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Should I use remodel or new construction recessed fixtures when installing a new ceiling?

We have a stomped ceiling on the first floor in our new home (built in 1969) that we want to get rid of. Every contractor we've talked to says that scraping it off isn't an option because it's been ...
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Recessed Light Placement

Im a DIYrs when it homes to simple home remodelling. Am doing a kitchen upgrade all around. Bought this house and lot of stuff has gone wrong, so on, not going into much details. Only thing now is ...
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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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What are your recommendations for bedroom recessed lights in a step ceiling?

While remodeling our bedroom we are considering recessed lighting. The bedroom has a seating area also - the bed area is 14' x 15' and the seating area is 10' x 9' (overall length is 24 ') and the ...
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LED bulbs don't turn off completely with dimmer switch [duplicate]

I replaced 4 recessed lights that had 2 dimmer switches (2 lights per switch) with 4 recessed LED (Halo) lights (new fixtures). The lights wouldn't turn completely off so I changed the switches to on/...
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IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower [closed]

Looking for an IC Rated, pivoting recessed (pocket) light for shower. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? I've been scouring Amazon for a few days now and haven't come across any promising hits....
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How to loosen glass bulb cover from metal base?

I need to replace one of the lightbulbs in my bathroom's lightbulb fixture. The bulb itself is a halopin bulb that inserts with a metal hook, but its covered by a glass cage/receptacle that should ...
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Pot light failure

I installed a string of 12 pot lights from Costco and they worked fine for 4 months. Yesterday I flipped the switch, the lights came on and went off immediately. I have power at all the lights, I ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Traditional Recessed Lights or the New “clip” LED Panels?

I'm finishing my basement (exposed ceiling, will be putting in roxul safensound) and I have a dilemma. Home Depot just released these new 4" puck/panel lights with integrated LED driver. I'm ...
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How do I change a light bulb I can't grip?

We have two bulbs in our house that need replacing. They appear to be PAR38 bulbs. The bulbs are both in recessed sockets. There is not enough space between the bulb and the well to get fingers ...
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Wiring a fan and recessed lighting to a double switch

I currently have a single switch operating a ceiling fan. I'd like to add some recessed lighting to the room. Can I replace the single switch with a double switch to operate the ceiling fan and (4) ...
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How can I convert two recessed lights on a single pole switch to two separate lights with light controls?

I have a bedroom with two recessed can lights operating from one wall switch. I would like to add a ceiling fan/light to one of the outlets and convert the other to a track light with its own light ...
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What sort of transformers are needed for LED spotlights (MR16)?

I have a suspended ceiling in my bathroom with 6 halogen (MR160 12V 35W) spotlights, each light has its own transformer, which I believe is to covert the voltage from 240v to 12v. Some of the ...
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Air Seal recessed cans without attic access

I recently discovered moisture in my attic and the mold inspector recommended sealing all the canned lights in our house. We have about 30 in vaulted ceilings where there is no attic access. Any ...
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How can I install a recessed light container in an abnormally thick ceiling?

We are in the middle of our home remodeling and we have just noticed that our ceiling seems to be a bit thicker than what the maximum our recessed lights allow for. As shown within the picture link ...
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Should light bulbs above showers be “steam proof”?

In replacing the lighting in my apartment with LED bulbs, I noticed that the recessed can lighting above the shower (to be fair, the light is centered on the shower curtain) does not appear to be ...
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R80 reflectors, light coming though upstairs

I have two old-style eyeball lights with R80 bulbs in my kitchen. One of them kept blowing bulbs so I'm trying to replace it like with like. I've found a fitting which is identical from below, but ...
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What exactly is a PAR type LED lamp, how does it differ from R/BR type LED & CFL lamps?

I am in the process of replacing my incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. My home is about 14 years old, I've owned it for a little over three years. It seems most of the bulbs that it "...
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How to test/record evidence of intermittent electrical outages?

We recently had the electrical systems in our 80 year old house completely brought up to code, removing and replacing everything from original knob & tube up through modern romex. As part of the ...
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How do airtight recessed lights compare to IC-rated ones?

I'm trying to figure out what recessed lights to purchase. The ceiling room has an attic directly above with insulation in between. It appears that IC-rated cans are necessary here, correct? How ...
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Why can the connections of a recessed light be buried in drywall, but not junction boxes?

I'm redoing lights in our kitchen and have to splice some lines. I have read numerous threads that all say you cannot bury the junction box in the drywall, it has to be accessible. The recessed lights ...
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Can I cut the recessed lighting housing rails to make them fit in joists 12" apart?

I have this guy -- I got new work since the drywall was removed. Can I cut the excess rail (past the nail) so it fits the joists, which are 12" apart? Or does that mean they're isn't enough space ...
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How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?

I installed two new recessed LED light fixtures using 4" new construction IC housings. The problem is that both fixtures are not flush against the ceiling after installation, they are dipping down on ...
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How to use an MR16 bulb in a 5“/6” can housing

I want to hang a nice metallic photograph print over my fireplace. I currently have a 5" recessed can with a fish eye for a PAR30 bulb, but I don't like the evenness of color or the width of the spot ...
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How to chain two recessed lights together?

Disclaimer: I am one of the most non-handy people on the planet, so forgive my total "newbie" question. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel. I need to install two housings for recessed lights ...
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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25 degree by 36 degree (oval) LED light beam spread

I have some Philips PAR20 2700K LEDs in my house. Some are 36 degree, others are 25 degree beams. I was wondering if there is any way to get an oval beam LED light bulb, as in a 36 by 25 degree light ...
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How can I replace broken CFL bulb in a recessed light fixture?

I tried to replace a plug-in 4 pin CFL and ended up having the socket stuck inside the can. How I can get it out? There are two clips at both sides in the can fixture - can I push these to get the ...
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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recessed lights not working after outage, and problems removing housing clips

The day we had a power outage, we also noticed that one bank of recessed lights stopped working. (Assuming they are related, but can't be 100% sure.) The lights are on a dimmer switch. I confirmed ...
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Insulating/preventing heat transfer on non-IC rated recessed lights

I recently bought a thermal leak detector and discovered that my recessed lights upstairs are leaking a lot of heat and causing the upstairs to be uncomfortable and hard to cool. This is the brand ...
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How to install recessed lights without bar hangers?

I'm sure I can figure out a way to mount the recessed I reclaimed, which are missing the bar hangers; however, does anyone have any previous experience in doing so?
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How to prevent heat loss over a recessed light?

I have a recessed light installed in a sloped ceiling - no attic space over it. On a cold morning when there is frost or snow on the roof and I stand outside the house, I can see a warm spot directly ...
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3-inch recessed lighting junction access

I am looking to install 3-inch recessed lighting in room under living areas. I have the ceiling down so I am using a new-work kit with rails and a pan. The lights are sold as remodeling and the rest ...
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How do I stop my in-cabinet lights from falling out?

I bought a house three months ago and I'm slowly getting around to different projects. We have beautiful halogen in-cabinet lights above our kitchen sink but the light fixtures seem to fall out every ...
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Recessed lighting in existing concrete light fixture

I have some light fixtures that are currently used and covered with blind plates in the corners of a concrete ceiling room. I was wonder if there was anyway to convert those existing light boxes to ...
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How do I open this light fixture?

Please tell me how to open it up to change the light bulb. This is my friends room and I am a million miles away to help her. She said, she try to twist the plastic rim but to no avail. I think ...
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What is the difference between R20 and PAR20 lightbulbs?

Are they compatible? What do R and PAR prefixes represent in general? Important decision, need to buy several replacement lightbulbs!
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I need to fix a recess light in my kitchen?

I have recessed lighting in my entire house. It has vaulted ceilings and there is not attic access. One fixture keeps going through lamps and now just flickers on and off. Well, it did until my nephew ...
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Fitting recessed lighting without damaging ceiling

I'm trying to add recessed lighting into my hall. There's currently a pendant light in the middle, which I'll be removing. I then want to add 6 240v (UK) GU10 fittings. There's no insulation in the ...
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Controlling multiple banks of LED bulbs with one dimmer switch

Just had the contractor install some recessed LED lighting in some of the rooms of the house. Due to building codes we can't have one location with enough switches to control the lights as we have ...
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Can I put a recessed light in a shower?

I am in Montgomery County, Maryland and I had a contractor tell me it's against code to put a recessed light in my shower. The shower is 3' X 3' X 7'1" (3 foot by 3 foot and the height is 7 feet 1 ...
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Can a recessed IC-rated housing be in contact with nonmetallic sheathed cable?

I have recently installed 8 of these 5 inch insulation contact rated remodler housings in my kitchen. Two of the holes I made were close to an existing nonmetallic sheathed cable (NM) running through ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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Floodlight randomly, dimly lights even when lightswitch is off

This problem baffles me completely. In one of our bedrooms, we have two floodlights connected to a one-way Z-wave dimmer switch. Both floodlights are Cree BR30s. When the light switch is off, one ...
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Why do my dimmer switches keep burning out?

I have a Lutron Maestro MACL-153MH (600W incandescent/halogen) controlling 5 x H1499ICAT (low-voltage, MR-16, 50W each) in my vacation house. So, that's a total of 250W. It burned out one day, so I ...
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Is it possible for me to convert my downlights to normal lights?

So just bought a house and it's one of those newer houses where every frigging room has got halogen downlights. Seriously I've probably got about 30-40 of them all over the house. Not sure what the ...
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Why are my recessed IC lights overheating?

I was sitting in my new home with dimmable recessed incandescent lights when I noticed one light fixture "click" off and then 10 minutes later click back on. Then the fixture on the other side of the ...
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How to replace recessed halogen light from an eyeball fixture?

I have a fused halogen bulb in this eyeball fixture. It's fairly resistant to twisting and pulling. The previous tenants managed to damage a similar fixture in another room, and I don't want to end up ...