Insulating Recessed Lights?


Old 03-07-02, 04:18 AM
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Question Insulating Recessed Lights?

We have a terrible draft that comes from our recessed lights in the family room. How can we insulate them? Can I use caulk, or will that be a problem with the heat of the lights? Thanks!
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Old 03-07-02, 08:50 AM
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recessed lights

I have IC rated lights that also have a draft problem, even with the insualtion packed around it. I have been trying to find out if I can "seal" the holes on the outer can, along with caulking around the underside next to the interior ceiling, and pack insulation back around it. I found one place that sells an "insulated, draft free top hat", but it looks cheesey. Any other ideas, good or bad?
Old 03-07-02, 01:53 PM
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You can build a cage over your recessed lights with chicken wire, and cover these with insulation, assuming you have access from the attic to these areas. Leave a minimum of 6 " to a foot of clearance all the way around and above the light fixture.

Good luck

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