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How difficult/expensive is it to install pot lighting?

It is very difficult if you aren't a licensed electrician and potentially life-threatening. (About 15 years ago, I attempted some electrical work in my first house and melted a metal screw driver. Know your limits.)

For an electrician, though, installing a pot light is a piece of cake. And there are so many models and designs to choose from. The latest pot lights don't have trims, appear to be one with the drywall and cost approximately $500 each. On the other end of the scale, you can put pot lights in an existing ceiling - these are called retrofits - for about $80 each. In between are many choices of trims, sizes, shapes, rotations and colorations. Remember that pot lights are down lights and can be harsh, so it's best to invest in a dimmer.

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Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is the president of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. in Toronto. Have a design question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com .

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