In-ceiling speakers are the way to go nowadays. The popular choice for this kind of audio system is its ability to blend with its surroundings and maintain or add some aesthetics. This is a sort of camouflaging a system so that what you hear is only fine sound, while the source is hidden from plain sight.
So how do you install ceiling speakers in your home without destroying the ceiling’s beauty and does not alter totally its original contour? Here are the step by step instructions we gathered to make you an expert in this endeavor. This setup is really romantic!
Why In-ceiling Speakers is Best for You
In-ceiling speakers really work wonders. It operates the same as regular speakers but designed to fit in your ceiling instead of just sitting idle on a sill. There are more benefits in installing an in-ceiling speakers, here are some of them:
- If positioned near a corner, the speaker produces more bass.
- Enhances low-profiling.
- The sound is better within a few feet from the listener if the tweeter switch is set to -3dB.
- Could also be used as in-wall speakers.
- You can find model that matches the tone of your ceiling, or be painted to blend with the ceiling.
Tools You Will Need
- A ladder
- Keyhole saw
- Hand drill
- Speaker template
- Box cutter
- Masking tape
- Screwdriver (Phillips’ head)
- Stud finder
- Wire cutters
- Curved wire
Steps on How to Install Ceiling Speakers at Home
To make it safer for you, put goggles before you start this procedure.
1. Finding the right spot in your house
Finding a suitable place to install your in-ceiling speakers inside your home is the first task to do. Using a ladder, check the spot where you want to put your device. The ceiling must have a crawlspace like in an attic.
Most ceilings are constructed with enough clearance from the roof where plumbing, heating ducts and electrical wires run through. Pay close attention to these utilities. It is better to shut off electrical lines before you start your installation.
Before you drill holes in the ceiling, find the location of the joists and studs on the ceiling by using the stud finder. The joists and studs must be avoided in carving the speakers’ hole. After locating them, drill a small hole (using your hand drill) so a curved wire could be inserted. This will enable you to check if there is any obstruction present inside the ceiling.
2. Choosing the best wire
You must be able to determine the wiring system of the room that you have chosen to install your device. Pinpoint where is the best place to carve a space into the ceiling without running over live wires.
It is best not to run your in-ceiling speakers’ cable parallel to the electrical wiring of the house. This will avoid triggering power line hum against your device’s wiring system. If crossing power lines is imminent, do it perpendicularly (90-degree angle).
Consider also the distance that your speakers’ wiring could travel from the ceiling up to the amplifier. This will determine the size of wire that you should use. Basically, thicker wire is the best wire. Experts recommend using at least 14AWG stranded wire or 28/0.3 (its equivalent in metric unit) for distances more than 10 feet.
3. Sculpt through the ceiling
After you have determined the perfect location and space for your audio speakers, you can start carving. Carving is an art form like sculpting and not just boring a hole. It is done by cutting through the ceiling in an artistic manner, so you better cut through it carefully and mildly.
Use the speakers’ template and using a masking tape, tape it on the surface to mark your aim. Then trace the outline of each device on the ceiling’s exterior using a pencil. Use the box cutter to bore a hole through the ceiling while the tracings guide you.
After you have carved a hole, use the keyhole saw to smooth the edges. Try also to remove any trace of the ceiling’s bit segments that remain. Make sure there is no protruding piece of the ceiling before the speakers are installed.
You are now ready to assemble your speakers. This step by step guide will surely make your task easier and more enjoyable, so better follow these procedures religiously.
Step 1: Fitting the speakers
After the curved hole is prepared, you must fit in first the speaker to make sure it match perfectly. Fitting the speakers on your carved hole is done by pushing them through the hole, subsequently, the device’s legs should fit into place.
Step 2: Remove grills
You must remove the grills of the speakers using the tools coming from the package of the system. Removing the grills will make it easier to adjust the speaker after installation.
Step 3: Connect wires to the speakers
Next, pull the wires towards the hole. Using your prepared wire cutter, cut the wire’s insulation at the end at least 1/2 inch to expose the copper. Tap or connect these ends to the speaker’s corresponding wire slots.
Step 4: Insert speakers into the hole
When you are sure that the speaker is properly wired, insert it back into the hole. Put the speakers properly in place and tighten the screws using a screwdriver so that it will not move. Adjust the swivel tweeter to your preferred angle before you put back the grills. Re-install the grill after everything is in place.
Step 5: Test the speakers
Once the speakers are fixed, you can now test how it sounds. To blend with its surrounding, you can paint the grills the same color as the ceiling. Now, you have successfully installed one of your favorite gadgets, you can certainly enjoy your music in a surround sound fashion.
Some Tips for Installing In-ceiling Speakers
- If you find obstruction during your first drill, just patch the small hole you drilled and find another spot.
- If you have problem with the grill which does not immediately pops out, try pressing on each ear smoothly until it begins to loosen.
- Always prepare two types of screwdriver on hand. A Phillips type and a flat type or a combination will do. Because you never know when you are going to need each one.
Did you enjoy this tutorial? I hope you do. The steps on how to install in-ceiling speakers are really easy and the tools of the trade are just found inside your home, the bulk of your investment goes only in buying in-ceiling speakers, nothing more, nothing less.
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If you want a in-wall speaker instead of in-ceiling, try for installation guide with in-wall speaker.