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silversport 11-26-2012 10:17 PM

Can lights and PVC drain pipe
Installing IC rated new construction cans in basement and I want to use a joist bay that has a PVC drain pipe running in it. How close can the housing be to PVC. Can they touch?

There were two hidden (covered by drywall) junction boxes in my basement ceiling!

md2lgyk 11-27-2012 07:44 AM

Interesting question. Does the literature that came with the lights say anything about it?

Beepster 11-27-2012 09:08 AM

One would think that if it can be in contact with insulation that it could be in contact with PVC. I would at least want a little separation - say half inch or more. Like md said, read the fine print in the instructions.


silversport 11-27-2012 04:52 PM

I don't see anything in the literature stating they can or cannot contact PVC. They are HALO H7ICAT.

Any other experience with this issue? I'm installing these tonight. Thanks.

silversport 11-28-2012 01:09 PM

Last call for thoughts on this? I'd really like to use this location for desired light spacing but obviously not going to if it's against code. Getting in touch with the inspector in this fine county of 1MM residents is not easy.

The pipe runs approximately down the middle of the cavity so no way to get distance between the pipe and housing without a spacer.

Oso954 11-28-2012 01:48 PM

We could all say what we think, but the real answer should come from Cooper Lighting/Halo. Their number is 770.486.4801

silversport 11-29-2012 08:27 AM

Contacted Cooper Lighting and they said the fixture can safely be in contact with PVC but recommended checking local codes.

I fine tuned the spacing of my lights during installation and didn't have to use that joist bay.

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