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I live a building with metal framing used in the walls and ceiling. I am looking to add some recessed lights to parts of my home but am having difficulty figuring out what the best approach is.

I have attached some photographs I took from a small hatch panel to provide an example of what I have to work with. Looking for suggestions on recommended approach to secure the recessed lights. There are other rooms where I don't have an access panel, so will need to get them through a 6" hole.

Two answer some questions:

  • ceiling is standard drywall
  • when using the old work recessed lights, what would be the recommended way attach to something to get some support?

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What are the ceiling panels made of? – shirlock homes Feb 26 '14 at 0:30
Standard drywall. – RishiD Feb 26 '14 at 2:07
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Since the ceiling is up already just use standard "old-work" recessed cans. You don't even need "IC" cans since there is no insulation.

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He is what I am talking about: homedepot.com/p/… – Speedy Petey Feb 26 '14 at 1:09
Yes that is what I was thinking, is there any concern with weight of recessed lights just sitting on this type of ceiling? – RishiD Feb 26 '14 at 2:10
No. Structurally that is no different than any other sheetrock ceiling. – Speedy Petey Feb 26 '14 at 2:12
The sheetrock is screwed to hat channel. It's light gauge steel like metal studs are made of. – Speedy Petey Feb 26 '14 at 2:31

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