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Old 11-01-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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I am changing the existing recessed light fixtures in my kitchen. I've taken one of my fixtures down already, and I have wired the new fixture. But my problem is I'm not able to fit in my new fixture into the hole. The hole is 3 7/8th inch, so that is the size my new (and old) can is. For the life of me, I'm not able to fit in the hole. My new light fixture looks like this:

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My old light fixture had the wires connected with an armoured cable, so it was flexible, and this is less so. I can't find anything on the internet with the answer to this question. I really hope someone here can help. I'm getting sooo frustrated.

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Do you mean the can won't go up into the ceiling, if so why not trim the hole a little for it slides in.

Or are you haveing a different problem that i am not grasping.

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Recessed can lights, if they are truly remodel cans usually have a template so you are able to cut the correct sized hole. Compare that with the existing hole.
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Recessed can lights, if they are truly remodel cans usually have a template so you are able to cut the correct sized hole. Compare that with the existing hole.
Most likely the OP did NOT buy "Remodel"/ "Old Work" fixtures. Or the diameter of the New "Can" is different! Eliminate confusion Through Education! (Separate Message) Don't Drink and Drive, Ever!!!
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I didn't post the install instructions to be smart, just found them searching on line....

These are suitable for any application, just not understanding whats preventing you from putting it through the hole? Is your home a two story? If so could the be a floor joist too close to the hole or something else obstructing? Is the cable (existing) clamped to a floor joist making it difficult to push the junction box (mounted to can) into place? May have to just stick your hand up in there and feel around to see whats going on.

Can you provide any more clarification on the matter?

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You might be able to dismantle the fixture and play "build a ship in a bottle".

You might be able to purchase (separately) wider trim rings so if you had to trim the hole bigger, it would be easier to cover up the edges.
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You might be able to purchase (separately) wider trim rings so if you had to trim the hole bigger, it would be easier to cover up the edges.[/quote]


More than likely your not going to be able to get a wider trim for that particular fixture, judging by the bulb (GU-10) I am fairly sure its a low-volt. fixture, maybe not but...anyhow, unless you purchase the cans separately with the options of diff trims - usually whole kit lights are what they are not many options for them..

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