Recessed lighting types?


Old 10-09-07, 06:17 PM
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Recessed lighting types?

Can someone explain the difference in "IC" and Non IC types of recessed lighting.

And just as a shot in the dark, does it stand for "INSULATION COMPATIBLE"????
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Old 10-09-07, 06:37 PM
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It refers to the proximity of insulation to the can. IC cans will take insulation piled directly against is, whereas non IC cans must have air space around it and over it.
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also let me add this details between the IC and non IC types is the max wattage also with the IC the max wattage is somehow lower than the Non IC is and also depending on the trims itself too it can make the factors as well.

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It stands for "Insulation Contact". IC cans can be buried in insulation. Non-IC typically needs 3" of air space on all sides. Furthermore, non-IC cans have greater requirements for clearance above and to the side to flamable materials (e.g., wood). IC cans typically have lower wattage limits for the bulbs. IC cans can come in air-tight and non-air-tight versions. IC cans typically cost a buck or two more.

Air-tight IC cans are best for lights on the upper floor. Non-IC cans can be used everywhere else.
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ic pots have a housing around them so u can mount them in joist spaces that will be insulated..non ic are not compatible for insulated ceilings

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