recessed lighting


Old 01-14-01, 07:01 AM
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How can I change the wiring from a hanging light fixture to recessed lighting in a different location on the ceiling? I have vaulted ceilings and there is no attic access.
Old 01-14-01, 11:16 AM
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If you are moving the recessed light fixture along the same path that your ceiling joists are running then just fish the wire through the ceiling from the existing box.

If you are moving the recessed light fixture across the ceiling joists then you will have to open the wall and drill holes through the joist to get to the area you want to install the new recessed light fixture then repair the ceiling surface.

Wiring is rather simple. Just run a 12/2 romex from the existing box to the area where you want to install the new recessed fixture, then connect the colors matching the existing colors connected to the old fixture when you remove the old fixture.

Now this old fixture box must stay accessible. You can buy a ceiling cone that looks like the cone of your light fixture but the new cone is just a blank cone with no holes except mounting devices such as screws. This cone can be bought to match the color of your ceiling.

At the new location a hole can be cut matching the size of the recessed tank. Take the recessed tank apart by removing the screws from inside the tank. Shove the tank and mounting equipment into the ceilining and reassemble the recessed fixture in the ceiling through the hole you cut. Let the recessed fixture slip through the hole and install your lens cover. You may have to use some imagination in securing the recessed fixture in place, but this should give you a shot at it.

Remember only recessed fixtures approved for direct contact with combustable materials are allowed to be covered by insulation or direct contact with wood etc.

They are usually called IT fixture. Check the labeling for rating of direct contact.

Hope this helps


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