There can be times when you want to make your room brighter by installing bigger-sized downlights, and in order to install the bigger-sized lights, you need to make the hole bigger.
Making the existing hole bigger for the downlight can be a little bit tricky, thus, we have compiled this complete blog post, in which we have provided you with all the steps required for enlarging the existing ceiling hole.
By following the below-provided step-by-step guide, you will be able to make the downlight hole bigger without any potential damage.
Tools Required for Making the Downlight Hole Bigger
- Eye Protection
- Hole Saw
Steps for Making the Downlight Hole Bigger
Step.1: Checkout the Size of the New Downlight
First of all, when you are getting a new bigger-sized downlight, you need to measure the size of the downlight. Measuring the size of the downlight is super-important, as you need to measure the size of the downlight to make a hole for it.
After you have successfully measured the size of the downlight, it’s time to get the perfect size hole saw for the downlight.
Step.2: Locate the Joists/Check for Cables
In the second step, you need to check out, whether enlarging the hole would cause any potential damage to the joists or the power cables or not. One of the most popular methods is to use the stud finder.
If there is any joist or cable, you need to take care of those first before moving forward.
Step.3: Turn Off the Power and Wear Your Safety
Now, you need to turn off the power for the particular room, as if you try to cut the hole when the power is on, it can be a serious safety hazard.
After you have turned off the power, you need to wear your safety gear, which includes gloves, goggles, and a mask.
Step.4: Cut the Hole
Most importantly, now, you need to cut the hole bigger by using the hole saw put on the drill. You need to be extremely careful while cutting the hole if the hole is cut wrong, you can have a damaged ceiling.
When you have finally cut the hole, it’s time to move on to the final step.
Step.5: Fix the Downlight Into the Fixture
In the final step, you need to put the downlight fixture into the hole, plug the wires, connect it to the socket, and then ultimately put the downlight into the hole that you made for the downlight, and you are good to go.
How to Enlarge a Ceiling Light Hole
Enlarging the ceiling light hole involves several steps, which you need to fully follow in order to make the ceiling hole for the downlight bigger.
Below, we have provided you with a complete list of these steps.
- Measure the Size of the New Downlight
- Get the Right Hole Saw Size
- Turn Off the Power
- Wear Your Gear
- Cut the Hole
- Fix the Downlight
Above, we have thoroughly elaborated all the steps that you need to follow in order to enlarge the ceiling light holes.
How to Make a Ceiling Hole Bigger Without the Drill
Although, I do not recommend using tools other than a drill to make the ceiling hole bigger, still, if the drill is not available to you, you can use tools like a hand file, mandrel, and jab saw to make it bigger.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is It Possible to Make the Hole Bigger for the Downlight?
Yes, it is possible to make the hole bigger for the downlight fixture. We have done it numerous times, and know that it works.
Can We Make the Hole Bigger for the Downlight Without Damaging the Ceiling?
Yes, you can make the hole bigger for the downlight without damaging the ceiling. However, you need to be careful while making the hole bigger, as if you show carelessness while making the hole bigger, you can potentially damage the ceiling.
Which Tool is Used for Making the Hole Bigger for Downlight?
You need to use the right-sized hole saw combined with the drill to make the hole bigger for the downlight. Using the hole saw with the drill is the best combination that you have got.
Installing a bigger size downlight requires you to have a bigger hole as compared to the existing one.
Making the downlight hole bigger is more difficult as compared to making a new hole for the downlight.
In this guide, we have provided you with complete steps that you need to have to make the downlight hole bigger.