Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-08-2011, 12:00 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 3
Share |
Default

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?

sheilalr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Near Philly
Posts: 1,986
Default

fire hazard???


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.

bob22 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to bob22 For This Useful Post:
sheilalr (04-08-2011)
Old 04-08-2011, 02:22 PM   #3
Wire Chewer
 
Red Squirrel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,200
Default

fire hazard???


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.
Red Squirrel is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Red Squirrel For This Useful Post:
sheilalr (04-08-2011)
Old 04-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #4
Licensed electrician
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,411
Default

fire hazard???


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.
__________________
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
Jim Port is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Jim Port For This Useful Post:
sheilalr (04-08-2011)
Old 04-08-2011, 03:19 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 3
Default

fire hazard???


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 Amazon.com 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.
sheilalr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2011, 09:51 PM   #6
Electrician's Helper
 
Pudge565's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 202
Send a message via AIM to Pudge565
Default

fire hazard???


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.

__________________
There is no such thing as a stupid question, but there is such a thing as an ignorant person, with a question, trying to learn.
Pudge565 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fire hazard, installation, pot lights


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is this a fire hazard and how bad? boxer0987 General DIY Discussions 3 01-18-2011 12:21 PM
Wiring OK? Fire hazard? Wirefire Electrical 19 12-15-2009 01:08 PM
Fire Hazard worry on Low wattage recessed lights usng 50w halogen bulbs jomieblumreich Electrical 7 08-15-2009 04:20 PM
Is this thing safe? possible fire hazard? santawatt Electrical 3 06-25-2008 10:05 PM
Do I have a Fire Hazard with New Recessed Lights - Help! Christy Electrical 8 05-08-2006 07:31 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.