Quick question, I have a troffer light that I think is designed to lay
in a tbar grid. How can I install this if I don't actually have a
suspended ceiling? My first pass was to screw blocks to the ceiling
joists that the little hangers could latch onto but wondering if there
is a better way to do it.
If the fixture referenced is one that was designed to fit inside the
suspended ceiling rails and styles (for lack of the exact term for those 't'
shaped parts that are suspended from wires), I would say that 1. you
certainly could fasten them in with screws, and 2, you might gain a better
finished appearance were you to design a frame it would drop into and fix
that to the joists or rafters as the case may be.
I copped a few of those out of a dumpster years ago and constructed a simple
frame that held the fixture while allowing the "door" to swing down to
access the bulbs and change or clean the plastic lens.
But, when I did my shop lighting, I installed duplex outlets along the
ceiling and used simple, cheap two-bulb shoplights that hang from chains and
plug in to my ceiling-mounted duplex outlets. The ballast replacement is
more expensive than replacing the entire fixture so it seemed better to have
easily replaceable fixtures hanging about in the shop.
Hope that helps
I'm not sure of the exact definition but I think Troffer refers to a
recessed fixture, so instead of dangling down from the ceiling it's
installed flush and are typically used in suspended ceiling type
Well I finally managed to get this thing hung, I had blocks screwed to
the joists that the little hangers snagged onto, and then I drilled a
few more holes in it and screwed it directly to the joists. I think for
the second one instead of blocks I'll use something more along the
lines of cleats. Finished appearence looks great because the roof is
drywalled and I went troffer because
I didn't want to sacrifice ceiling height (I've already take out a few
of the shoplights with big sheets) The shop is definitely coming along
though, just finished putting double outlets every four feet and have a
retractable extension cord coming down from the ceiling. Once the
lights are in I can start putting some decent storage/worksurfaces in
and I'll be all set.
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