Pot lights in a bulkhead

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Old 07-14-09, 10:47 AM
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Pot lights in a bulkhead

I am installing pot lights in a bulkhead running under an insulated ceiling. The bulkhead is about 13" deep. Do I need fixtures for an insulated ceiling or can I use ordinary fixtures. What if I ventilate the bulkhead?
 
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Old 07-14-09, 12:06 PM
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I would suggest IC (in contact) lights but I'm puzzled about "bulkhead". Do you really mean a "drop ceiling? Some recessed lights may not be suitable for horizontal mounting.

bulkhead - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

1 : an upright partition separating compartments 2 : a structure or partition to resist pressure or to shut off water, fire, or gas 3 : a retaining wall along a waterfront 4 : a projecting framework with a sloping door giving access to a cellar stairway or a shaft
 
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I would suggest IC (in contact) lights but I'm puzzled about "bulkhead". Do you really mean a "drop ceiling? Some recessed lights may not be suitable for horizontal mounting.
By Bulkhead I mean a chase running along one wall. It is 13" deep by 15" wide and contains bathroom fan vent pipe at one end, some distance from where I will be installing the lights.
 
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By Bulkhead I mean a chase running along one wall. It is 13" deep by 15" wide and contains bathroom fan vent pipe at one end, some distance from where I will be installing the lights.
Are you sure there would be room or would the vents and pipes be in the way? Do you know for sure where they are before you cut in or is the chase unfinished?
 
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Are you sure there would be room or would the vents and pipes be in the way? Do you know for sure where they are before you cut in or is the chase unfinished?
The lights won't be anywhere near the pipe. I haven't closed up the side of the chase yet.
 
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Just use ICs and don't over lamp and you should be OK. With no insulation it might be OK to use one not rated for contact but why take the chance.
 
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