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Installing Recessed Lighting in Old Hous

Postby Chenos on Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:39 am

I’m planning to install some 4″ and 5″ recessed cans in my 1926 house. I have good attic access, etc.

I presume that I’ll install the remodel fixtures, but have some questions.

The ceilings are faced with sheetrock, but I suspect that there are lath and plaster behind the 1/4″ sheetrock. Should I plan the install any different than regular sheetrock? What about the trim, etc?

How does one cut the holes for the cans? Do they have some large hole-saw contraption? Do you just use a regular jigsaw?

Finally, as I look at fixture options I see fluorescent, low voltage, line level, and halogen options… are the latter (line level & halogens) just different bulbs one puts in the same fixture? Fluorescents are out because I can’t dim them..and want that….

Any recommendations regarding brands, compatible dimmers, etc?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book/article on installing recessed lighting?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Installing Recessed Lighting in Old Hous

Postby trackrealty on Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:43 am

This is good idea to install some 4″ and 5″ recessed cans in yous old home but it is depend on your home location and architecture of your home. Your home must has good location like Saratoga Springs, NY.
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