Can I cut the recessed lighting housing rails to make them fit in joists 12" apart?

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Installing recessed lighting with minimal tear-out

Dramatic lighting

Recessed fixtures cast dramatic light in the room.

Recessed lights

The lights give the room a dramatic appearance.

Thinking about adding recessed lights but don’t want to tear out your whole ceiling to do it? Luckily you don’t have to. With a little ingenuity and special remodeling housings, you can install a roomful of recessed lights with minimal drywall tear-out and patching.

We’ll show you how to install the housing and fish the wires through a narrow, strategically placed slot cut in your ceiling. The techniques we’ll show you will work in almost any situation, but if you’re lucky enough to have access to the ceiling from the attic, the job will be even easier. However, this is not a project for novices. You should know the basics of connecting wires and installing electrical boxes.

In this article, we’ll be focusing on recessed lights, although you could...

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Here are some fun features I included in my treehouse to make it even cooler, more fun and safer.

Since my treehouse has a sleeping loft, I needed a way to get up. Unlike the ladder to access the treehouse from the ground, this loft ladder didn’t have to be easy to climb. I also didn’t want the loft ladder to take up too much floor space in the treehouse, so I decided on a 90 degree ladder, using tree limbs and rungs. I mainly used firewood as my source, but also was able to salvage the one limb I had to cut from a host tree to use as a ladder rung. It took quite awhile to cut the wood on my table saw including a flat top edge to step on, and to notch the sides to fit into corresponding notches sawed into each 2x6 stringer. But I think the unique result was worth the effort. I also cut the profile of a horse’s head on the top of one of the stringers. This detail didn’t take too much time, and it is a conversation piece (for those who make it to the top). To help climbing to...

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Recessed light fixtures are one of the most popular and versatile types of lighting today. They are available in a variety of styles and sizes, including recessed wall lights and LED recessed lighting. As the name implies, recessed lighting fits into a cavity cut into the ceiling of the room, with the face of the fixture flush with the ceiling and the bulb mounted inside. Recessed lighting can be used for general room lighting, to illuminate a path such as a hallway, as task lighting in the kitchen, or for directional lighting to accent a focal point in a room.

Recessed lighting consists of a housing (commonly called a can) mounted in the ceiling cavity. A number of different types of cans are available depending on whether they will be installed in new or existing construction. Adjustable metal arms on each side of the housing get nailed or screwed to the ceiling joists to hold the can in place. A box mounted on the side of the housing contains the connections for wiring...

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Let me address both questions. First, for drawing I still use an old program called VISIO 2000 by VISIO Corp. Although my vesion is not Microsoft, Microsoft purchased the product later in 2000 and they have probably introduced several more recent versions of the product since then. I use it for planning and documenting all of my projects at home and have actually documented almost everything I have come in contact with here at home over recent years including water lines, electrical lines, structure, plants, trees, drain lines, decking so that everything I know about, either visible and invisible is available to me when I take on something new. It's been a great program with all of its tools.

Regarding my lighting for this area, I am using HALO H199ICT cans that are airtight, new construction, and IC rated. These are good for wet applications and although the design hasn't changed, the newest versions now carry the designation of H199ICAT where the "A" more clearly...

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Installing recessed lighting

Next on my list.... installing recessed lighting.

Exiting construction in my living room with very good/easy access to the trusses above from the attic. Living room currently has no lights. It's "old school" with the light switch controlling 1/2 the outlets. I'll tie into this outlet for the new lights.

I know I should use remodel lights but what if I have access to the trusses? Should/Could I use "new" lights? The remodels seem much easier. If I could use "new"... what is difference of either (benefits/disadvantages)?

Any advice or recommendations?

I know I need IC housings. The room is about 15 x 15 and I'd light to install 2 lights on each of the 4 walls. There are pictures on 2 walls and a fireplace with pictures on a 3rd wall. I'l like some light to spill onto the walls and illuminate these. I was looking at 5" lights but it seems most retro lights are 4".

I wanted to go with kits as they are less...

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