When installing canister lights in the ceiling that extend into an attic space, the must be insulation compatible light fixtures.
If they are not, and if they are covered with insulation, they can overheat. If they overheat too much the obvious result is fire.
Why take that chance?
On a recent pre-drywall inspection I was very happy to see the right lights.
See the stamp inside? It says "Air Loc."
That means this is a specially-insulated fixture which dissipates heat such that insulation can cover the unit without danger.
But there is more!
You need to see the
"IC" sticker - Insulation Compatible.
Incredibly, there it was!
Of course I knew I would see it.
This light fixture is a
I look for that on every pre-drywall inspection where there is a canister light fixture in the ceiling.
The sticker tells the date of manufacture and identifies this fixture as IC, or Insulation Compatible.
IF THAT STICKER IS NOT PRESENT THERE IS EVERY POTENTIAL THAT THE LIGHT WILL NOT BE INSULATION COMPATIBLE. SO IF IT IS INSTALLED WITHOUT A PROTECTIVE SLEEVE TO PROTECT THE DEVICE FROM THE SURROUNDING INSULATION AND TO DISSIPATE HEAT UPWARD, IT RUNS THE RISK OF OVERHEATING AND POSSIBLY CAUSING A FIRE.
This is a very important find on a pre-drywall inspection, and these stickers should be looked for every time.
My recommendation: the proper installation of certain materials is a crucial aspect of pre-drywall inspections. Look carefully! And if the right fixtures or whatever are not found, don't be shy! Bring it up and make certain the client is protected.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560