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Old 02-23-2014, 08:06 AM   #1
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I am thinking about changing out my recessed lights with these LED retrofit:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-...-E26/204412186

My question is whether these retrofits will help minimize sound transmission. Given that they are more sealed than the typical recess lights with bulb, I didn't know it would help. I doubt it but just curious if people have experienced less noise being transmitted between floors. Thanks
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Sound transmission because of the recessed? I've never heard that one before. I doubt you'll notice any difference at all.
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There is 6" hole in the ceiling so I can't imagine sound not transmitting via recessed can lights.
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If you installed recessed in a 1st floor ceiling, I'll bet you wouldn't be able to notice a difference in sound before and after the installation.

Now if you were talking about lamps going bad due to vibration from the 2nd floor, the LED's will make a world of difference.
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Over the years I've installed recessed lighting (with the help of my licensed electrician buddy) in a family room, living room, foyer, kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. All of those rooms were on the first floor. The kitchen, living room and bathroom had rooms above them on the second floor and in all honesty, I never noticed any increase in sound transmission after installation of the lights. I'm not saying you won't...but I never did. Yes, if the LED cans are more sealed in theory there should be less sound transmission. But in reality, I doubt that it'll be anything noticeable. However, if sound transmission is a problem for you, they make cans designed to come in direct contact with insulation. Might it be possible to put some insulation up in the joist bays to envelope the can? In the past I've used a strategy where I cut a trough in the ceiling across all the joist bays to give me access to each bay. I had a top-notch drywall guy who was able to patch the ceiling and make it look brand new. (Of course, since I've learned from him...now I'm able to a professional job myself.) Good Luck!
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Thank you. Yes, I have IC can lights with R19 fiberglass. I do have hardwood floor on the 2nd floor which doesn't seem to help my situation.
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