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Old 01-06-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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3" Remodel Recessed Lighting Question - Code


I intended to install Lowe's Utilitech 3" Non-IC White Gimbal Recessed Kits in a 4 light array under a soffit in my basement. The soffit encases part of the plumbing stack (metal pipes - main plumbing stack), a black PVC pipe running away from the stack and of course some 2x4 housing. There is NO insulation in or near where I've cut the holes.
I can't get a consistent answer on this, I even called HD's commercial electric provider (Utilitech is now Catalina Lighting and has no phone number), and still can't get a consistent answer:

Is is prudent or safe to install non-IC lights in an area near pipes if there is enough clearance? What about new (couple of inches clearance) to the black PVC pipes?

My alternative is to use IC and damp rated remodel cans from Twice Bright which are 25W or non-IC rate 50W cans from the same company which are extremely low profile (4" vs. 6" on the Utilitech's).

Advice would be greatly appreciated - this is the final step in a massive basement redo and I'm ready to be done with it. Thanks.

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You are fine.
Non ic rated lights need 3" from insulation in most cases.

No reason to use damp rated anything.
If the soffit is wet, light will be the least or your problems.

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Thanks, appreciate the info. And, agree with the wet comment. House is 50+ years old and in the 25 I've been here no leaks. Always wondered in non-IC settings why drywall isn't considered 'combustable' but ...

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