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sheilalr 04-08-2011 12:00 PM

fire hazard???
We just moved into a new (30 yr old) bungalow. When I went into the attic with an insulation contractor, we found the 27 potlights were not installed properly.
Instead of the ones for insulated attics they were the ones without the extra top to protect against fire. Someone suggested I put aluminum roasting pans on top of the potlights to make it safe but I am not sure. Can anyone help?

bob22 04-08-2011 02:03 PM

Yes, you need to get the right lights for contact with insulation or move the insulation from around/over the lights as per instructions.
Keep the roasting pans in the kitchen where they might be useful.

Red Squirrel 04-08-2011 02:22 PM

You need a material that will not conduct heat, but can resist it. Maybe you can use some kind of cement board or something.

Idealy, you'd want to remove those and install new pot lights that are UL approved for use in that situation. A cheap alternative is to use only CFL lamps in them, the heat will not be enough to be dangerous. They can still get rather hot to the touch, but I doubt they can get hot enough to ignite anything.

Jim Port 04-08-2011 02:24 PM

They don't always need the extra housing. You need to check to see if the housing are IC rated.

If they are not IC rated you will need a 3" clearance around the fixture. This will increase your energy costs do to heat and cold leakage.

sheilalr 04-08-2011 03:19 PM

Ah ha!
Thanks for your help everyone. I will check the housing and see the rating. Meanwhile, I have spent much time researching this online and found that sells a product that one can install after the fact to solve my problem. It will cost me about $350 but then I will be able to sleep soundly!
The company is called Tenmat and they sell a recessed light cover for about $15 each. I have already ordered them.

So if you hear of anyone else with this issue, please pass it along.

Thanks again everyone. Have a great weekend.

Pudge565 04-09-2011 09:51 PM

If these lights are not IC rated DO NOT use those covers. Here is why it states, "the Tenmat firebox for recessed lighting and downlights acts as a fire barrier, but also serves as a thermal insulator, significantly reducing air flow and heat loss through the recessed ligth fixture." This is the reason that the non IC lights can not be insulated so that air can circulate around the fixture and cool it off.

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