LED Downlights - Non-IC Rated - 4 Inch and 5 Inch
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Non-IC Rated Recessed Lights
In homes, 4-inch and 6-inch can lights are the most common sizes. If replacing an existing fixture, measure the diameter of the hole before making a purchase. While new construction is more likely to use IC rated downlights, which allows ceiling insulation to touch the back of the metal housing, remodels are more likely to use Non-IC rated recessed lighting, like these 4-inch LED downlights. Because these lights are not rated for insulated ceilings, there needs to be a 3 inch gap between the fixture and the ceiling insulation. Without proper heat dissipation, the heat generated by the lamps may ignite surrounding material, which is why the gap is required between the back of the metal housing and the insulation. If you want to be able to have insulation flush against the fixture, consider the 4-inch IC rated LED downlights instead.
Understanding Watt Equal and Color Temperature
Our 4-inch LED downlights are divided out by wattage. A 50W equal LED downlight that only uses 14.5 watts is comparable to a 50 watt incandescent. This helps you know which products to look at to replace your current lights with energy efficient LEDs. These systems include the LED, housing, and trim. Depending on the wattage, you may also find different color temperatures available. The lower the number Kelvin (K), the more yellow the light. Traditional incandescents range from 2400K-3000K, so any LEDs in this range will most closely match. Higher Kelvin numbers will be more blue, or stark white in comparison.