How to remove recessed lighting can?


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Old 09-10-16, 08:35 AM
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How to remove recessed lighting can?

I am trying to remove the can of an old lightolier recessed light (sticker inside says Lightolier 1110 519). Please see picture. How can I do that without destroying my ceiling? I removed the trim but am struggling to detach the can itself. Any advice? Thanks a lot.Name:  image.jpg
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Old 09-10-16, 09:16 AM
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I believe they are only held in by spring tension. The entire housing will pull down. The socket part will detach from the housing by squeezing the spring tabs and pushing up. Although you should not need to do that to remove the housing.
 
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Old 09-10-16, 11:28 AM
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Thank you! I easily removed the socket part but can't move the housing. I tried to pull it down but to no effect. Should I press somewhere to release the springs? Thanks again!
 
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Old 09-10-16, 11:48 AM
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You need to turn the can slightly as you pull down. There are no hidden catches..... just spring tension clips.
 
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I got it. Thank you for your advice!
 
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Exclamation Removing downlight housing

Hello Frederik and PJmax,
I'm trying to remove a Lightolier housing too but with no luck.
I can't turn the can but I pull it down 1/8" before it springs back into the drywall ceiling.
I've removed the light socket so I can turn and pull on the housing for more leverage.
Really,how much force is needed here before I damage the drywall.
I appreciate you comments.
 
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Old 08-11-18, 05:53 PM
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In the picture posted here...... there are no clips in the three slide tracks. That means the cans are held in strictly by three spring clips in the back. Just pull and twist hard.

If you have any type of clip in that track..... it will need to be unlocked first.
 
 

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