Recessed Lighting Question

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Old 08-19-06, 05:35 AM
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Recessed Lighting Question

Hello-
I am installing recessed lights in my garage. Due to non-standard distances between the joists (10" on center), I cannot use new work type recessed fixtures. I am using NON I.C. type fixtures. My question is this: Is this a code violation, and more importantly does this possibly present a fire hazard? There is a wood floor directly above the joists. I measured the clearance from the top of the fixture to the bottom of the above floor and it is only 2 1/2". The side clearance is 2". The type fixture I am using calls for a 50 watt max bulb. I could not find I.C. type fixtures at the local H.D. that would fit my requirements. Flourescent sheetrock mount fixtures are an option, but would be a pain because of clearance restrictions for the garage door and opener.
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Ray
 
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Old 08-19-06, 06:07 AM
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You are fine. Non-IC means just that, no insulation contact. You are maintaining distances.

One word of advice, however, fluorescent lights will give you more light than cans will, and will use less energy to do so. I wouldn't go with cans if I planned on doing things in the garage.
 
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Old 08-19-06, 06:18 AM
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Thanks Racraft

Thanks for your quick response Racraft! I am using flourescent lighting in the back of my garage where clearance is not an issue.
 
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