How high can recess light can be above drywall

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Old 11-15-11, 05:59 PM
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How high can recess light can be above drywall

I am finishing my basement and have full acess to the ceiling. I want to install IC recess light cans and I know it is pretty straight forward - put the bars flush with bottom of the floor joists and you're all set.
Problem is I have strapping perpendicular to the floor joists for dry wall support/nailing (I think they are 1/2" thick).
So, with the 1/2" strapping plus abother 1/2" dry wall, isn't the opening of the can too high (or too deep from the bottom of dry wall) for the trim to fit? Isn't the trim suppose to go all the way?

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Old 11-16-11, 04:40 AM
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The housing should be within 1/4" or less of the finished face of the drywall. Most have an adjustment screw inside to change the depth. You could also mount the housing to the strapping.
 
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Technically your only 1/2" over. Think of the strapping as the drywall. When you install the can the bottom should be close to flush with the strapping. As Pcboss said there is an adjustment screw to drop the inner housing down. You'll only need to adjust it within 1/4" to be code compliant.
 

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OK, thank you both. Unless I missed something in the housing that I saw at HD and Lowe's, none of them had a vertical adjustment, only a span adjustment for the bars. Looks like I'll have to find a better/higher end housing in a local lighting store.

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