Replacing light box with recessed lighting?


Old 03-28-04, 10:37 AM
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Replacing light box with recessed lighting?

I want to remove the fixture in the ceiling and replace it with a recessed light. After I remove the light box (which I can get to from the attic) that the current fixture attaches to and replace it with the recessed can, I'm worried that the can will butt up against the wood beam that the light box was attached to. Is there any danger in having the light can touch the wood beam? Also, for another installation, I can't get above ceiling to remove the light box. Is there an easy way to remove the light box in this situation?
Old 03-29-04, 12:33 PM
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Go shopping for cans. The manufacturer for each can will specify its clearance requirements from insulation and from combustable material. Normally, IC cans have the smallest clearance requirements. You may have a small bit of drywall patching to do (easy), or maybe the trim will cover it.

A hacksaw or sawsall can easily cut the nails holding the box to the joist. Slip the blade between the box and the joist. Gently pry it slightly away for better clearance.

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