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07:09PM | 07/23/04
Member Since: 07/22/04
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I am removing a recessed can to be replaced with a track lighting surface transformer. Since I assume that the electrical box in the ceiling will be attached high up on the joist (since the can is 6-8" tall), and the new transformer needs to be mounted to this, what is the best way to accomplish this?

Would it be OK just to install a new box lower down on the joist and attach the transformer to this, or do I need to set up a T-bar arrangement?




07:35PM | 07/23/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
You are going to be dissappointed. The electric box is usually integrated with the light can. In other words, when you pull out the can, there is no junction box except the one attached to the side or top of the light. Before you remove the existing light, go look at one at the home improvement store or lighting store, so you know what to expect.

No problem. Once the difficult part (removing the light can) is done, you will have a huge hole in the ceiling to install whatever kind of box you want. For a track light system it will be a standard round light box that is directly attached to ceiling joists, or bridged. In any event, you will need to buy an electic junction box.

Your problem is NOT how to attach the box, but how to repair the drywall. Its fairly easy to install a drywall patch to cover the 6 - 8 inch light can hole, (or just cut a rectangular opening and patch that) just be prepared for the fact this is mostly a drywall job, not electrical. If you have questions on the drywall patch or texture, post back.

Hope this helps.


07:57PM | 07/23/04
Member Since: 07/22/04
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info about the can. The new track transformer is integrated into a 7" diameter dome, which I am hoping will cover the hole. This attaches directly to the box, so presumably the box needs to be flush with the ceiling.

Since I do not know yet how much the transformer weighs, I guess I'll just check out the different styles of boxes when it arrives.

Is is usual to place recessed lighting close to joists or does the snug fit in the drywall obviate any extra support required for the can?



03:53PM | 10/13/13
I'd like to go the other way I have track lighting and would like to install pot lights, is this possible?

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