Plasterboard ceiling with backlight

 Any modern housing should be equipped with high-quality lighting, because it greatly affects human health, especially vision, as well as the decor of the room. Skillfully combining various lighting devices, you can create an individual interior, hide flaws and emphasize the advantages of a bedroom, hall or kitchen. Combinations of various lamps will look very impressive on multi-level plasterboard ceilings, creating a unique design solution. How to make a plasterboard ceiling with lighting?

What is this article about

Ceiling surface preparation and material selection

Plasterboard ceiling with backlight

Before starting installation work, it will be necessary to decide on the type and number of lighting devices, as well as on the scheme for their installation. The answer to the first question will come from the interior and design of the room, and the second involves a choice of two proposed options:

  • creating a voltage of 220 V directly from the network (a convenient option, but can cause a short circuit if an insulation malfunction occurs);
  • installation of a special transformer that will lower the voltage to 12 V (this is a safer option, but it involves a little more time and money).

To create a plasterboard ceiling with lighting, you need to purchase the following materials and tools:

  • suitable lighting fixtures;
  • special insulating wires (section not less than 0.75 mm);
  • knife for stripping insulation;
  • plastic boxes, as well as transformers or terminal blocks;
  • construction tape;
  • switches;
  • screwdriver and wire cutters;
  • a probe designed to determine the phase.

Upper level mounting

GKL is a material that has good strength, but not enough to withstand several tiers, therefore, the backlit tier will be fastened through drywall to the upper level guide profile. This is very important, so you need to make sure that it is located where the guide will pass, which will form the illuminated box itself.

Any modern housing should be equipped with high-quality lighting, because it greatly affects human health, especially vision, as well as the decor of the room. Skillfully combining various lighting devices, you can create an individual interior, hide flaws and emphasize the advantages of a bedroom, hall or kitchen. Combinations of various lamps will look very impressive on multi-level plasterboard ceilings, creating a unique design solution. How to make a plasterboard ceiling with lighting?

What is this article about

Ceiling surface preparation and material selection

Plasterboard ceiling with backlight

Before starting installation work, it will be necessary to decide on the type and number of lighting devices, as well as on the scheme for their installation. The answer to the first question will come from the interior and design of the room, and the second involves a choice of two proposed options:

  • creating a voltage of 220 V directly from the network (a convenient option, but can cause a short circuit if an insulation malfunction occurs);
  • installation of a special transformer that will lower the voltage to 12 V (this is a safer option, but it involves a little more time and money).

To create a plasterboard ceiling with lighting, you need to purchase the following materials and tools:

  • suitable lighting fixtures;
  • special insulating wires (section not less than 0.75 mm);
  • knife for stripping insulation;
  • plastic boxes, as well as transformers or terminal blocks;
  • construction tape;
  • switches;
  • screwdriver and wire cutters;
  • a probe designed to determine the phase.

Upper level mounting

GKL is a material that has good strength, but not enough to withstand several tiers, therefore, the backlit tier will be fastened through drywall to the upper level guide profile. This is very important, so you need to make sure that it is located where the guide will pass, which will form the illuminated box itself.

In order to attach two guides arranged in parallel, which are located across the profile profiles of the structure, it is necessary to work with a step of 400 mm. Further, for a beginner, there may be a problem with fastening the guide profiles due to the fact that there may not be a special longitudinal profile above them. To avoid such a situation, you must either lay the necessary element in advance when installing the main structure, or continue to create a ceiling based on the existing tier. To create a backlit plasterboard ceiling, you must follow the following step-by-step instructions.

Stages of creating a plasterboard ceiling with lighting

  1. First you need to sheathe a single-level ceiling with sheets of gypsum board, which will become the basis for the entire structure. Ideally, if a drawing or diagram is first made with an exact indication of where and in what quantity the lighting fixtures will be located. After that, you can proceed to the markup.
  2. The markup begins with the creation of marks on the walls, for this it is necessary to determine the height of the box and set aside its length from the ceiling, connecting all the resulting marks with a line.
  3. Marking the plasterboard ceiling with illumination around the perimeter is also an important point, here you need to indent from the walls to the desired distance, the resulting figure should be rectangular in shape.
  4. The installation work itself begins with the fastening of the guide profile at the place where the markup was previously applied. It is worth noting that the position of the profile should be as follows: on the ceiling, the holes should be directed downwards, and on the wall, on the contrary, to the side where the opposite wall is located. In this case, the main tier should become the basis for fixing the guide profile.
  5. After that, you can proceed to the creation of blanks of suspension racks. Their number will directly depend on the perimeter of the ceiling, in order to navigate, you need to know that they must be fastened in increments of 60 cm. Here it is necessary to cut the existing profile into several parts that will be identical to the height of the box. In order not to damage the structure, it is worth working very carefully, experts advise making small cuts and bending the back wall inward.
  6. Further, the resulting blanks can be fixed, this must be done with the uncut side, fastening to the ceiling guide profile using self-tapping screws.
  7. The next step is to fix the ceiling blanks, which should be equal to the bottom of the existing box, their number will depend on the number of suspension racks, how many racks, how many blanks. They are also fastened using self-tapping screws, inserted into the guide element at one end, and the other must be connected to the suspension stand (a right angle should be obtained).
  8. Thus, you should get a backlit plasterboard ceiling frame with protruding edges of the profile, they will need to be smoothed out, this must be done carefully, because they will be used to fix the gypsum sheets, which, in turn, form a compartment for installing the backlight.
  9. The final point will be closing the ends of the frame by installing a guide profile around the entire perimeter and fixing it with self-tapping screws.

Plasterboard ceiling with backlight

Box cladding

It should be noted right away that before this step, you need to make sure that the wiring is stretched and completely ready. This procedure is very simple even for a beginner, here you need to remember that the GKL strips must be narrow enough, so it is very important to work efficiently, slowly, you need to cut the material very carefully so as not to damage it and not spoil the outer of the whole structure.

Facing the frame should begin by screwing the strip to the niche hole, here it is necessary to take into account the distance between it and the very first level, if it is small, then you can use an angle bat to install self-tapping screws. After that, you can proceed to the lining of the vertical and horizontal parts of the frame, for this you need to attach the prepared plasterboard sheets to the existing suspensions and the guide on the ceiling.

The final point will be the installation of a special side that will hide the ceiling lighting. Ideally, if the upper edge is additionally attached with a "P" - shaped profile.

Plasterboard ceiling with backlight

What is plasterboard ceiling lighting?

Before choosing a backlight, you need to familiarize yourself with the following points that will help you decide: why exactly you need lighting (full lighting or a decorative element), the number of ceiling levels, financial capabilities, who will install the devices (independently or by an invited professional), type of insulation or soundproofing (if any).
A suspended plasterboard ceiling with lighting involves the use of the same type or a variety of lighting fixtures, they can be:

  • spotlights - great for lighting a workplace or zoning a room, I have a reasonable price, while being easy to install;
  • fluorescent lamps are an excellent option for both residential and non-residential premises, they are easy to install and also save electricity;
  • fiber optic fixtures - this option is great for creating a spectacular design, for example, for a "starry sky", they are beautiful, but difficult to install, and also only suitable for high ceilings;
  • chandeliers and lamps - this is the most common option, because pendant and overhead elements can have absolutely any shape, for example, round or square, as well as many colors, they are affordable in price, but tend to “eat up” the space of the room;
  • LED lighting - this option is a strip lighting, it is very economical, but in most cases it is used as a room decor. With these tapes you can create a very beautiful hidden lighting that will create a subdued light effect, they look great in combination with other lighting elements, such as a chandelier or a lamp. It is worth noting that such a backlight is the most inconvenient and difficult to install and requires great care.

Plasterboard ceiling with backlight

Installation of lighting fixtures

To properly install the backlight on a plasterboard ceiling, you must adhere to the following algorithm:

  1. First you need to decide on the total power, if an LED strip was chosen, then to determine its power supply, you need to measure the perimeter of the niche and multiply it by the power of one meter of tape length, after which you can proceed to install it to the transformer.
  2. Installation and connection of the lighting device must be accompanied by special care, because the further safety of the room will depend on this. The connected circuit must be checked before installation on the ceiling. Installation should be done using connecting elements - connectors.

Since the tapes are sold in the form of reels (5 meters each), you will need to measure the desired length yourself. To attach it to the surface of the ceiling on the reverse side there is a special adhesive base that allows you to mount it on any vertical or horizontal surface. In this case, a hole in a plasterboard niche or the inner wall of the side can serve as an area for fastening.

Plasterboard ceiling with backlight

It is worth noting that the ceiling lighting can be made in two versions: open and hidden. The second one will always look more impressive and stylish, however, you will need to work harder, since the installation procedure is quite capacious. Among the design flaws, it can be noted that it hides a few centimeters of space, which is not suitable for rooms with a low ceiling. To install a hidden strip lighting, you will need a special border, which will hide the light source. When installing, it is very important to remember about safety, you can not connect copper and aluminum conductors together, because their connection can destroy the aluminum element, and you need a special foil to protect the wires, which will protect them from metal elements.

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