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Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by MarkB Poor Design impossible to install.
I used these 5 years ago and I was very satisfied and installed them without any problems. But not now after their redesign. Its impossible to install them. It takes mucho muscles and bending/enlarging clip holes. Clips are impossible to install. It took me 20 min per can. I had to bend clips, enlarge main 5" hole, enlarge the hole where the clips go. I would have returned them but I had 7 of them already nicely wired up.
Go with the other brand. No more Halo !!!!! WHO DESIGNED or manufactured these should be fired.!!!!
Home depot corporate - stop selling these!!!!!
November 3, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by Starmapper Functional, but hard to install
For what it does, it works. It's not particularly well built, but since it goes above a ceiling you don't really care. However, it is a PAIN to install in a ceiling even SLIGHTLY thicker than 1/2". Although the instructions say it will do 5/8" ceilings, it doesn't - unless you carefully remove and bend all the spring clips. Bend too much and clip breaks; too little and it will NOT clamp on the ceiling service. Seems to me a slight change in manufacturing to add a separate set of "slots' for the clips when using 5/8" or thicker ceilings would eliminate the problem entirely, and make installation a breeze. There aren't many choices out there for old-work light installation kits - but look hard before you choose this option.
February 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by JayM Easy to install once you figure out 1 clip
I had the same frustrations for a little while trying to push the clips out with my fingers which proved impossible. Then a light bulb went off (no pun intended). The reviewer from 1/28/13 is spot on. There's a little ledge on the clip (under the grey insulating tape) where you can put a flathead screwdriver on it (not under it). Place the flathead on it perpendicular to the little ledge, then hammer it towards the wall of the can, which will push the clip outward. Dont wail away, just firm taps w/ the hammer. Once you have the clip against the can, put the screwdriver under that little ledge and hammer up to lock the clip. Once you get one down you'll realize how simple it is and the rest will be a breeze.
September 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by banda7689 Good Housing...after you figure out how to install the clips.
These are good quality can lights but it took me about five cans before I really figured out how to easily install the clips. You don't need to bend the clips or the housing and there is nothing wrong with the design. The problem lies in the fact that the lower portion of the clip (t-section) has to slide down between the housing and the drywall to properly (easily) lock in place.
If you use a 5 1/2" hole saw to make a precision cut, when the housing is pushed up into the hole, there is no space for the t-section of the clip to slide, and this is the reason that it won't snap in place. The easiest way to remedy this is to push the housing up into the hole and get it where you want it, then take a small 90 degree pick and scratch out some of the drywall near the bottom of the housing where the clips go. It doesn't have to be a lot just enough for the clip to slide down.
If you do this, the clips will snap down easily and then you can take a flat blade screwdriver and just slide the clip up locking it in place.
Also you can buy some #14-3/4" screws to secure the clip to the housing. This makes the installation very secure and I did this as well. I will caution you that the clip has to be slid up in the housing before driving the screw in though. You can't just use the screw to lock the clip down if it keeps popping up. The screw will not hold if you try to drive it into the t-secion of the housing.
I found that I damaged quite a bit of the foam when installing these, so I bought some aluminum tape, like you use on sheet metal duct work and put a piece over each clip to make the housing more air tight. You can also use this tape to seal up other areas of the housing. If you get the clips installed correctly, you may not need to bother with the screws as this will be fairly secure.
November 9, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by kart22 You must be smarter than the clips
The clips are little bit of a pain if you don't understand how they work. You need to push a flat head screw driver though the insulating tape so that it catches on the small tab under it . Then you need to hit the screw driver with a hammer so as to push the clip out (flush with the wall of the can) and then upward so the clip slides up the slot to lock in place. My dad, who's been a electrician for over 35 years and who has installed hundreds of Halo can was totally frustrated. I'm an engineer though and figured it with a little trial and error.
January 28, 2013