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Bulbs in recessed lights won't sit straight...

post #1 of 7
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Last weekend I put in 6 6" recessed lights in my "movie room"... I went with a contractor pack of airtight IC lights that fit my low budget.

Anyway - after installing the trim rings I noticed that the springs pull the bulb mounting surface down at an angle pretty badly... so when a bulb is installed I get this look:


If I stick a physically bigger bulb in - it looks slightly better, because the bulb contacts the inside of the trim piece and gets pushed straight... that doesn't seem safe to me:


The surface the bulb screws into is attached via L bracket to the inside edge of the can where there is an adjustment wing nut to adjust for bulb depth. The trim/ring piece attaches via spring to the top part of the L, which pulls it down on the side that is not attached to the side of the can.
I thought of 2 options - but I wanted to see if there are better thoughts: 1) add some small metal rings (that my wife has for scrapbooking) to the attachment of the springs to the trim to decrease the tension. 2) Run a screw through the side of the can to stop the edge from being pulled down - but I am not sure if that is a good idea.

Is there anything you guys can think of that would fix this problem?

Note: I intend to use the smaller bulb size - we have over 50 recessed lights in the house... there are 8 in the master bathroom alone - controlled by 5 switches... someone was a little light crazy when they designed this place. They all use the smaller bulbs, so for ease in replacement I would like to keep using the smaller ones in the movie room if I can get it to look right.
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Originally Posted by PTAaron View Post

The trim/ring piece attaches via spring to the top part of the L, which pulls it down on the side that is not attached to the side of the can.
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Hey PTAaron,
Try attaching the other end of the spring to the slots on the side of the can. I think that's how they are supposed to be installed.
Rich
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Javatime View Post


Hey PTAaron,
Try attaching the other end of the spring to the slots on the side of the can. I think that's how they are supposed to be installed.
Rich

I tried the side slots - the rings dont sit flush to the tiles that way... Directions specify using the "keyhole slots" at the top.
It would make more sense to use the sides though.
post #4 of 7
The L brackets where the socket is mounted should be easy to move and bend slightly in order to center the socket. It looks like they be bent and easy enough to reshape.
post #5 of 7
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Yeah, they bend very easily - the force of the springs pulls then right down.

Maybe I need to bend them so they start out angled up above where I want them to end up...
post #6 of 7
I have a similar problem that I have yet to dig into and fix on my exterior can lights. My plan was to just get rid of the spring clips on the trim rings and silicone the rings directly to the soffit. I don't see why something similar wouldn't work for you, unless it is against some obnoxious, obscure part of the electrical code.
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Originally Posted by mbarland View Post

I have a similar problem that I have yet to dig into and fix on my exterior can lights. My plan was to just get rid of the spring clips on the trim rings and silicone the rings directly to the soffit. I don't see why something similar wouldn't work for you, unless it is against some obnoxious, obscure part of the electrical code.

I was thinking glue may be an option... Good idea.
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