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Do I need to build a fire box in my attic for LED can lighting?

Do I need to build a fire box in my attic for LED can lighting?

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Old 01-25-14, 02:04 PM
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Do I need to build a fire box in my attic for LED can lighting?

I'm taking the old incandescent housings out and probably replacing with LED like this (minus the screw end):



Amazon.com: Lighting EVERŪ 19W 6in Dimmable LED Recessed Lighting Fixture, 170W Halogen Bulb Equivalent, Cool White: Lamps & Light Fixtures

Will I need a box still considering they are only 19 watts at peak power?

They never had a box in the first place but I am rebuilding my attic so thought I'd find out if it is typically legal or not. (California)

BTW, I guess I'll need a junction box too. And sprayed cellulose is planned.
 
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Old 01-25-14, 02:25 PM
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You should find the installation manual and see what the manufacturer has to say about it. I know that LED lighting generates heat that if it isn't dissipated will damage the lighting. You need to find out if these are rated for insulation contact. Otherwise you should construct a suitable box to keep the insulation away from the light.
 
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Old 01-25-14, 03:06 PM
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I just did a little research. I guess these mount on an existing housing. This one says it can be mounted against insulation and airtight too.

Commercial Electric 6 in. IC New Construction Airtight Housing-CAT7ICATA at The Home Depot
 
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Old 01-25-14, 03:42 PM
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You had me worried for a minute. Glad you did your research. yes, these fit into existing cans. Screw in the edison base, then plug in the light and fit the springs in the holders in the can.
 
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