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Recessed lights and insulation hazard

Posted by haus_proud (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 7, 10 at 18:58

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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RE: Recessed lights and insulation hazard

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.

RE: Recessed lights and insulation hazard

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.

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