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Old 04-19-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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I want to install some can lights in my basement (nailed to the bottom of the floor joists) and I plan to install 12" ceiling tiles that are stapled to 1 x 3 furring strips. Are the can lights usually set up to accomodate the larger ceiling thickness? If the lights are mounted to the bottom of the joists and then you have 3/4" thick furring strips in addition to the thickness of the tiles themselves you're looking at about 1 1/4" difference from the bottom of the joists to the finished surface. Can I use can lighting and these tiles for my basement?
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Usually the cans are setup to have 1/2" or 5/8" drywall installed over them. I'm not sure if you can find high hats with adjustable depth or not. Maybe you can install the high hats to the sides of the furring strips instead of the joists? It might take some bending and screwing of the brackets, but it should work.
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Hi guys,

I want to install some can lights in my basement (nailed to the bottom of the floor joists) and I plan to install 12" ceiling tiles that are stapled to 1 x 3 furring strips. Are the can lights usually set up to accomodate the larger ceiling thickness? If the lights are mounted to the bottom of the joists and then you have 3/4" thick furring strips in addition to the thickness of the tiles themselves you're looking at about 1 1/4" difference from the bottom of the joists to the finished surface. Can I use can lighting and these tiles for my basement?

Most can lights are adjustable. The housing have set screw in the sides of the can for adjustment up or down.Good idea to nail them to the furring strips you might need the clearance too.

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Take your new can fixtures, loosen the height adjustment screws to see how much is the adjustment range.

If the range is not enough to accommodate your furring strips then mount the new cans to short furring strip spacers.
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Thanks guys for all the help!
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