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    I am installing recess lighting in my finished cellar room, I have suspended ceilings.
    The gap between the bottom of the joist and the top of the ceiling tile is 2 1/2 inches, but the most my can light ajust to is 1 inch lower. So if I mount it to my joist ..it won't reach the top of the tile.
    I know I can mount it on the ceiling frame, but is there a way I can do it on the joist??
    It's my first time with recess lights, does the "baffle" assembly somehow cover that gap of 1 1/2 inches??? The instructions that come with it is minimal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry J View Post
    The instructions that come with it is minimal.
    Thanks
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    Herein lies your answer. The instructions will tell you if you can or if you can't

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    Why don't you just scab on or cross-strap on a 2 inch piece of wood to the bottom of the joists to lower the cans? I would not trust mounting it to the suspended ceiling frame.

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    Alright, seems like either add more wood, or mount onto the frame...frame appears to be pretty stable,
    I've got 6 lights to put up and retrofitting all those lights with wood, seems like frame mount is way to go
    any negatives with installing on frame???

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    Most every recess fixture I have installed in a lay-in ceiling was mounted to the ceiling grid.
    Every recessed can I have ever seen has adjustments for the depth of the can.

    What brand name can are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry J View Post
    I am installing recess lighting in my finished cellar room, I have suspended ceilings.
    The gap between the bottom of the joist and the top of the ceiling tile is 2 1/2 inches, but the most my can light ajust to is 1 inch lower. So if I mount it to my joist ..it won't reach the top of the tile
    visit this.
    I know I can mount it on the ceiling frame, but is there a way I can do it on the joist??
    It's my first time with recess lights, does the "baffle" assembly somehow cover that gap of 1 1/2 inches??? The instructions that come with it is minimal.
    Thanks

    Barry
    Which technology recess lights you have purchased?
    Last edited by Undfusk; 11-04-2012 at 03:23 AM.

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