Do I need special cans for outdoor recessed lighting?

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Old 08-08-06, 08:36 PM
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Question Do I need special cans for outdoor recessed lighting?

Do I need special cans for outdoor recessed lighting? Or can I use standard "old work" cans? Any recommendations-I want the widest spread of light I can get.
 
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Old 08-08-06, 08:46 PM
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"old work" cans?

Hey,

If you could define "old work" can's that might help.
I install all kinds of cans everyday on rear decks of homes. The important factors you need to consider are:
1) Does the branch circuit allow for the wattages of the cans?
2) Is the ceiling insulated above where the cans will be installed?
Basically, make sure insulation isn't within 3 inches of the cans and that adding the cans won't over load the circuit.


Lemme know if this doesn't answer your questions..

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Old 08-08-06, 09:01 PM
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old work defined

By old work I mean "remodel" type cans. (Although, since the cans would be installed in the attic, I guess I could use new type cans.)
 
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Old 08-09-06, 04:06 AM
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"Old work" is a very common term for remodel cans.

No, there are usually no outdoor specific cans and trims. Most are damp rated.
Outdoors is only damp rated. A shower or steam bath would be wet rated.
 
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