Odd sizes for recessed lighting

Old 05-24-21, 09:15 PM
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Odd sizes for recessed lighting

Were replacing recessed lighting from the 90s in our kitchen. We brought home some 4 inch retrofit LED lights from Lowes (these) thinking it would be an easy fix. And it would have been, I think, except we discovered the old housing is actually 4.5 inches. Im stumped, and also new to recessed lighting.

The best method we can come up with is remove everything thats there, cut a wider hole in the ceiling and install new 5 or 6 inch can lights. Is there a way to update the lighting without cutting through drywall?

And while were here, we have one 7 inch openings above the sink in the same soffit. We initially wanted to put in a pendant light but figured an easier (and cheaper) plan would be using a trim piece (like this one) to make a 6 inch can light fit. Will the trim piece work, and what type of can light do we need to buy to fit in this type of housing?


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