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By Maria in Chesapeake, VA on 6/28/2006


I am planning on installing recessed lighting throughout our house.  I am interested to know if the air tight option on some of the can light housings is worth the extra money, or is it a gimmick.

If any one has words of wisdom from someone who has used recessed lighting before  ie  are you happy with your spacing and what was your spacing.  Is there a company you would never use again or one you would highly recommend.  etc

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By Tom in Stroudsburg, PA on 7/1/2006


They are not a gimmick, they are required to meet infiltration requirements of Energy Star if you want a fully compliant home. Their one draw back is that because there is no natural venting through the fixture, most (maybe all) limit you to a 75 watt bulb maximum. On the plus side they allow direct contact with insulation. I used 4 dozen of the Halo but I would guess they probably all compare equally.
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By Jon in Merrimack, NH on 7/2/2006


Depends on which floor (ceiling) your installing.  If your installing  between the first and 2nd floor which isn't insullated then what purpose would it serve?  If it is the ceiling to the attic which is insullated then give this a priority.
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By Tom in Stroudsburg, PA on 7/2/2006


Jon, I thought it was pretty self explanatory but apparently not. They have no benefit if used between floors of a multi story dwelling. They are used only where you would want to stop air flow from leaving the conditioned space. The insulation contact is a secondary benefit that is also available in other models that cost less.
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By Maria in Chesapeake, VA on 7/9/2006


Jon and Tom 

Thanks

Then to carry the thought through I would not need insulated lights on my porch.  Is there enough heating from can light in a first floor ceiling to help heat the second floor?  Or is it negligible?

 

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Maria

 


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By Tom in Stroudsburg, PA on 7/9/2006


No insulated fixtures for the porch, additionally there should be no insulation in this area. The use of the lights for heat is an amusing question. You could probably pull it off if you put them in a checker board pattern about every 4' but what do you intend to use for light when the thermostats you need to regulate temperature shuts off all the lights. Jokes aside, lights don't get calculated into heat gain/loss for equipment sizing.
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By Aaron in Normal, IL on 7/9/2006


While on the topic of recessed lights, has anyone ever bought any from Sunrise Lighting?  The prices seem pretty good, but I wonder about the quality.

sonriselighting.com


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