Home Renovation Tip – Ceiling Pot Lights & Time

Part of our home renovation was to modernize the 20 year old house. While we did not plan for it, since it was a bungalow, our contractor suggested we put ceiling pot lights in a few of the rooms, starting with the kitchen and eating area. Then said our contractor, since his crew would already be up in the attic, why not put them in the family room as well……….and the 2 bedrooms on the main fllor……..and the closet and ensuite for the master bedroom.

Yes, they look nice………but not IMO sufficiently nice to add at least an additional 10 days to the renovation project.

Be careful of these ‘suggestions’ by the contractor. They may be all well and good, but if you do not have a fixed price contract, what does the contractor care if they add to the cost of the project and the time to completion? They don’t. Really think carefully about stuff you add on once the project begins.

On the good side, they do look nice, especially with the dimmer switches. We couldn’t find energy saving bulbs that would work nicely with dimmer switches for our pot lights, so the dimmers will have to do as far as energy saving.

Also remember to include the added cost and time onf install ing the cap on top of the pot light casing to prevent head buildup which could lead to nasty fire consequences

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