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Old 02-20-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Pot light clearance and gas line


I am installing 3" pot lights in my bsmt in a suspended ceiling. Some of the lights will also go into a soffit. The ceiling will not be insulated. One of the lights will come very close (less than 1 inch) to a black iron pipe that carries gas to the fireplace. Is this an issue? Also, placement of the pot lights in the ctr of the suspended ceiling tile will result in the top of the pot light housing being very close to the bottom of the joist (1/4" or less). The lights are non IC and have the electrical box connection about 4" off the side of the fixture at a right angle. I am concerned about the heat coming off the lights in proximity to the joist. Is there a space requirement by code for clearance to the joist? The lights contain GU-10 50W bulbs and I am located in Ontario, Canada. Appreciate any input as big box store advice is inconsistent and I cannot find answers in the simplified electrical code book.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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as far as the distance to the light from the gas line, I don't know, but i would get the sealed, insulated can lights

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Whether it's code or not move one of them to another bay so you won't think about it the rest of your life.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:32 AM   #4
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In Ontario the space requirments ,above the potlights, to any combustable material is 1/2".
The gas line is rigid pipe,right?
Not a concern in that case but if it is flexible pipe - move it!
If you are not comfortable with the distance - move it.

Do the pot lights have thermal limiters/cutouts. If they were the cheap ones offered by the big box stores then probably not.
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Just thinking outside the box...if those are the mini halogen lights, why not switch the bulbs then? You can get the same style bulb in an LED....much less power used and little to no heat.

I will be using 30 of them when I finish my basement. The bulbs are around $10 each, but maybe you can find them cheaper in bulk somewhere online. Im not planning to switch the halogen bulbs immediately, but will do them as they burn out.
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In Ontario the space requirments ,above the potlights, to any combustable material is 1/2".
The gas line is rigid pipe,right?
Not a concern in that case but if it is flexible pipe - move it!
If you are not comfortable with the distance - move it.

Do the pot lights have thermal limiters/cutouts. If they were the cheap ones offered by the big box stores then probably not.
Thanks for your input. Gas pipe is rigid (black iron) so that should not be a problem. Lights are from a big box store (Rona) but they are not the cheapest and do have thermal cutouts. Again, thanks for the valuable advice.

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