulkhead as they are unnecessary. The same room has 10 other lights in addition to the 5 I want to remove. These 5 are all on the same switch. Another switch operates the remaining 10 lights. However, all lights, 15, are controlled by the same breaker.
The recessed lights (circa 1990) are 5 inch housings with old style flood lights.
What is the best way to remove the 5 unwanted lights?
Can I first remove the switch, and attach grommets to the live wires and close that off for good? I can remove the 5 floods, baffles and then drywall over the holes. But does the live wire remaining in the ceiling pose any issues?
My goal is that once all 5 lights are removed, the remaining lights will be retrofitted with new LEDs.
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Old 05-03-2016, 04:38 PM   #2
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best way is take the bulbs out and leave the fixtures.

second best way is to hire an electrician to remove them, he'll tell you what's up.
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I think a drywaller is the one to talk to. Or like wildleg said just remove the bulbs.
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I think a drywaller is the one to talk to. Or like wildleg said just remove the bulbs.
I know what you're sayin, but seems like someone really needs to look at it to see where he will get all those nice looking ceiling jboxes, or if they can be avoided, prior to (?) Either way, great DIY project. shame it's not on a DIY forum or something like that.
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