Posts Tagged ‘recessed lights’

Another example of energy problems around recessed lights

December 22, 2009

Syracuse-based Senior Advisor John Scipione forwards this all-too-common photo from the field illustrating efficiency problems with recessed “can” lighting.  You can see light leaking through and around the fixture–air from inside the house is doing the same.  And because this fixture isn’t rated for insulation contact, the insulation has to be kept away.  Learn more about how to address this.

Energy weak points around recessed light fixture--air leaks and poor insulation.

Energy weak points around recessed light fixture.

[Side note–it you can see the tops of 6″ joists in your adequate above the insulation–you probably don’t have enough insulation.]


Insulation batts blamed for several fires in Australia

September 29, 2009

As reported by Malcolm Holland in The Daily Telegraph, improperly installed insulation has resulted in seven home fires in Sydney, Australia in the past six weeks alone.  New South Wales  Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge said yesterday many insulation batts were being laid incorrectly and that  at least 26 homes in NSW had been destroyed or damaged this year by fires caused by poorly placed ceiling batts touching recessed lights. Several fires happened within a day of batts being installed.

The ARRA tax credits encourage people to add insulation, and that’s a good thing.  Just make sure that it’s done correctly and safely, whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor! 

Yesterday’s post on recessed can lights points to this—as do earlier posts about DIY insulating.

Be comfortable, be energy-efficient, but above all, be safe!


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