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Old 07-01-2013, 02:15 AM   #1
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Do recessed pot light fixtures installed into aluminum soffits needs to be IC or non-IC?

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It's highly doubtful that your soffits are insulated.

Either IC or non-IC rated cans should be fine.

HOWEVER, you should be more concerned with using fixtures that are listed for use in damp or wet locations.

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It's a new garage I'm building myself. The attic will be insulated but the soffits kept clear with cardboard baffles.

I bought IC rated suitable for indoor/outdoor and damp locations at Lowes. JUNO brand I believe. This sound ok?
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I think I know the ones your talking about....are they the smaller ones with the integrated trim or larger where you can select your own trim?

I have some outside on my garage...not insulted (we don't have the 'temp' issues you do). The only issue is that condensation will collect on the trim...if it's not intended for outdoor/damp use...it will rust.

Also...I would plan on LED's in them....yea, they cost more but you don't have to worry about changing them or temp problems. I'm using CFL's....
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Larger ones you can select your own trim.

http://www.lowes.ca/recessed-can-lig...ductItemsImage

Kind of expensive since it's $20.96 per light and you still have to buy the trim and bulbs.
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Halo has another ver that is IC....and if you buy the contractor box....works out to about $8/fixture....
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Either will work. I'm not sure what you got for $20 though. Might be air-tites.

Halo H7ICT should be around $7 for the can and another $10 for the trim. I can't imagine Juno being much more.
The trims on those contractor pack lights are junk. I can't imagine they'd last long outdoors.

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