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Old 11-30-2011, 02:38 PM   #1
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Installing recessed lighting in a new drop ceiling

Is there any trick to make it easier to install recessed lights in a drop ceiling? Should I wire the light up first, then install the tile (with the hole cut, and then mount the light fixture? I don't know how I would get the tile in with the fixture already in place.


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cut out the tile first. install that tile. remove one or two other tiles to access the top of tile you cut out. you can drop the fixture in the cutout from above and do all your wiring from above also. be sure to support the fixtures with chain or wire to framing members. do not let them be supported by ceiling grid only. good luck


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It is easier to cut the tile then install the recessed. Add the surrounding tiles after you have secured the attachment legs to the grid.
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