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Definition

An acronym for Insulation Contact lighting, this term refers to recessed lights with a protective cover over the can. This prevents the heat generated by the light from coming in contact with insulation or other flammable materials in the ceiling, thereby protecting against fires.

Things you need to know

The housing generally does not allow heat to dissipate as well as non-IC lights, so lower wattage bulbs will have to be used.

Also known as

Recessed Light Cover

Cost Considerations

If insulation is present, it may still be possible to use non-IC lights, but they will be more expensive to install because the insulation will need a baffle to hold it back at least 3 inches from the light fixtures. This not only costs money to install, but it also reduces the effectiveness of the insulation, meaning an increase in energy costs.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.