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Old 01-05-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Trying to put in new recessed lighting


Hello

I have a question and have had no luck in finding an answer in Google, so I thought I'd try registering and asking here. I am working on our unfinished basement and have got to the point where I'm about to put in the recessed lighting we have chosen, (http://www.homedepot.ca/product/new-...perture/919255)

However the plan we have drawn up is having some challenges with the air duct work in the ceiling (I've included some pictures)

My question is, can these housings be touching the duct work? I think in some cases the fire box (?) will be pressed up pretty hard against these, and in other cases the white lamp case will be. I'm not sure if this is very safe.

If not, we will have to move to a completely different lighting plan, or consider redoing our duct work (which I don't have a clue to do yet).

Advice much appreciated.

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Old 01-05-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Why is there no foil tape on the joints on those ducts.
It's not going to do any harm to have the to items touch.

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Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure what foil tape is...I can build a screaming fast computer from the ground up but stuff like this, I'm clueless.

This is what the builder had installed. As far as I know, it passed inspection and in the town I live in, it's taken pretty seriously from what I understand.

Would pushing in the duct work (denting it) cause problems?
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Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure what foil tape is...
It's what "duct tape" pretends to be... but with actual foil on it.

Walk down the HVAC aisle at the home center store soon.
Ask for some mastic to brush onto all your joints and a roll of tape too.

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Would pushing in the duct work (denting it) cause problems?
Avoid doing this.
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Thanks, will do!

But the casing touching the duct, that should be fine yes? I will be having this inspected soon, so I guess that will ultimately determine this.
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But the casing touching the duct, that should be fine yes?
Fine as in... is it a practical/unavoidable reality that the design should allow for? yeah.
Fine as in... should it be avoided if at all possible? no

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There more inclinded to be looking for proper wire gauge, 14-2 or 12-2 is fine, connected grounds, a staple within 6" of the light to sequre the wire to the rafters, a connector where the wire goes into the light it's self so the wire will not chafe.

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