Light In A Can: 2 FAQs

21 June 2016
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Recessed lights (also known as LED can lights) are installed in residential ceilings. They are often preferred for the fact that they eliminate the need for light fixtures that hang from the ceiling (e.g. LED chandeliers). This makes the rooms in your house to appear more spacious. Here are some answers to two common questions about this lighting option.

What's The Difference between New Construction Housings and Remodel Housings?

An LED can light is made up of two main components. The housing is the part of the light that's installed in your ceiling and it remains hidden from sight. The trim is the part of the light that you'll be able to see on the surface of the ceiling once the lights have been installed.

Recessed LED lights can either have new construction housings or they can have a remodel-style type of housing. The difference between the two is that the installation of new construction housings requires you to have full access to the area above the point of installation for the recessed light. This is because the mentioned housings are usually installed in between ceiling joists, which support the weight of the light. Thus, LED can lights with new construction housings would be ideal if you're doing major renovations that will give you unrestricted access to the ceiling.

On the other hand, remodel-type housings would be ideal if access to the space above the ceiling is limited. Remodel housings are designed with clamps that firmly hold the light in place once the light is pushed through a pre-drilled hole on the ceiling. LED can lights that have remodel housings are easier to install and they are a good choice for the DIY-minded homeowner.

What Is IC Rating For Recessed Lights And Why Is It Important?

IC is an abbreviation for insulation contact. An IC rated LED can light is one that can be installed in close proximity to (or even in contact) with thermal insulation fixtures within the attic space.

A can light that is not IC rated cannot be installed in contact with insulation fixtures within the attic or in close proximity to these fixtures. Thus, the IC rating is important because it determines where you should or should not install a can light.

If you'd like to install can lights that are not IC-rated, you'll need to ensure that there's sufficient clearance between the lights and thermal insulation. For more information, talk to a professional like Creative Lighting Solutions Aust Pty Ltd.