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Old 06-25-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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Had a job today adding some spotlights into an existing soffit I had good access from the attic so I used new work potlights and was able to screw them in.

My question is has anyone used retro or old work pot lights in a soffit ? Do the clips clamp down enough ?

Does the soffit hold it adequately or do they look like crap and sag?
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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Clips work fine.
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Depends on the soffit material, right? I imagine in an exterior vinyl soffit they might sag.
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Typical installation would be light guage tin I imagine it would hold fine but I'm not sure I remeber there was a thread about this recently but forgot who the member was that posted it
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I take it to an extreme , if it's vinyl I remove the section, cut a square and mount new work cans. Replace the section and rotozip the opening and the adjust the depth on the can to where the vinyl sags. Otherwise i noticed the cut ins suck sections of soffit up while others have settled in their sag.
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I was on a job where we installed 30 4" Halo LED retros in a sheet metal drop ceiling. The light they delivered was amazing, but the housings hung out of the ceiling a little bit because the clips wouldn't grip something that thin. Luckily they were very high up and nobody could see. Certain styles of trim could hide this, but not your average standard white eyeball or regressed. If you had a Contrast style housing, with screw-down clips, it would probably hold just fine. Springy Halo-type clips wouldn't give you the same fit.

Not sure about making the soffit itself sag though. Seems like a new construction housing would probably be the best at preventing that if there's access.
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In most cases I remove the clips and put screws through the clip holes into the 1 by 4.
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It's the trim that worries me. During pressure washing they could be blown right out the can. Wasp is a problem here also if the cans aren't turned on enough they find their way in through the siding and the trim. This is a trend putting the lights in the sofit lately. Every other house wants them.
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Thanks for the input everyone I might try it out on a piece of soffit I have around before I cut a hole in a customers soffit. Today was no problem using new work cans but I won't always be that lucky
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