I’m having some trouble with a light fixture. I have installed a hanging light and it seems that the electrical box in the ceiling is coming out. It has spring clips but they’re not strong enough to hold my new hanging light fixture into place (it’s not crazy heavy, but apparently too heavy for the clips).

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The circular plate that has the hole in it is metal (I drilled that). The circle hole in the ceiling had a a metal ring that sits inside of it. What is my best choice to secure this into the ceiling?


  • Can you find the nearest ceiling joist(s) to where the lamp is installed? – ThreePhaseEel Feb 10 at 14:49
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    Some of those "old work" boxes have a spring band across the back top outside. If youu could get the box out of the ceiling, either get a new box with the flip out tangs, or bend the spring band out more, then reinstall. – Jeff Cates Feb 10 at 21:18

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