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chewbakarox 09-30-2011 02:11 PM

How to Replace Socket in Recessed Housing?
 
I'm planning on replacing the existing Edison sockets in multiple 5" recessed cans to be GU24 sockets. The existing cans are standard cans where the socket is attached to the top of the housing (I can attach pics if required but the sockets look like any other Edison socket).

Here is a link to the GU24 sockets I am looking at:

http://www.maxlite.com/PDFs/FocusSheets/GU24Socket.pdf

1) How do I know which socket fitment I need to buy?

2) How would the GU24 socket be attached to the housing? I am not seeing in my head how the new socket would replace the existing Edison socket and how it would be secured.

Thanks in advance!

kbsparky 09-30-2011 07:14 PM

Simply use the screw-in adapter (MLGSML) that is shown in the link you provided.

Those are one-way adapters, and once installed, you won't be able to change your mind and go back to using edison base bulbs.

chewbakarox 10-02-2011 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by kbsparky (Post 739130)
Simply use the screw-in adapter (MLGSML) that is shown in the link you provided.

Those are one-way adapters, and once installed, you won't be able to change your mind and go back to using edison base bulbs.

KB - I am holding off on the screw-in adapter as a last resort. My worry is that the adapter will add length to the bulb, causing it to hang out below the bottom of the trim.

I unscrewed the socket from the housing and took a couple pics. Any thoughts on which GU24 replacement socket would work?

Code05 10-02-2011 01:12 PM

Can you get that mounting tab out of the top of the can without destroying it? If so, reuse it on a replacement socket.

chewbakarox 10-03-2011 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Code05 (Post 740329)
Can you get that mounting tab out of the top of the can without destroying it? If so, reuse it on a replacement socket.

Code - I'm not sure if I can get to it. I need to get up in the attic and check out the top of the housing.

If I do end up somehow modifying the mounting bracket (or creating a new bracket) to fit a different socket, will I have any issues with code compliance?

My other question is, once I do figure out how to mount it, what is the correct way to splice the wiring? Can I simply use some wire nuts within the bulb housing, or would I have to run the wires up to the j-box on top?

Code05 10-03-2011 02:06 PM

Code allows you to modify a fixture using listed parts. The site says they are.

As far as modifying a part/bracket, inspector decides if it is acceptable.

If you can not reuse that bracket, you are going to have a heck of a time getting something to fit.

All connections must be made in the J-box on the fixture and not in the bulb housing.

You realize that adapter only adds 1/2".

chewbakarox 10-03-2011 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Code05 (Post 741272)
Code allows you to modify a fixture using listed parts. The site says they are.

As far as modifying a part/bracket, inspector decides if it is acceptable.

If you can not reuse that bracket, you are going to have a heck of a time getting something to fit.

All connections must be made in the J-box on the fixture and not in the bulb housing.

You realize that adapter only adds 1/2".

Thanks...I think I will give the adapter a try and just see how it looks. Remounting the socket is sounding like a royal pain. :(


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