LED Recessed Fixture Support


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Old 01-04-15, 08:37 AM
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LED Recessed Fixture Support

I am looking at a couple of LED fixtures (Bazz) and can't determine what materials can be used for support. The heat from the LEDs used presently is minimal and supported by metal (kitchen fan, etcetera). If I were to judge by the proximity of wood joists and flooring I would think 1/2" plywood would suffice but I am concerned it is not appropriate.

Would someone please recommend a suitable material? The ~1/8" ceiling tiles are MDF and not substantial enough for support but units I have found on the Internet are metal.
 
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Old 01-04-15, 09:36 AM
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You mention 1/2" plywood and 1/8" MDF ceiling tiles. What material is your ceiling? Are you asking if you installed 1/2" ply as a backer or are you going to replace your MDF ceiling tiles with plywood?
 
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Old 01-04-15, 11:01 AM
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The ceiling itself is 1/8" MDF (http://www.costco.ca/Snapclip-Suspen...100127168.html). The fixtures are designed for a 1/2" to 1" thick support. My thought is to back the MDF tiles with 1/2" plywood supported across the rails (that are fixed firmly to the ceiling) so that each fixture will pass through the tile-plywood combination with the clamps in the fixture sandwiching the two together. Heat and code are my concerns, the strength will be good.

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The tiles look to be about 2' (60cm) wide. 1/2" plywood should be more than enough. You probably could use 3/8" or whatever scrap you have available.
 
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Old 01-04-15, 11:30 AM
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I am using 1/2" scrap and I'll get back at it.

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