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chewbakarox 10-24-2011 11:56 AM

New Construction or Remodel Recessed Housings?
 
I am starting a recessed lighting project where I will have attic access. Given that I can use either new construction or recessed housings, my question is which one you guys recommend. Assuming the cost for them is the same, is one easier to install than the other? Or are there any other drawbacks to either? If it matters, I have batt insulation in the attic so the housings will be IC. Thanks in advance.

oh'mike 10-24-2011 12:03 PM

I would probably use remodeling cans---that way most of the work is done from a nice clean ladder instead of face down in the insulation----That's me---let's see what others have to say----Mike---

jimmy21 10-24-2011 12:10 PM

i hate remodel cans. I always choose new construction if there is access. Although the other day i chose remodel cans because i would have been army crawling through knee deep blown in insulation.

clashley 10-24-2011 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by chewbakarox (Post 755643)
I am starting a recessed lighting project where I will have attic access. Given that I can use either new construction or recessed housings, my question is which one you guys recommend. Assuming the cost for them is the same, is one easier to install than the other? Or are there any other drawbacks to either? If it matters, I have batt insulation in the attic so the housings will be IC. Thanks in advance.

I used new construction cans when I installed the recessed lighting in my living room. The insulation in the attic was a bit of a bear, but at least I could see what I was doing.

jimmy21 10-24-2011 01:19 PM

I prefer to be able to nail my can lights into the framing rather than relying sheetrock. Also, your wiring should be secured anyway if it is accessible, so your not really saving any time by using remodel cans.


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