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Old 03-14-2011, 10:41 AM   #1
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Commercial Electric Pot Lights in Insulated Basement Ceiling


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I am installed Commercial Electric Pot Lights from the Home Depot into my basement ceiling. I am insulating the ceiling - so they need to be installed into a ceiling box. I am confirmed with a few different sales associates that I have purchased the right parts - but what they can't tell me is how to make the fixture fit into the ceiling box in order for it to be low enough to attach the lighting gimble.

If I just push the clips into place - they pull the lighting fixture all the way in flush with the box - which is too high to attach the gimble to.

I am sure it is just something I am not doing correctly - but since I have 15 to do - I want to make sure this looks decent.
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From what I see from your pictures you have a drop ceiling which is below the ceiling joist. The can should be placed on the ceiling tile.
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The housing should be secured to the ceiling grid, not the floor framing.
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From what I see from your pictures you have a drop ceiling which is below the ceiling joist. The can should be placed on the ceiling tile.
Not quite sure what you mean - but the placement of the can is not the problem. As you can see with this kind of light - the clips when inserted at the one and only hole cause the light to be drawn into the ceiling box too high.

I have installed two of them today by bending the clips - but I find it hard to believe that bending the clips is the right thig to do in order for the lights to sit low enough in the ceiling box oin order for the gimble to be attached.
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The housing should be secured to the ceiling grid, not the floor framing.
You are correct. I have used these type of receeded fixtures. They are made to attached tp the floor joist or ceiling strapping.
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