Recessed light clearences


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Old 11-24-14, 05:39 AM
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Recessed light clearences

Hello, I built a soffit in my basement to house some recessed lights, they are non ic recessed lights. My question is how far do they need to be away from combustible materials, I know it says to keep insulation 3" away due to over heating issues, but I wanted to make sure about other clearances. One place I want to put the light, the top of the can will sit very close to the floor joist above. I couldn't build my soffit any deeper due to matching up to an existing soffit.
 
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Old 11-24-14, 05:57 AM
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So why not take them back and use I/C's or low clearance cans if this is an issue?
 
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Old 11-24-14, 06:01 AM
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The stock of I/c were very slim and I didn't like any of them, if it comes down to it I will just move the light 4" to the right or left to clear the ceiling joist if its an issue.
 
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Old 11-24-14, 09:28 AM
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If your only problem is that the top of can will be near the bottom edge of a floor joist, I would not consider that near combustible material, or at least not the intended meaning of combustible per instructions.

The bottom edge of joist is only 1-1/2", this will not trap heat around enclosure. If it's not touching, or has about an inch or so, you're fine.
 
 

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