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Old 09-10-2011, 02:38 AM   #1
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Hi,
I have some recessed lighting in my kitchen that I wanted to add some style to. The lights I have were installed when the house was built. They are 6" generic cans. They are the kind that has the E37 bulb connector directly connected to the baffle/trim of the light.

I was thinking of adding a similar product as this
http://www.lowes.com/pd_290211-95029...bay&facetInfo=

However, since the bulb's socket is permanently attached to the trim it doesn't seem to fit. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might modify this to make the trim fit? Or maybe you can show me some trim that would be compatible with my cans.

The only thing I can think of is to cut the baffle in half then drill holes in the can to hold the springs for the new trim.
Or, install a new bulb socket/plate from a compatible can that the trim can attach to.

Hopefully I'm being clear in my description. Thank you for your help.
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:26 AM   #2
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That can has had the socket plate removed----Look at a can in the store and you will see that there is an adjustable plate (round with a hole for the socket to snap into--side arm with slots for wing nuts and screws.)

Don't know where you could get the brackets---Any electrician has trashed dozens or hundreds of them--as some trims don't use the things.

Google images will get you a picture of the missing part----Mike----

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Just take your old trim out and bring it in to the store. Try and match it up physically but with a nicer style.
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That can has had the socket plate removed----Look at a can in the store and you will see that there is an adjustable plate (round with a hole for the socket to snap into--side arm with slots for wing nuts and screws.)

Don't know where you could get the brackets---Any electrician has trashed dozens or hundreds of them--as some trims don't use the things.

Google images will get you a picture of the missing part----Mike----
Looks like it has torsion springs to me.
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I think Speedy has the best idea---Pop the socket out of that old trim and buy one of the same type.

Plenty of fancy designs in the socket mount type.
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Looks like a Progress fixture. You should be able to find a label inside that has the model number on it.

To remove you just squeeze the two black tabs above the trim.
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Thanks for all the reply's. You guys are awesome!

I looked again at the light and was able to get the baffle off of the light bulb socket. It just clipped out.

Does anyone know where I can get some of these kinds of replacement trims in different colors? I looked on homedepot, but they don't show pictures of the whole trim just what you would see when the trim is installed.

Does anyone have a link for these types of trim?

I looked for a label on my cans, but the builder sprayed popcorn ceiling material all inside the cans. If there is a label, it's not visible.
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I know Depot and Menards carry a selection of trims like that---
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Most trims are going to be in white to be less obtrusive on the ceiling. Other colors would make the ceiling look like swiss cheese.

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