Installing a flush ceiling light in place of old recessed light

Old 02-11-19, 01:38 PM
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Unhappy Installing a flush ceiling light in place of old recessed light

I recently purchased a flush mount light to install in the hallway of my home (see pic). I've installed a few lighting fixtures before and I was so excited to replace the old hideous light I have that I completely overlooked the mechanics of how to wire and secure the new light over the old recessed square hole cut into the wall. It is about 9 inches wide and the flush light I bought is 16 inches wide- I naively thought that I could cover the old square hole with no issues. However, the mounting bracket on the new light is supposed to be screwed onto a traditional outlet box (which is non existent in my old lighting box/hole) leaving me with nothing to attached the bracket to in order to secure the fixture to the ceiling. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I attached the instructions that came with the new fixture and a pic of what fixture I am currently working with.

How can I go about connecting and securing this new light? Do I replace the electrical box? And can I ensure it is safely secured and wont fall out if I do so? Any advice is greatly appreciated?!

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Old 02-11-19, 02:06 PM
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The only way is to remove that old fixture. Install a proper electrical box and patch the ceiling.
There is no way the properly attach the new fixture to that old light.
Old 02-11-19, 04:47 PM
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When you pull that light out you should find it framed in wood. Once the light is out you can see what is needed to be added to attach a box. You can cut the hole a 1/2"-3/4" bigger so that there is a place to fasten a new piece of sheet rock.

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