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dmcmellon
Replacing light fixtures

We have several older-style light fixtures in our family room and would like to replace them with can-lights or recessed lighting. The problem is, when the previous home-owners added on to the house, they did not provide access to the attic area above the room. Is it possible to replace the lights with no access to anything above the ceiling?

pdkaman
Re: Replacing light fixtures

Have you thought about adding the access to that attic space? It would certainly make the work easier. You never know what you might find once you start trying to add the can lights. It may be that you need access to the space above.

What is preventing you from accessing it now? Is it walled off?

A. Spruce
Re: Replacing light fixtures
dmcmellon wrote:

Is it possible to replace the lights with no access to anything above the ceiling?

Yes, just make sure you're using a "remodel" type can and not "new framing". Also, make sure it is IC rated, which is "insulation contact", and what that rating means.

dmcmellon
Re: Replacing light fixtures
pdkaman wrote:

Have you thought about adding the access to that attic space? It would certainly make the work easier. You never know what you might find once you start trying to add the can lights. It may be that you need access to the space above.

What is preventing you from accessing it now? Is it walled off?

Yes, it's currently walled-off.

dmcmellon
Re: Replacing light fixtures
A. Spruce wrote:

Yes, just make sure you're using a "remodel" type can and not "new framing". Also, make sure it is IC rated, which is "insulation contact", and what that rating means.

Great information - thank you!

A. Spruce
Re: Replacing light fixtures

I would also add that if there is space in both the old and new attic for you to get into, cutting an access point would be well worth the efforts.

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