Suggestions on installing pot lights on low suspended ceiling?

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Posted by: from Edmonton
9/9/2014 at 9:46:04 PM

Put in suspended ceiling and have pot lights but the ceiling is too low for the pot lights to be nailed to the joists as they are supposed to be. Possible solutions needed.

Can pot lights be anchored directly to ceiling track or do they have to be attached to the joists?

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Mike from Custom Designs in Bolton
Date/Time9/10/2014 at 7:19:14 AM

Hey Ryan,

It sounds like you have bought new construction pot lights. They are meant to be installed in the joist cavities before drywall is installed.

Return those ones that you bought and buy retrofit pot lights, they will work perfect for you.



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Ryan in Edmonton
Date/Time9/10/2014 at 11:30:36 AM

Thanks for the reply Mike, however, I can not return the pot lights so I have to figure how to get them installed. Can I just add some boards down from the joists to attach the pot lights?


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Date/Time9/10/2014 at 1:37:54 PM

You can drop them down with wood. However how do you install the ceiling tiles? Let alone take them down if you ever need to. Your making way more work for yourself than necessary. Retro pot lights can be found for $10 ea. Well worth the investment.

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Date/Time9/12/2014 at 1:38:08 AM

Hello Ryan

There are two different scenarios that are possible. The potlight needs to be supported; it can be sported by the ceiling grid or independently.

It is unlikely that you have a 'weight rated' ceiling so you must support the fixture independently. How I do this in most residential properties is to install the potlight directly on the ceiling tile then take a piece of 10-t jack chain from the fixture base to the floor joist. The tension is put so that it takes the weight off the ceiling tile or should the ceiling grid fail the lights would be supported independently.

Hope this helps.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc.

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