Originally Posted by inspectorD
We also cal them resets(instead of recessed) because that is also what they do when they get to hot.
Absoultely not true. Not if installed correctly and with the correct lamps.
Of course they will melt snow on the roof of a cathedral ceiling. They are adding heat where none existed and this heat is inches away from the roof line. Also, in a case like this we are not talking about heat loss. This is heat gain.
I stand by my assertion that good air-tite cans in a well insulated ceiling have much less heat loss than one might expect. Of course there is some as I stated before, but not enough to "let all your heat out".
Besides, in new construction where heat loss is a factor, it is likely that 2x12 rafters are code. These cans are only 7"-8"deep. There is more than enough room to insulate very well around and above these cans.
Things have come a LONG way since the 70's.
I'm not trying to have a pissing match, I'm just trying to justify my opinion.
I've been doing this a long time too.