Recessed lights are categorized by their size. The most common residential sizes are 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch. This leads to the common question; “What is this size is actually referring to?”
The answer is it’s the size of the inside diameter of the housing (aka “can”) with the trim or LED module removed. A common mistake is to measure the outside of the trim which will give you a larger (inaccurate) measurement.
How to Measure What Size Recessed Lights you Have
A Few Notes
Housings sizes can vary a little between manufacturers, but they should measure close to a whole number – either 3″, 4″, 5″, or 6″.
Many LED Retrofit modules come in 5/6-inch size which means they have an adjustment that allows them to fit either 5-inch or 6-inch housings.