Recessed lighting hanger bars

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Andrew, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    I'm installing recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling of my second
    floor (below the third floor--hence no insulation) in an old
    Philadelphia house. The problem I've run into is that the hanger bars
    for the fixtures collapse to 14 inches, but the beams are only 12
    inches apart. This is essentially "new construction" because I've
    removed all of the old plaster ceiling and will be replacing it with
    sheet rock. I can see a few possible solutions. One is that I create
    new beams by installing 2x4s between the beams at 14-16 inches apart
    and then hanging the fixtures as I would if I were working with modern
    beams on 16 inch centers. Another option would be to modify the
    hanger bars with a hacksaw to make them collapse to 12 inches. Or, I
    could look out for some specialty fixtures that would fit. Finally, I
    could take the Home Depot attendant's advice and "just let 'em sit on
    top of the sheetrock" (which I'm extremely disinclined to do for a
    number of reasons). I would appreciate any guidance. Thanks,

    Andrew
    Andrew, Feb 3, 2004
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  2. Andrew

    AJScott Guest

    In article <f6YTb.23305$>,
    "Daniel L. Belton" <> wrote:

    > The best option would be to place the 2x4's between the joists and mount
    > the fixtures to them. I wouldn't let the fixtures just sit on top of
    > the sheetrock like the HD guy said...


    Uh, but it seems to me that putting 2x4 between the joists doesn't
    remedy the fact that this guy is trying to shoehorn 16" wide hangars
    into a 12" wide space.

    Unless maybe you're talking about screwing 2x4s along the length of the
    joists and attaching the hangars length-wise. But that would be kinda
    silly, seeing as how the cans fit pretty nicely that way without 2x4s.
    But if someone was intent on hanging something inside those joists and
    mounting the cans sideways, you'd get by far less expensively by hanging
    1-bys -- but then, the cans wouldn't fit.

    AJS
    AJScott, Feb 4, 2004
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