LED Pot Lights
A LED pot light or ‘recessed light’ is a type of lighting fixture that is mounted in the ceiling to make it shine down on an area. Sometimes referred to as ‘downlights’ or ‘can lights’, they are a discreet way to add a contemporary feel to your home. However, such fixtures need to be installed by a professional because there are safety issues involved. Once power to the room is out, it can take two minutes or even less to install the new recessed lights.
LEDs can create the illusion of extra space in a room with low ceilings, or pomp and grandeur to one with higher ceilings. They have been proven to be 85% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and they generate less heat. This will give you additional savings on your electric bill because you will use less AC to cool your room that your traditional light bulbs heat up. Moreover, LEDs can last up to 10 times longer than other bulbs so they seldom need to be replaced, thus saving you the time and effort of buying another light bulb for the next couple of years.
What's the Difference Between IC and Non-IC Rated Pot Lights?
Lights produce a lot of heat when turned on and that heat needs to dissipate or go somewhere. In order to avoid setting your ceiling on fire, it is important to understand when you can use IC-rated fixtures and when you need non-IC rated downlights. So what’s the difference?
Non-IC rated fixtures need three inches (7.6 cm) of space between the ceiling insulation and the metal. The reason behind this is that the insulation can trap the heat generated by the bulb and either melt the electrical wiring insulation, or ignite combustible materials. Non-IC rated pot lights are frequently used in remodels and ceilings without insulation like unfinished attics. These units feature a single can design that needs an air pocket to disperse heat. They are cheaper than their IC-rated counterpart.
IC-rated fixtures have excellent heat distribution capabilities; hence they can allow insulation to lay against the metal without risking fire. The Canadian Electrical Code section 30-906 states that IC-rated fixtures “shall be permitted to be in contact with combustible material or blanketed with thermal insulation”. IC-rated pot lights are mostly used in new homes and buildings. Note, however, that they can be installed in either insulated or non-insulated ceilings.