Elco Lighting EL1499RS Recessed Lighting Can, 4" Low Voltage Non-IC Airtight & Shallow Housing - for Remodel
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About this Product
The EL1499RS low voltage remodel housing has a shallow height of 3 5/8" allows this housing to be used in applications with low clearance. The integral magnetic transformer converts line voltage to 12V removing the need for a remote transformer.
For use with 4" Low Voltage Recessed Trims in:
• Brushed Nickel
Solves a unique problem
This is a unique item. It is one of the few recessed lighting housings on the market that can be installed in a ceiling which is constructed from 2x4s (not 2x6s or 2x8s). The quality of the housing and the trim (1421C) are very good. I have no complaints. In fact, the clip system for securing the housing works much better than the ones I've used on Halo equipment.
The only downsides: in a shallow (2x4) ceiling such as this and such a small hole, it is very hard to insert the housing into the ceiling. 90-degree clamps were necessary for the electric connections and they had to be positioned only on certain punchout positions or the fixture could not make it into the ceiling. I found it best to remove the screw at the top of the housing, thus detaching the circuit box from the fixture made things easier. This probably violates some rule but it was the only option I could figure out so that the fixture could be clipped in level with the ceiling. If I was designing this from scratch, the transformer would be positioned elsewhere, permitting electrical connections on the end of the device so that the cable clamps and cables can go into the ceiling hole first. This would make insertion much much easier.
In conclusion - if you have a 2x4 ceiling this is one of your few options. The housing works and is of good quality. It is just a little fussy to install.
on 01-06-2011 by Los Gatos DIYer
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Questions & Answers
What size hole is required for this fixture.
The ceiling Ceiling Opening should be : 4 1/4”
-Lamp: MR16-50W 12V
can the halo and elco trim kits for the 4" low voltage housings be interchanged between brands?
If you are replacing one fixture with another fixture (housing only), you should be fine, as long as the voltage and amperage matches the new fixture, and the new fixture is rated for remodeled installation (not New Construction).
In regards to trims, some are specific, and some utilize more generic types of retension springs / hooks that allow for a more universal application. For more specific on which housing and trim you are looking to update, call us at 1-877-998-9378 (M-F 8a-4p PST) and a specialist can assist to make sure the correct item is ordered.
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