How to Repair Sagging Recessed Light Trim

Recessed lights can transform any room into a show-stopper. But, over time, the decorative trim on recessed light fixtures can start to sag, turning a once spectacular looking fixture into an ugly mess. To make matters worse, once the trim begins to sag, the area of cut drywall is not only exposed, but drywall dust can actually start falling from the ceiling onto whatever is located beneath the light. Knowing how to repair sagging recessed light trim will keep your fixtures, and everything below them, looking neat and clean.

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Step 1

Turn off the circuit breaker that powers the recessed light with the sagging trim. This is an important step because you will be working near the socket; turning the breaker off will prevent an accident if your tools inadvertently slip and touch the interior of the socket.

Step 2

Allow the bulb to cool. Then remove it.

Step 3

Look at the springs that are securing the recessed light trim to the fixture body. The one nearest the sagging area is probably stretched out to the point that it is no longer holding the trim tight against the ceiling.

Step 4

Use the needle-nose pliers or the screwdriver to release the springs so you can remove the trim.

Step 5

Replace the worn out springs with newer ones purchased from your local hardware store.

Step 6

Re-install the recessed light trim by hooking the springs into their designated spots. The trim should now sit tight against the ceiling.

Step 7

Install the light bulb and turn the circuit breaker back on.