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Old 07-19-15, 08:18 PM
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replace recessed light

Hello,
I have TIQ10IC housing and I am thinking about using it for a relatively light chandelier (few pounds, 240W)
First, I wonder why black wire has a metallic clip? The white wire goes directly from the box to the bulb socket, but the black wire goes through small metallic housing clipped to the main housing.

Second, The housing is rated for 75W, but I suspect it is true only if you use recessed light. The size of the wire looks big enough to take larger power- is it true? I can barely see inside the box.

Third, I do not want to replace the housing since there is no way to replace it without breaking the ceiling. I can only cut the wires which come out of the box. The chandelier is not heavy, but I wonder what weight the existing fixture can support.
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Old 07-19-15, 08:23 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

That "clip" on the black wire is a thermal safety switch that turns the bulb off if the housing gets too hot. That can be removed for what you want to do.

However, I'm not sure how you plan to fasten the new chandelier to the old recessed fixture.
 
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Old 07-19-15, 08:27 PM
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You can not use a can to wire a chandelier. It is not listed for that purpose, not designed to support a fixture, and there is no proper way to install the fixture to the can, or properly run wires to a box. This should not be done!

First, I wonder why black wire has a metallic clip? The white wire goes directly from the box to the bulb socket, but the black wire goes through small metallic housing clipped to the main housing
The metal clip is the thermal overload. It is to shut off the can if it gets too hot from over lamping.

Third, I do not want to replace the housing since there is no way to replace it without breaking the ceiling. I can only cut the wires which come out of the box.
You do not have to break out the ceiling to install the proper box. Look inside the can and you will see some 1/4" hex head screws. Remove them with a short screw driver. The can housing can now be pushed up to access the junction box of the can. If you see some black clips it is a remodel can and the method is a little different. Let us know and we can head you in the correct direction.

I did see on Ask This Old House there was a product that properly converted a can to a light fixture box. Google "can converter" and you will see some. They will support 50lbs (I suspect for new construction cans)
 
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