Square 8"x 8" recessed hallway light upgrade


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Old 02-17-15, 12:51 PM
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Lightbulb Square 8"x 8" recessed hallway light upgrade

I have a 8"x8" square recessed hallway light Name:  20150217_140054.jpg
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I have 2 issues:
1) how do I mount the light when I only have a 4" bracket
2) Can I wire three 60W bulbs to this existing wiring? Name:  20150217_140154.jpg
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I believe the wiring and existing light fixture to all be original from 1962
 
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Old 02-17-15, 01:06 PM
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1. I don't know what you mean by a "4" bracket" but most ceiling, surface mount fixtures attach to an electrical box. You may have to install blocking between your ceiling joists to support a box or they make boxes with metal brackets to attach to joists. Once you have a box then you'd just follow the installation instructions for your light which should be pretty easy.

2. The wattage and number of lights you can use will depend on the fixture you get. Your house's wiring should support 180w but the light fixture may not. Most lights like that that I have seen accommodate two bulbs either 60w or 100w depending on the fixture but I've not seen a three bulb one.
 
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Old 02-17-15, 01:16 PM
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You will also need to patch the Sheetrock. Or if you use a 2x4 between the joist to fasten the ceiling box to you could use a medallion to cover the hole.
 
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Old 02-17-15, 05:20 PM
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Thanks for the help! I used an expandable brace from joist to joist with an electrical box. Job well done!
 
 

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