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Old 01-28-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
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What kind of recessed lighting and bulb?


Hi, we are starting to remodel our old house and after took down a couple of walls finally we are going to have a big open living room. We want to install 8 recessed light on this room (the size of the room is 25 x 14 x 8), our attic have a R11 fiber glass insulation and just we are not sure about the right recessed kit to buy and what kind of bulb to use. Personally I really like the halogen for the clear light that they emitted, just not sure if they are good for general lighting, and someone says that they get to hot. I was thinking to use the Commercial Electric 4 in. Non-IC Remodel GU10 Recessed Lighting Kit (K20) from Homedepot all connect to 3 dimmer switches and one 15A breaker. Any suggestion? Thank you

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You can't use non-IC rated fixtures with insulation there. As you likely don't want to have 8 holes in your ceiling allowing hot air out to the attic, you'll need to find IC-rated fixtures. Back to the drawing board.

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Hi, we are starting to remodel our old house and after took down a couple of walls finally we are going to have a big open living room. We want to install 8 recessed light on this room (the size of the room is 25 x 14 x 8), our attic have a R11 fiber glass insulation and just we are not sure about the right recessed kit to buy and what kind of bulb to use. Personally I really like the halogen for the clear light that they emitted, just not sure if they are good for general lighting, and someone says that they get to hot. I was thinking to use the Commercial Electric 4 in. Non-IC Remodel GU10 Recessed Lighting Kit (K20) from Homedepot all connect to 3 dimmer switches and one 15A breaker. Any suggestion? Thank you
That's a pretty large room for only eight 4" fixtures, unless you have other lighting in the room. As a general rule of thumb, a 6" can will spread a beam about 7' in diameter from an 8' height. For general downlighting, cans should be spaced about 2.5' away from walls and roughly 5'-6' from each other in the center of the room. That's more like 20-24 cans.

I'd look for air-tight, IC-rated 6" fixtures. This will allow you to cover the can with insulation and minimize air leakage from the conditioned space in the living room.
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