I have a new home construction with an insulated cathedral ceiling.
be hesitant to use the ICAT recessed lighting housings? I
know the literature
says they are ok for insulated ceilings, but I've
also heard that teh
heat-overload sensors can repeatedly kick-out if
the housings build up too much
heat? Since i can't easily get to the
ceiling after installation, it has me
worried. Is this really a
The insulation contact recessed light fixtures are normally rated for a
maximum of 75 watts each. If you put a larger bulb in them the thermal
cutout will shut it off until it cools down. If you want to use non IC
rated fixtures in order to have more light, you will need to cut the
insulation back so that it is 3" away from each fixture.
It is better to put the light fixtures in a cathedral ceiling now during
construction. It is much more difficult after the house is finished. BTW
if you cannot get to the ceiling after installation, how do you plan to
change the light bulbs?
Why not put compact fluorescent reflector lamps in the fixtures? The heat
generated is substantially less than with incandescent bulbs and you won't
have to replace them as often.
Use Energy Star approved bulbs though. That way you have some assurance of
rated life, color, light output, etc.
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