recessed saftey

Old 11-07-02, 06:58 AM
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Question recessed saftey

I am installing a resessed lighting fixture into a non insulated space. when I removed the existing feature, the space was obstructed by a bx cable. I made a larger hole in the dry wall and installed the light. I am now concearned that the BX cable is close to the top of the can, and I am aware that these fixtures generate heat.

The fixture came with a lot of notices about keeping insulation away from the light - but non about pre existing wiring.

Is this safe? or do I need to make a bigger hole in the ceiling and move it over? I would prefer NOT to do this because the cable is coming out of a beam, and it will be hard to find an aestetically pleasing alternative.

Thanks for your help
Old 11-07-02, 04:00 PM
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hi mkit.

The problem with inadequate insulation clearance is that it entraps the heat at the fixture allowing temperatures to build up pretty high. In comparison mounting the fixture in an uninsulated space typically allows air to circulate keeping the temperature at the fixture cooler.

A nearby BX cable in an uninsulated space really shouldn't be a problem.


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