How do you make a tray ceiling?

Tray Ceiling Plans

How To Make A Tray Ceiling With Lights

The most common type of ceiling in homes are vaulted ceilings. These types of ceilings have two or three tiers of rafters which support the roof above. Vaulted ceilings are often made out of wood, but they can also be made from concrete, stone, steel beams, metal mesh panels and even glass.

Vaulted ceilings are typically used in older houses because they provide good insulation, stability and aesthetic appeal. They’re also easy to install, since they don’t require any special tools or skills. However, vaulted ceilings aren’t always practical: You may not want your home’s ceiling to sway when it rains; you might need more light than a single floor level does; or you may prefer the look of a flat ceiling over one that rises up into the air.

There are several ways to make a ceiling with lights. One way is to use LED lighting fixtures mounted at the top of the ceiling. Another option is to mount them directly onto the wall behind them. Both options work well, but they both cost money and take time to install. If you’re looking for something quicker, then you could try installing light bulbs inside a small box like those sold at hardware stores (they usually come in packs of 10).

In these cases, there are other options. For example, you could use a ceiling fan instead of vaulted ceilings. A ceiling fan uses air pressure to move hot air through ductwork. Fans can work well if you have a space big enough for them to circulate air around the room efficiently without creating drafts or making noise. This way is inexpensive, but does require some time to construct.

Before continuing, you need to decide where the lights will shine from. If you want them to shine down in the middle of the ceiling, then make sure you put the lights up high enough so that no one can accidentally touch or break them. If you want a spotlight effect, then install lights on the walls.

Once you have decided where to mount your lights, you can start building your tray ceiling. Alternatively, you could simply go without lights in these rooms: Light isn’t needed in every room, nor is it necessary to provide light in all areas of a room. Instead, you could use lighting fixtures or wall sconces to provide illumination exactly where you need it and save money in the meantime. Utilize your resources wisely and don’t be afraid to try something new or different! each tray, making sure to coat the entire underside.

Press the tray onto the ceiling (or whatever material you’re using instead) and then secure it in place with screws. Try to evenly space the trays apart so that light can reach each tray from the light bulbs behind them.

Once all your trays are in place, you need to fix your light bulb sockets into each tray. You’ll need to decide where you want the lights to shine, then drill a hole into the tray and into the ceiling below it where you want the bulb to go. Make sure that the top of the bulb sits just above the top of the tray, otherwise it may not receive enough light to glow.

Finally, fix wires from each bulb socket down to an electrical outlet (or whatever you’re using to power your bulbs). This should complete your basic tray ceiling setup. If you wish to improve it, measure how far the light falls below the tray and adjust the height of your bulbs accordingly.

These tips should help you to achieve the perfect lighting for any room. Remember, though, that lighting should only be part of a larger home decoration plan. Achieving the right environment is as much about what you paint the walls as it is about what sort of lights you have in the ceiling.

The Right Lighting For Any Room, Any Time Of Day

Unless you have a roaring fire in your living room, artificial lighting is essential in every room. Without it, you’d be unable to perform simple tasks such as preparing food or reading a book. Of course, different rooms have different requirements when it comes to lighting. Some rooms need lights that are subtle and others need lights that emphasize a particular area. The living room might require a stronger light to read by while you might want to give your dining area a softer glow.

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The first thing you need to do is decide which areas of your home need lights (and how much light they need). Make a note of this, you’ll need it later.

Now you need to decide on the style of light you want in each room. Do you want bright white lights, dimmer bulbs or a more natural glow? Do you want the lights on motion sensors or timers, or do you want to turn them on and off yourself? Do you want wall lights, ceiling lights, reading lamps or hanging lamps? The choice is yours, so take some time to think about which style will look best in each room.

Next, measure the area of each room. Make a note of the area and get an idea of where you want the lights to go and how many you want in each room.

Buying Lights

Now that you know what type of lights you want and where you want them, it’s time to buy them. You have two options: buy ready-made lights or buy kits to make your own lights.

Ready-made Lights

The simplest solution, and usually the most expensive, is to buy ready-made lights. Head down to your local hardware store and buy the lights you want. Most big box retailers also sell a wide range of lighting options, although these are usually cheaper than a trip to the local hardware store.

Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lights are the most common type of lighting. You may also know them as recessed lights or cans, although nowadays they can be purchased in a wide range of colors and shapes. Ceiling lights are ideal in nearly every room of your home, from the bedroom to the bathroom. The only downside is that you can’t move them around too much, which can lead to shadows in unusual places or an annoying dark corner.


Ceiling lights come in a surprising variety of types, from the simple can lights to downlights and fluorescent tubes. There are also reflector lights that are angled to direct the light output and oblong lights that are wider than they are tall. Finally, there are even novelty lights such as icicle lights or tree lights.

No matter what type of lighting you choose, always make sure to measure the space in your ceiling where you want to place the light. Most lights come in two standard sizes: a 2-inch or 2 1/2-inch round hole.

Under Cabinet Lights

Sometimes you need lighting that is a little subtler than ceiling lights. Under cabinet lights are great for adding a little extra illumination to specific areas without making them the focal point of the room. These lights are perfect for the kitchen where you might want some extra light when preparing food, but you don’t want to light the entire room.

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Under cabinet lighting can be placed on the bottom or the top of your cupboards and are available in a wide range of styles, from bright white halogen lights to blue colored bulbs. They are fairly inexpensive, costing between $10 and $30 and can be easily installed by just about anyone.


Downlights are similar to under cabinet lights, but are designed to be installed in the ceiling instead of the cupboard. They are commonly used to light stairwells and hallways.

Track Lighting

Track lighting is a popular method of adding task lighting. It involves installing a rail on the ceiling, on which you can place lights at various lengths. You can buy a starter pack, which includes two rails and two halogen bulbs, for around $50. From there you can add extra lights, either incandescent or fluorescent, to create the perfect lighting for any room in your home.

Track lighting can be a great way to add extra lighting to your home. It’s especially great for hallways and staircases, where you may not want bright lights shining down on the floor of your home.

No matter what kind of lighting solution you want, there is sure to be a kit out there for you. Just remember, always make sure to buy lights that are rated for outdoor use and that fit your specific lighting needs.

Further reading on choosing lighting:

How to Choose the Right Lighting Type for Your Needs

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Choosing the right lighting is an important part of your home improvement project. Somehow, something as simple as lighting can make the world of difference in your home. The right lighting can brighten up a room and provide ample illumination for the activities you may be doing. On the other hand, poor lighting can make a room feel depressing or cause strain on your eyes.

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