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Old 12-04-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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Retrofitting Recessed lighting


Hi!
So here's the scene..
Old house.
Attached garage converted to a family room.
Pitched roof above.
Recessed lights existing in the high point between the roof rafters and ceiling joists....
Question:
Want to install two additional recessed lights at the other end, or the low point between the roof rafters and ceiling joists. I
I'm sure there is insulation. Should I install the recessed lights and remove enough insulation around them to clear a min of 3", or something else? Please be specific...

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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Unless you are installing 4" recessed you should just install an IC rated fixture. This way the insulation can touch the housing and not create an energy leak. Your area may also require AT (air-tight) housings.

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Unless you are installing 4" recessed you should just install an IC rated fixture. This way the insulation can touch the housing and not create an energy leak. Your area may also require AT (air-tight) housings.
Great!!! I am worried about the clearance or space between the roof rafters and ceiling for the recessed lights. Thanks!
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JohnC20,

You could also consider frame out and drywall for a "drop" to allow enough space for the light fixure. Case in point, something simliar to a tray ceiling along the wall... Just a thought...
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JohnC20,

You could also consider frame out and drywall for a "drop" to allow enough space for the light fixure. Case in point, something simliar to a tray ceiling along the wall... Just a thought...
Yeah.. That is a good point. Unfortunately it's for a friend and he's not looking to redo his ceiling.
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