Recessed Lighting


Old 12-22-13, 01:32 PM
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Recessed Lighting

I have a few plug in type florescent recessed lights in a kitchen that I want to change to either LED or incandescent. Since the fixture is not a screw-in type base I need to change the base. Can I safely cut out the old plug in base and splice in a screw in base with the splice located within the recessed can housing? I want the installation to be safe, but I am trying to find a way around replacing the entire can housing.

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Old 12-22-13, 01:54 PM
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You would have to take the can housing down anyway as the wires feeding the lamp are coming off a ballast. This should require replacing the entire can, but would require doing some rewiring.

I know in CAL they are ahead of the curve in banning incandescent light bulbs so I think your best bet is to go with LED. I don't believe they even allow Med. bases fixtures anymore in CAL. You should be able find an LED that will fit your socket. If you can post a picture of the socket we may be able to help. Again, the ballast would have to be removed from the circuit.
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Thanks for the info, Tolyn. It sounds like I will have to remove the can and ballast and then splice in the new can with the screw in base. I am actually looking at putting in a screw-in LED that doubles as a music light. However, I would like to replace the rest of the florescent cans with LEDs so I will get a pic of the fixture base and post it tonight.

Thanks again!
Old 12-24-13, 08:44 AM
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Unless the recessed only accepts energy efficient bulbs, I believe changing them would be a violation of Ca's Title 24 Energy Code.

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