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Old 12-04-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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Covering recessed lighting with insulation


For insulating my attic, I have heard that I should leave a 3" no insulation zone around lighting fixtures like recessed lighting cans.

I am now using those cool and energy efficient flourescent tubes instead of incandescent bulbs, so, it makes a lot less heat. Is it now safe to cover the fixture with insulation batting?

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Only if the recessed lights are rated for in contact with insulation. If the cans are not rated for in contact, the you have to maintain the clearance.

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I apparently did not read far enough on the fixture. It is an IC.

Does this mean I can seal it for air as well?

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