Can I replace a recessed lighting track without replacing the fixture housing?

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I managed to get the tracks out of the recessed housing without breaking anything. There are two holes in the track with screws behind them. Those screws accept a 1/8" allen wrench. The tracks have a flange mechanism to hold them into the housing:

The housing is Lightolier brand like the track and lamps. Once I removed the track, I found a sticker with information about it:

It would not be easy to find new tracks this fit in this recessed container:

Tracks are not typically exactly 1.25" wide Tracks do not usually have this flange mechanism. You would have to jury rig some other method of attaching them in the housing.

http://www.ylighting.com/blog/track-lighting-installation-tips/ explains the history of track lighting. Lightolier pioneered a style of track and head that is now designed "L" (as in Lightolier). The tracks are "LT" (Lightolier Tracks) and the heads that fit have "L" style connectors to the track. All the WAC brand heads...

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Recessed lighting sits inside your ceiling encased in a metal canister. Oftentimes these canisters will overheat and burn the socket wire insulation, making them malfunction. Recessed lighting is typically set up so that several lights are activated by one switch. If the entire set of lights is malfunctioning, you should determine if the wall switch is to blame using a continuity tester.


How To Replace A Recessed Light Fixture

If, however, the other lights are working, it is safe to assume the switch is fine and the light needs to be replaced.

Removing the Recessed Light Fixture
First and foremost, turn off the power to the fixture at your breaker box! Only then should you:

Installing the Recessed Light Fixture
Once you have removed the old fixture (see Removing the Recessed Light Fixture), and with the power still off, you're ready to install the new one.

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Recessed lights work great in bathrooms and kitchens, where the main idea is for the fixture to cast its light and stay out of the way. They have long been used outside of the bathroom and kitchen in any place that calls for a smooth, sleek, and contemporary look.

Find out the easy way to install recessed/can lights in the same spot as the original ceiling light. If you need to change locations, consult this other guide that tells you how to install can lights in different locations.

What Are... Can Lights?

We call it a recessed light because both its housing and bulb are recessed, or sunk, inside the ceiling, past the drywall. It's alternatively called a can light because the bulb is safely enclosed within a type of metal can. This is important because the light is being pushed up into tinder-dry, insulated, rarely-seen attic area; in other words, the perfect environment for fires to start. The housing effectively seals all of this potentially dangerous stuff...

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Given the glut of recent articles on recessed lights (written about here and here), it might be obvious that I ran into this big time on a recent audit. Funny, I accidentally wrote ‘recessed audit’ … as they are on the brain. Recessed lights are attractive, convenient, modern … and a pain in the butt to insulate and air seal. Given the heat concerns, how do you air seal a recessed light? What are the different options for air sealing recessed lighting?

Insulating and Air Sealing Recessed Lights

Recessed lights are rarely perceived as a problem by homeowners. They see sleek, modern light fixtures, not giant uninsulated holes in the building envelope. I’ve mentioned previously, there are two basic flavors of recessed lighting: insulation contact (IC) and non-insulation contact (non-IC).


Non-IC lights throw off so much heat they require a 3 inch moat around them to allow cooling. IC recessed lights run cooler, allowing direct contact with insulation (even...

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How to Replace a Thermocouple on a Recessed Light Fixture. If you have recessed lights in your home, you may notice that one or two of your lights may tend to turn off all by themselves. No, your house is not haunted; it may just be that the thermocouple inside the recessed light is heating up and causing the power to the light to be interrupted. Thermocouples are small, tubular fixtures that get wired between the line and the load of the recessed light, and when the heat builds up, they turn the light off to prevent damage to the wires. The temperature rise can be attributed to a bad thermocouple or your attic's insulation may have come too close to the light fixture. If you have already checked the insulation and it is about 6 inches clear of the light, then odds are the thermocouple needs to be replaced. Here is how to replace a bad thermocouple on a recessed light...

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Common home repairs can be made in your house quite easily. You, requiring only minimal time and effort, can perform the maintenance required. After being presented with a sound method of repair, the necessary tools and materials, and a block of free time, your handiwork can progress. After all, it's expensive to hire a professional and you have to wait until they can fit you in. Why not take the initiative and fix small problems yourself. Anyone can carry out minor home maintenance safely when following the correct procedures.

Replacing a light fixture, whether it is mounted on a wall or ceiling, is one of the simplest forms of home electrical repairs that can be performed. Light fixtures generally only have two wires. These wires are attached to the circuit wires using twist-on wire nuts. It doesn't get much easier than that! However, there are some facts you will need to know before proceeding with any type of electrical repair.

Electricity flows through your home...

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Thank you for the additional information. Just to let you know, depending on the diameter of your can lights, the canopies on the ceiling fans may not cover the holes in the drywall, so there could be drywall patching involved here. Another way to address that is to place a decorative ceiling plate over the hole before installing the fans. The plates are available at any home improvement store in the same department where the fans are located.

As far as installing the fans, you will first need to remove the can lights. Then, you will need to install fan rated junction boxes in the openings. You will likely need the fan boxes that come with an adjustable bracket that fits between the ceiling joists. That way, you can center them in the openings where the can lights were. Again, these boxes are available at any home improvement store. If you tell the clerk what you are looking for, he will know exactly what you need.

When you get the boxes installed and the wires from...

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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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Overview: Solving unanticipated electrical problems

Replacing a light fixture is one of those DIY jobs that’s theoretically quick and simple, but often becomes a three-hour series of problems.

So we talked with two of our master electricians. They’ve seen—and solved—all of those frustrations and offered these tips to help DIYers through the job quicker and safer. We won’t show you here, but this article will walk you through step-by-step on How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture.

Flipping the breaker isn’t enough

Noncontact voltage detector

You don’t have to actually touch a bare wire to check for voltage with this detector. Holding the tip on or close to the wire’s insulation is enough.

Even after you turn off the breaker that controls the light’s circuit, you can still get shocked. How? Some junction boxes contain wiring from multiple circuits. So even if you cut the power to the light fixture, there may still be live wires in the...

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Recessed lighting gives you control over how much light you want in a room, and even which direction you’d like the light to shine. Additionally, many people like the look of square recessed lighting aesthetically. If you want to replace a square recessed lighting fixture, you'll have to do some electrical work.

Step 1

Shut off electricity to the room you will be working in. To remove the old light fixture, use a flat screwdriver to remove the cover of the old fixture and the trim around the light. Remove the light bulb.

Step 2

Remove the ceiling panels from a paneled ceiling, or raise the upper section of the old fixture in ceilings without paneling. Remove the junction box and the upper section of the light fixture. In the junction box, take off the wire connectors and separate the fixture wires from the house wires. Keep the house wires within reach to hook up to the new fixture.

Step 3

Measure the hole left in the ceiling by the old...

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This tutorial provides a guidelines to know what is recessed lighting? and help you to understand the types of recessed lighting when you're choosing recessed lighting fixture and how to pick the suitable parts. In fact, recessed lighting requires you to buy a variety of parts and gather them to get the recessed light fixture, The main components are housing, trim and the bulb. It's helpful if you understand the concept of light layering which are general, task and accent, and also know how to mix them to effectively enhance the lighting design. You should also understand the nature of the place where you need to install the lights, to determine the features that should be provided in the recessed lighting fixture.




Housings

The housing is the container that houses the electrical components and the bulb. They fitted inside the ceiling structure. All trims parts attached to the housing. When choosing recessed lighting you should first choose the housing....

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