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#72767 - 12/08/06 11:44 AM Recessed Ceiling Light Fixtures
wendel Offline

Registered: 08/07/04
Posts: 57
Would someone kindly point me to a catalog of residential recessed lighting fixtures that are not "thick" (depth? height?). By thick I mean they don't stick up into the ceiling cavity very far. A typical 'can' recessed fixture may go ~6". With 2x6 or 2x8 joists from which the ceiling ia hung, that's not a problem. I'm looking for small lights, most likely halogen, that onlu go maybe 1 to 2 inches into the ceiling cavity. Any thoughts welcomed. This is not a DIY project. I'm just gathering ideas for an architect.

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#72768 - 12/08/06 12:05 PM Re: Recessed Ceiling Light Fixtures
REW Offline

Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 30
Loc: Sykesville, Maryland
3" is about the most shallow you will find.

try this:

#72769 - 12/08/06 12:15 PM Re: Recessed Ceiling Light Fixtures
mhulbert Offline

Registered: 10/19/04
Posts: 133
Loc: Anaheim, CA USA
1-2" is going to be tough! An MR16 bulb alone is almost 2" tall, and oyu still have to deal with the socket and housing. Ahat is above the ceiling? If it's combustible, you'll need an IC unit, or have to maintain 3" clearance.

Would a "puck" type light work for you? It's not recessed, but is small. I'd use a honeycomb filter on it to reduce glare.

The other option I can think of is Fiber Optics. They certainly would work with your size limitations, at increased costs though. Try:

Here's a few links to get you started with small electric fixures:

Let us know a more detailed description of your application, and we may be able to help more.


#72770 - 12/08/06 12:45 PM Re: Recessed Ceiling Light Fixtures
earlydean Offline

Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 749
Loc: Griswold, CT, USA
Have the carpenter build you a soffit to install the fixtures within

#72771 - 12/09/06 01:29 PM Re: Recessed Ceiling Light Fixtures
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By earlydean:
Have the carpenter build you a soffit to install the fixtures within

What he said.

#72772 - 12/09/06 04:39 PM Re: Recessed Ceiling Light Fixtures
BigB Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 725
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
Nora Lighting has a line called "Solutions". They are small, like under cabinet lighting, and the instructions allow ceiling installation (Non IC). They only require about 3/4". They use a 20 watt lamp.


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