I currently have a covered patio that appears to be built with 2x8 or 2x10
joists and the ceiling is sheetrock. The drywall texture is falling off in
chunks so I'm thinking of tearing down the sheetrock and installing some
form of wood planking (T&G probably). Anyway, I figure while I've got it
opened up, I might as well add some lighting and was thinking of recessed
fixtures. I've done a bit of searching and don't see any that are rated
for exterior use. I'm wondering if a) They even make such a beast or b)
if all recessed fixtures will suffice given they're "sealed up" in the
ceiling. I have no plans to insulate the space so IC or not doesn't really
matter to me. If such a fixture is made, I'd really appreciate a link or
lead on it. Thanks much.
If you can stand the sticker shock there are fully waterproof light
fixtures made for marine use. But those might not, despite high quality
and superior materials, be allowed by an electrical inspector who goes
"by the book". On the other hand if your concerns are simply about
keeping a bit of rain out of the fixture, there are some water-resistant
fixtures made for use in, for example, showers. You may have to search
for one of those that look right in the outdoors.
Thanks John. That's probably more what I'm looking for (the shower
versions). I've got one in one of my showers now so I know they're made
but you're right, aesthetics play a part here. I may just head to one of
the large lighting shops here in town and see what they have, albeit pricey
It is really very simple, once you already know the answer...
In the US there are a few basic ratings: Damp location, Wet location,
"Damp location" covers your needs. It means water is around but it not
hit the bulb itself in any quantity. Most recessed lights are damp
rated and should say so on the lable!!
"Wet location" is for showers and area that will get spray cleaned.
Yes there are submersible lights, both for ponds that people don't
touch and for swimming pools. $$ and worth it!
James "Cubby" Culbertson wrote:
The installation as you have described it is considered a "Damp" location.
Your recessed light fixtures only need to be rated for damp locations. They
will not be subjected directly to moisture. I know that several of Halo's
models are damp rated.
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