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Old 02-20-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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Hi,

we purchased some recessed lighting from Home Depot and noticed that it stated Non-IC.

We currently have R31 in our attic and these recess lights are installed already.

is this a dangerous practice. some of these recessed lights are low voltage.

please advice.

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Non-IC lights says it all
Insulation shall not contact the lights.
If you examine IC lights, all they amount to is an enclosure around the light to keep the insulation off the light.
Enclose the lights with sheet metal, use some other method or remove the insulation from around the lights..

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Thanks for the reply Robert.

I know the lights in some rooms are non-IC. some others I don't recall and the contractor is out of state now.

how can I tell if they are non-IC?

should I create a sheet metal enclosure for the non-IC lights? what is the least expensive way to go about it?

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maybe least expensive, and certainly most energy efficient way to do what you need to do is replace the lights.

Purpose if the sheet metal is to keep the insulation away from the lights so they do not over heat. No insulation means heat loss and drafts.

I recommend getting the right lamps. Donate the old ones to Habitat or I can tell you where to send them for a tax write-off for disaster relief rebuilding. Or, if you are less charitable try selling them on ebay.
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how can I tell if they are non-IC?
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IC - Metal "Box-like" housing over the actual can. You reallu can't even see the shape of the can, which is inside it...

Non IC - Just the can itself (with the mounting rod brackets attached to it)
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Not all IC cans are alike. Lightolier Lytecaster have a sheet metal box around the can, Lytenings have NO outer box. In fact Lightolier Lytening cans are the same for IC and non-IC.

Halo cans are physically the same for IC and non. The ICs are silver as opposed to white and have a baffle above the socket.
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My suggestion would be to replace the lights or remove the insulation some lights will burn even though the gasses in the bulb have escaped many of these type also have transformers in the can building unpropely vented cans can cause fires

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