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How much air space is needed for fire prevention if I install recessed halogen non-IC lights, box the area over them, and insulate above it.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 01, 2013 01:08 AM
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The box enclosure will be in the attic above the whole kitchen, made of plywood, with no ventilation in order to prevent drafts. Up to 13 hot halogen light fixtures will be used, and the attic is hot (I live in the South). Attic fiberglass insulation will be used above and around the box enclosure. I'm concerned about excessive heat build-up inside the box, damaging the recessed lights, or causing a hot, sagging ceiling, or causing a fire hazard. The clearance between the recessed lighting cans and the wooden box enclosure is probably pertinent. What rules, etc, should I observe here (eg, how big a box do I need?)?.




 

 

The box enclosure will be in the attic above the whole kitchen, made of plywood, with no ventilation in order to prevent drafts. Up to 13 hot halogen light fixtures will be used, and the attic is hot (I live in the South). Attic fiberglass insulation will be used above and around the box enclosure. I'm concerned about excessive heat build-up inside the box, damaging the recessed lights, or causing a hot, sagging ceiling, or causing a fire hazard. The clearance between the recessed lighting cans and the wooden box enclosure is probably pertinent. What rules, etc, should I observe here (eg, how big a box do I need?)?.

Well Jon, I hope you have the manufacturer's directions handy as they are the only ones that can truly answer the clearance questions based on their UL testing.

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