June 10, 2015
Fairly well constructed, mostly easy to install, very stable when in place. Bought 6 of these housings to add lights to a master bedroom. Installation instructions call for a 5-1/2" hole. I bought a hole saw for this. I considered a 5-1/4" hole saw, thinking that a 5" housing didn't need much extra clearance-- that would have been a HUGE mistake. These housings need every nanometer of a 5-1/2" hole-- nothing smaller would work. As it was, a 5-1/2" hole still left you having to wiggle and force the housing in a bit. That's okay-- forcing it a little didn't damage the housing at all, and ensured a really tight and stable fit! Just be sure you stick with 5-1/2" hole saw! And-- do yourself a favor: don't try to cut a hole by hand from the template. You'll take way longer, make a much bigger mess, end up with a hole that isn't precisely round (will leave gaps), etc. etc. etc...
Biggest complaint (really *only* complaint) about this housing is how difficult it was to deploy the anchor clips. Perhaps my ceiling sheetrock is thicker than average, I don't know. But I found that out of 24 anchor clips (4 each on 6 cans), I could deploy the anchor with just my finger strength only two times. The other 22 anchors required mechanical force with a small bar clamp that I turned backwards. The bar clamp popped the clips into place reasonably well-- but I did break 3 or 4 of them (snapped the metal). It's okay-- with a hole that was cut with a hole saw, the cans were plenty snug enough that having only 3 clips (only 2 in one case) was actually sufficient to make the housing very very stable and secure. I tested this from above (in the attic) as well-- all six cans are rock solid.
One weird thing-- the housing has TWO ground wires-- one for the socket and one for the housing. They used quick-connect clips for all the electrical connections-- seems like it would have been easy and straightforward for them to use a single 4-connector clip for ground, and put the two ground wires in that clip. Instead, they put each of the two ground wires in their own 3-connector clip, requiring you to jumper them together, or twist the Romex ground leads together leaving both ends exposed for attaching to each of the two clips, or (if you are at the last can in your group), clipping the quick-connect clips off both ground wires and reverting to a good ol' wire nut. Just an unnecessary and strange choice that wastes some time during installation...
Easy to wire (mostly).
Cons:Anchor clips are quite hard to deploy (impossible by hand, if sheetrock is thick).
Ground wires for socket and housing are not bonded together, leaving you with two ground wires to futz with. Complicates installation unnecessarily.