I have GU-10 recessed lights in the bathroom. Unfortunately they do not sell replacement 4" kits that have the GU-10 connection. I'm replacing because the light is terrible even with led light bulbs. How hard would it be to replace them with regular 4" recessed lights?

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    You're not being very clear about whether you're referring to the light fixture, the sockets, or the bulbs. The only specific term you are using, GU10, is a type of socket base - the more popular one being Edison (you know the one). In my experience the selection of GU10 bulbs is quite poor, and you do far better in Edison or candelabra. You can often change the socket base without changing the fixture. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Sep 1 '17 at 20:00

It depends, are they original lighting installed during construction or were they installed during a remodel? I am asking because if they are original, they are mounted on a frame attached to the joist. If they are a remodel and if they used a remodel can then its really not a big deal to snap one down and replace it with another. If it has a trim take the trim down and look at the can. You should see slots with tabs locked in place. You can take a screwdriver and unlock them. Then the can just drops down through the hole. Disconnect and replace.

Going back to the original install. You might be able to replace just the can and not the frame. It would depend on make and model. Personally I wouldn't recommend it as a DIY project unless you are mechanically inclined and have some experience.

Hope this helps. Good luck.


I think I know what he's talking about. I install so many, in so many bathrooms, that I hope this isn't one of my customers! ;)

Pull off the trim cover/bulb and disconnect them. Now, with the power off, carefully try pulling straight down on the fixture. Typically, two spring-loaded clips hold the can in at the 12:00 & 6:00 positions.

If it's not pulling down out of the ceiling at this point, stop, you might have something different. In this case, take some pics and post them here.

If it comes down, you'll have the light fixture and the wire in your hand, and a 3" or 4" hole. I bet it's 3". Make a note of your clearance from finished ceiling to whatever's up in that hole, and go buy whatever you want to replace it.

If any of that is too confusing sounding to you, better just let an electrician do it. Remodel cans are a dream, but dangerous if not installed correctly.

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