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Old 10-15-2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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I am involved in a bathroom remodel....

I have recently installed 5" ceiling can lights in my shower. After installing the 2 can lights we relaized that they were non-ic rated. I purchased the cans at my local Lowe's and they do not carry 5" IC rated cans. Do I have any options other than changing to 6" IC rated cans, and having to try and recut and fit the larger cannisters?

The cans are cut through sitting against a truss on the east side. the trusses are on 24" centers. I have atleast 18" of clearance in all directions. The crawl space has anywhere from 18" to 36" of clearance above the cannisters. My crawl space has approximately knee deep insulation.

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why do you need IC rated... isn't that only if you have insulation between the ceiling joists? normally we don't have that... if you don't have that... why do you need IC rated?

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Old 10-16-2008, 03:51 PM   #3
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The crawl space is insulated between the joists. The insulation is blown in and approximately knee deep.

Any suggestions, or can I use the non-ic rated?
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Go to a local electrical supply house and get 5" insulated cans.
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410.116 says that non-ic can be used, but the recessed parts must be 1/2 in. away from combustible materials.
(NEC 2008)
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:43 AM   #6
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And the instructions of non-IC cans say to keep insulation 3" away.
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Thank-you for the information. I will clear the insulation away and build a flashing guard.
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Thank-you for the information. I will clear the insulation away and build a flashing guard.

If the insulation is required to be installed, then removing it is only creating another violation.
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