rBasement recessed lighting with drywall ceiling


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Old 01-20-03, 05:30 PM
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rBasement recessed lighting with drywall ceiling

I'm helping a buddy with his basement project and up to now (6 basements), I have not had this situation. Please help.
There are 6 recessed lights in the rec. room with a drywall ceiling. Should I use remodel fixtures and daisy chain the wiring using flex and conduit from light to light and eliminate all boxes? Or is there another way? I haven't bought the light fixtures yet, so if that matters let me know?

Thanks in advance.
Ken.
 
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Old 01-20-03, 06:58 PM
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I assume you want to replace the existing recessed fixtures with new ones that have different diameters. It depends on whether you plan on patching the drywall (if you rip out the old cans) or install more drywall over the entire existing ceiling. Your choice of using regular recess fixture cans or remodeler fixture cans depends on what exactly you plan on doing with the existing ceiling.

You can certainly use remodeler cans and loop-feed to each box using romex. I assume the existing recessed fixtures are already fed using romex. There is no need for flex or conduit to be used when feeding the boxes [that are part of regular fixture cans or remodeler cans] in a residentual remodeling job.

Make sure you have enough clearance above the new fixtures if you use a different location from where the existing fixtures are located now.

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Old 01-20-03, 07:33 PM
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Ken, it's pretty unclear what you are trying to accomplish. Did Kooter guess right? You say there "are" 6 recessed lights. Do you mean you want 6 recessed lights? Or 6 different recessed lights? I also don't know what you mean by "eliminate all boxes." I'm not even sure why you would want to do that. Is the drywall already up on the ceiling?
 
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Old 01-21-03, 08:19 AM
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Sorry about that, I guess its not clear.
We just completed framing the room. The ceiling is open. I will be installing the recessed lights this weekend prior to drywall.

I was wondering the correct way to pipe and wire the fixtures. My plan is to run conduit close to light then use flex to the fixture. Should I use remodel fixtures in case they have to come out some day. Or are the standard fixtures meant to stay forever?
 
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Old 01-21-03, 09:11 AM
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Chicagoland, where wiring is in conduit. And is a pain in the a** to install. I do not think you can change wiring methods (conduit to flex) without a junction box. I would ask at a supply house how cans are getting wired. Maybe the hole for the can is considered enough access to get to the junction box to switch from conduit to flex.
 
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Old 01-21-03, 10:02 AM
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Don't see a need for old-work fixtures. If needed, the new-work fixtures can be removed too.
 
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Old 01-21-03, 04:00 PM
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brickeye, you're right about the conduit. Talked to the maintenence electrician at work, he says hard pipe directly to the fixture. Looks like I'm bending pipe.

He also says, some people use the flex all the way and that they even make straps for it now.
 
 

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