How to install lights in a ceiling

mowersOctober 11, 2007

I hope this does not sound like a "silly" question. I saw a zero drop ceiling were the channels get screwed to the joists. How do recessed lights get installed with this system. Do I use regular new construction brackets? Kind of do you get the light lined up with everything so it rests in the middle of the panel? You would have to get the panel centered on the joist space for the recessed light to fit into so the can can fit up into the ceiling. For a drop ceiling, I assume the light somehow installs onto the panel, so you can get them centered.

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mowers - great question. I ahve been thinking about this too.

I plan on using this track system that screws directly into the joists. It's a 2 piece system that makes an I beam like bracket and is self leveling. Only needs about 2 inches of clearance.

I would think that the drop ceiling brackets for recessed housings could still be used. The only question I have is that these I beam things are plastic and I am not sure how they hold - do the recessed bracktes just snap on or do you have to screw them in?

For regular 8d round electrical boxes, I am not sure what to do. I guess you could use the ones that have brackets too but the weight of the light fixture might be an issue.

Hopefully someone who has experience with these drop ceiling systems will respond. What type and where are you getting your ceiling tiles?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2007 at 8:19AM
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Getting from Home Depot. I can't recall the brand name, but the tracks are made from pvc material. You screw them to the joists in certain areas, and bend them over, slip in the panel, and then release to hold it in place. Uses one inch from what I recall. I have a low I cannot do a true drop ceiling.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2007 at 9:03AM
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Ok, I'm no expert, but I would think it's very easy.

You use new construction cans, leaving extra wiring at each can (in case it needs to be moved over). Moving them is easy, especially with all the access you have. You can attach them with the quick nailing tab or screw them - I'd screw them since you can unscrew them more easily. As for side adjustment, they slide back and forth until you tighten the lock screw. So have no fear, install them and be sure your electrician leaves the extra wire at each can.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2007 at 9:22AM
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