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By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I removed the burned out spot light bulb in the recessed light fixture and I noticed a draft coming down from the attic, is there some sort of gasket that’s available to place around the neck of the new bulb…

Air Tight Recessed Lights for Efficiency

Question: When I removed the burned out spot light bulb in the recessed light fixture in the ceiling of my kitchen, I noticed a cold draft coming down from the attic out of the gap between the empty socket and the fixture housing. Is there some sort of gasket that’s available to place around the neck of the new bulb when I screw it back into the socket in order to seal that gap up and stop the draft?
Thanks, Dave

This electrical question came from: Dave, a Homeowner from Huntington Beach, Ca. 92649, California.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Dave.

Air Tight Recessed Light for Efficiency

Dave, you may want to try the gaskets that are used with outdoor flood lights. These are flat round gaskets that are placed around the neck or base of the lamp before screwing in the lamp. You may want to inspect the housing of your recessed light to make sure it is not damaged. Many recessed lights appear to be sealed up, however only the newer can lights that specify that they are Air Tight enclosures are truly air tight and prevent airflow between the home and the attic area.

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