Recessed lights and insulation hazard

fandlilMarch 7, 2010

We have 2 recessed lights in our vaulted ceiling in the living room and one in the kitchen. The house was built in 1985. We are planning to upgrade the insulation above the vaulted ceiling. We're concerned that if the job is not done right and the new insulation touches the light fixtures there could be a fire hazard.

Should we replace the recessed fixtures and, if so, what kind should be get?

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brighton

Pull a can. If its "IC" (insulated ceiling) its designed to accommodate insulation butting up to the can. If not, then you have a fire hazard if you add insulation to the ceiling.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 3:58AM
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stacys

Non IC rated housing generally need 3" of space on all sides. If you are adding insulation, you can make barriers/box around the housing 3" away to hold back the insulation without changing the housing.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 1:23PM
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