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In the ceiling there is no light box and I can't insert nails or screws. I need to install a square LED light fixture, weighting 1.4 lbs, that is fed by the outlet. Maximum I can do is to damage the painting when I decide to remove this light fixture, because I can paint again later. The wire is very light in weight and is already in place using a double sided tape.

All that is left is to be able to "glue" this square LED fixture on the ceiling.

What ideas to you have to keep this square LED light fixture in place? I thought about these Command Strips, however I think they will fell in a couple of days, they are not meant to have force pushing horizontally, only downwards. They are not meant to be used in ceilings.

I also thought about these strong, permanent mounting strips (the red ones)?

I also thought about using a little of silicone, do you guys think it would work? Silicone has helped me in many ways before, not sure if it is effective in painted wall/ceiling.

The main question here is how to attach, in a secure way, this flat square LED light on the ceiling, without damaging the ceiling when installing or removing (damaging the paint is fine), probably using some kind of adhesive.

Any ideas are welcome!

Thank you!

  • Any adhesive strong enough to hold up a light will probably do more damage than a screw or two, don't you think? Or is damage upon removal not the main concern? – JPhi1618 Apr 11 at 18:30
  • @JPhi1618 there are solutions today that can do that, the square is not that have, it's less than 1.4 lbs. I just don't know which would be best: these commercial mounting tapes, or maybe silicone? – igorjrr Apr 11 at 18:34
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    Having prepped walls to be repainted, I can say that I would be cursing anyone that used silicone or double sided mounting tape because that stuff is hard to remove. Some double sided tapes might work well, but could damage the ceiling texture when removed. A tiny nail/screw hole takes 5 seconds to touch up with spackling, but a strip of missing texture will be an eyesore and harder to repair. Is damage on removal an important consideration? – JPhi1618 Apr 11 at 18:38
  • @JPhi1618 This LED square is not designed to be used with nails, doesn't have holes, it is flat in the back. I'm not allowed to make any holes in the ceiling, even with a nail. The maximum damage on removal I can have is to repaint. My experience shows that removing silicone or a strong double sided tape damages the paint but not the ceiling itself, usually repainting is enough. If you have any ideas that do not involve use of nails/screws, I appreciate. Thanks! – igorjrr Apr 11 at 19:20
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    Well maybe you could attach a square of plywood using a bunch of those 3M Command strips, but those things really depend on correct removal procedure and 90% of the time, tenants in a hurry botch the job and tear hunks off the paint. The plywood would need gloss paint to have enough bindable surface for the Command strips. Regardless this deal seems like Ghost Ship wiring... – Harper Apr 12 at 19:46
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You can use Pattex Double Sided Sticky Pads, it is strong enough to hold up to 4 lbs. I used it also in bathroom, it works great.

  • Thank you. Are these foam type adhesives? I tried, it fell. The cause is that this square led is made of a smooth plastic, and the foam does not adhere to it. – igorjrr May 14 at 15:11
  • @igorjrr Yes. I use to clean surfaces with alcohol before sticking things. I hung small framed paintings in my bathroom, they have been on the walls for 5 years, despite the condensation. For me it worked perfectly. I also do the same in the kitchen... – DaniChi May 14 at 15:27

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