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Old 10-15-2007, 05:08 PM   #1
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Recessed Lighting - IC or Non IC


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I've decided on using some 5" lights from Halo (new construction) with the eyeball trim. They (Lowes) have both IC and Non IC units and almost the same price.The joists 16" o.c and with R30 Batt Insulation - Faced. Is it better to get the "Non IC" just to be safe or does it matter? I'm probably going with the small 50 watt Halogen bulbs and all will be on a dimmer.


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Better, much better to get the "ic".

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Andy is right. If you have insulation in the joist bays, IC is the ONLY way to go.
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Is it better to get the "Non IC" just to be safe or does it matter?
I don't get it.
If there is insulation present how can a non-IC (In Contact) can be "safer"???

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Not sure about everyone else, but where I live we actually have energy/building codes, so to remove the insulation for a non-IC type can would be a violation, not only that, why on earth would you want to raise your heating/cooling costs?
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