In my kitchen I have just in the process of installing four recessed eye ball down lights. These are the mains GU10 type. They are laid out in a square box shape with each fixture on a corner if you see what I mean.
Anyway, after looking at the instructions for the fittings it states the minimum distance for any object *in front* of the light before I presume the heat could cause a fire. This is fine as they are mounted in the ceiling.
However, one hole is reasonable close, I would say 10 to 15 cm to a copper pipe and some mains cable that runs through the ceiling void. So I put that fixture in and ran it for around 5 minutes, I then removed it, shut off the power and had a feel around in the hole to see if anything was heating up and it wasnt. I then repeated the process up to 30 minutes running time and the cables and pipe didnt feel warm at all.
So is the opinion on this that the fixture will be safe or am I running the risk of setting my ceiling void on fire and burning down my house. I guess the question is can dangerous levels of hear occur behind the fixture and is there a safe distance or a minimum amount of void that these things should be mounted in.
Thanks for the on going help.