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Can Cover It – An Innovative Solution to Insulate Recessive Lighting Spaces

Non-insulation contact recessive lighting has been a tough issue to solve for some time now, but “Can Cover It” might just be that cost-effective efficient fix we’ve been waiting for.

If you’ve ever tried insulating an older house, then you’ve surely been confronted with plugging the spaces around non-insulation contact recessive lighting. That’s almost impossible to do because these lights apparently get so hot you need to keep insulation at least 3 inches from the fixture in order to avoid a fire hazard. Most times you just have to face tour otherwise well-insulated home will have these gaps through which conditioned air in the rooms will leak through to the unconditioned space above. This problem has been a pain for contractors and homeowners for decades, and although they came up with improvised barriers like clay pots and chicken wire, they posed more of a threat than help fix the situation.

With approximately 500 million non-IC can lights in attics throughout the United States, there’s a tremendous amount of energy escaping out of these gaping holes,” he says. “It’s the equivalent of 20 square miles of wasted energy per day!  The actual thermal dynamics energy loss affecting these homes is even worse. 

But the years of failure didn’t discourage David Hanacek, of EcoCycle Solutions, who managed to come up with an ingenious design meant to solve the problem of non-insulation contact recessive lighting. It’s called Can Cover It and although it looks like a plain little box, it might actually help us save loads of kilowatts and millions of dollars in bills. Can Cover It has a fiberglass interior which acts as insulation, and two precisely sized and placed openings that vent out excess heat. The secondary outer shell prevents the insulation from being blown into the can cover and keeps dust from building up. It’s seemingly uninteresting shape also makes the device more effective, as Hanacek explains:

The shape of the CanCoverIt™ maximizes the air volume around the can — 21% more volume than a round device of similar dimensions. Thus, CanCoverIt™ not only diffuses heat within,  but more important for safety and efficiency, has clear air space above the can to allow heated air to rise as it normally would with no enclosure.

Until now many homeowners opted to fork out thousands of dollars and replace their old fixtures with insulation contact recessive lighting, but thanks to Can Cover It, you don’t have to. It retails at just $20 on Amazon, and is entirely recyclable when its long life cycle comes to an end. It’s cheap and easy to use, and although it’s still too early to tell, Can Cover It may be the bridge between lighting insulating.

 

 

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