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Old 07-18-2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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I dont know if this is the right place for this question or not but here we go.

I have an unfinished attic space and I want to add some lights up there for the times when I need to get up there to do some work. I have everything ready for wiring and even have some lights. However, I did not install the lights because they say not for indoor use. General info is that they are 150w mini halogen flood lights. I know halogens general alot of heat and just wondering if they are safe to use up in the attic with all that insulation? The boxes are mounted up on the supports and are a good 4-5' away from the insulation. I am also wondering if it is safe to use the plastic New work boxes or if i need to use metal boxes?
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Only problem might be the nasty burn you might get if you bump into the lights. a keyless and CFL would be very green... Energy wise?
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So do you really need to ask if you can install them indoors?

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So do you really need to ask if you can install them indoors?
yes, because this is not really an indoor enviroment. this is an enclosed enviroment.

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yes, because this is not really an indoor enviroment. this is an enclosed enviroment.
Is there a difference? not being a wise ass just trying to figure out your logic behind, dont use indoors... IMO, you have two locations, your either indoors or your outdoors.
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A 150w bulb with a surface area like that of an orange doesn't get too hot, but it is above 55C.
If the surface area of your halogen is like that of plum, you can almost calculate how much hotter it will be.
You might need a cage around that bulb.
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I would not want a light fixture that generates that much heat in a dry attic. Just my 2 cents. I understand that you have them and would like to use them some how. Better to be safe. Good luck on what you decide BOB
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Lets try living in the world we really live in, So after your house catches on fire and you call your insurance company, are you going to tell them you installed outdoor fixtures indoors? They will have it all figured out regardless and not owe you a penny... Life sucks but thats just the way it is.
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i don't like them ,,,unless it freezing
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If they're not listed for indoor use, there is a reason for it.

The danger that I see is that over a number of years wood can become somewhat pyrophoric. The water content gets very low and the ability of the wood to ignite at lower-than-normal temperatures increases.

I would not want them in my attic, just because I might accidentally leave them on. They're not going to dissipate heat in the attic like they would be able to outdoors.
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" I did not install the lights because they say not for indoor use."

There are plenty of lights rated for your use. It would be a good idea to use one of those. Semantics aside.
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