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Can you put recessed lights in a drop ceiling ?

Can you put recessed lights in a drop ceiling ?

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Absolutely! I assume that you are referring to an acoustical grid/tile ceiling. Most recessed can lights come with adjustable mounting arms that can either be nailed between joists, or in your case snapped over the grid main runners. Make sure that you follow the minimum safe clearances for your particular light. By that I mean make sure that you don't install your light too close to combustible materials. This should be labeled on the light itself at a minimum. If in doubt consult an electrician. Good luck!
Apr 14, 2017
Can Lights For Drop Ceiling
Apr 14, 2017
Personally I think a drop ceiling actually makes it easier. Wiring can be a little bit of a pain, because you can't walk above the ceiling on the joists, but you'd be amazed what a fishing pole can help with during home improvement. Running wires in a drop ceiling with non removable ceiling tiles is deffiently a two man job though (unless you're compleatly re-doing the drop ceiling.) I've actually seen some really creative ways to wire drop ceilings, one of the most fun was running a pull string with an RC car, then again we did lose one RC car some where in the guy's ceiling, but it actually worked fairly well.
Apr 14, 2017
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Apr 14, 2017
Sure - there are even cans with adjustable metal mounting brackets that are designed to lock onto the T-bar grid. Makes installation a snap. Remember that CODE requires cabling to be supported above such a ceiling, independant from the ties that hold the ceiling. I am always annoyed when I open a ceiling tile and find bundles of cable lying on the grid because a lazy installer didn't bother to support his work.
Apr 14, 2017

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