insulating recessed lights

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by possum, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. possum

    possum New Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    western pa
    can you insulate around recessed lights or will they over heat any info will be helpful and what kind of insulation should i use
  2. GabeS

    GabeS Remodel Contractor

    Jan 10, 2007
    Remodel contractor
    Brooklyn NY
    The recessed lighting must be insulation compatible or else they can overheat. There should say something like IC on it. Not sure about the minimum free space requirement if they are not rated IC.
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  4. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Aug 17, 2008
    Hand copper part cleaned ready to go
    Flagstaff, AZ Sitting on an upside down 5 gallon b
    OK, I have old copies of the family handyman and the one I was reading the other day said to avoid "nuisance tripping" keep insulation off the housing of recessed lights. They showed a wire mesh that allowed some distance between the light and the fixture.
    Hope the pic posts:

    check your PM's possum
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2008
  5. jar546

    jar546 In the Trades

    Feb 20, 2008
    They must be IC rated and installed for the IC rating which means that you are limited to what trim kit and bulb you can install. All of the information should be on the fixture itself. It there is no information then it is not IC rated.
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