It all started with a problem: 

How best to address the energy wasted by billions of recessed lighting fixtures throughout the world?

There are over 600 million non-IC can lights in the US alone that require special treatment. These lights are the single biggest energy waster in the home insulation envelope. The challenge is balancing efficiency with safety. Just adding insulation without proper treatment defeats the purpose of insulating.

Our research revealed that no existing solution addressed both efficiency and safety without compromising on one or both. Common knowledge held that Non-IC lights could not be covered. We did not accept this. Thus we set out to develop CanCoverIt.

Finding a solution became a journey of discovery in applied geometry culminating in development of CanCoverIt, the perfect solution for retrofits and new installs, Non-IC and IC fixtures.


Before CanCoverIt

Existing Solution Landscape Full of Compromise

 

Original Non-IC Can Light (Downlight)

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Safety: Pass | Performance: Fail

  • Most common fixture type with more than 500 million in use

  • Heat entrapment prevention requires no Insulation contact

  • Early versions have no thermal shut off mechanisms

  • Later models may have thermal shut off set for high heat

  • Metal fixture is highly conductive and can attract condensation

  • Designed to draw air through fixture to prevent overheating

  • Critical energy waster - severely compromises insulation envelope


Non-IC Width Open Barrier Insulating Treatment

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Safety: Pass | Performance: Fail

  • Efforts to improve energy efficiency added insulation thickness above fixture

  • Safety code evolved to read: “no insulation above in a manner to entrap heat”

  • Chimney effect phenomenon can draw more air through than untreated fixture

  • Metal fixture remains highly conductive and can attract condensation

  • Open attic space creates hot and cold spots and drafts in the ceiling  

  • Critical energy waster - severely compromises insulation envelope

  • Barrier use can negate overall R-Valve benefit of added insulation thickness


Non-IC Open Barrier Treatment with Air-seal Insert

Safety: Fail | Performance: Fail

  • Can effectively stop air flow through the fixture, but not around fixture

  • Potential overheating hazard in hot ambient temperature attic conditions  

  • Metal fixture remains highly conductive and can attract condensation

  • Open attic space creates conductive hot and cold spots in the ceiling

  • Can entrap heat and shorten the lifespan of CFL and LED light bulbs

  • Not compatible with original Non-IC airflow intent to prevent heat entrapment

  • Does not address conductive energy loss and compromises insulation envelope


Non-IC Low Flat-top Box Treatment with Vents

Safety: Fail | Performance: Fail

  • Flat top box terminates within insulating layer to improve R-Value

  • Weak structure can sag or even collapse under the weight of insulation  

  • Limited size provides insufficient air volume above and/or around fixture

  • Incandescent bulb generates heat at a faster rate than it can dissipate

  • Insulation blocked openings provide slow air venting and entrap heat

  • Addresses conductive heat transfer, but is moisture and airflow permeable

  • Concentrates high heat around fixture and sensitive electrical components


Non-IC Flat Box with Open Vent Channel

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Safety: Fail | Performance: Fail

  • Flat top box terminates within insulating layer to improve R-Value

  • Provides insufficient air volume above and/or around fixture

  • Flat horizontal top creates dam effect that impedes airflow and entraps heat

  • Weak structure can sag or even collapse under the weight of insulation 

  • Concentrates high heat around fixture and sensitive electrical components

  • Incandescent bulb generates heat at a faster rate than it can dissipate

  • Addresses conductive heat transfer, but is moisture and airflow permeable


Non-IC Tall Box Treatment

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Safety: Fail | Performance: Fail

  • Flat top box (typically drywall) terminating above insulation layer (envelope)

  • Size provides more air volume to dissipate heat, but compromises insulation

  • Addresses airflow (convection), but not conduction and moisture conditions

  • Non insulated top transfers energy and compromises overall home insulation (R-Value)

  • Conduction alone may not dissipate heat at a fast enough rate to prevent overheating

  • High heat concentrations within box may damage sensitive electrical components

  • Closed box can entrap heat, with peak hazard occurring during hot attic conditions  


Non-IC Tent Design Treatment

Safety: Fail | Performance: Fail

  • Tent style sides can sag or even collapse under the weight of insulation

  • Angled sides allow hot air to rise with less restriction than a flat top box

  • Angled sides allow top area to be better insulated than a tall box

  • However, the shape does limit top insulation thickness along panel width

  • Shape limits compartment size and air volume in critical area around fixture

  • Size to air volume ratio above and/or around fixture is not optimum  


Enter CanCoverIt

The Ultimate Solution

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Safety: Pass | Performance: Pass

  • Stable base optimizes air space safety and makes installation a breeze

  • Converging top panels provide thermal performance and strength  

  • Turning the light on activates the safety mode to prevent overheating

  • Materials are non-conductive fire and mold resistant, air and watertight

  • Secondary covers protect the vents even when blowing in insulation

  • Innovative design provides a lifetime of fail-safe energy efficiency

"I had been using Insullite, but constructing the box in the cramped attic is a bit tedious, not to mention trying to tape the seams. After trying CanCoverIt once, I am sold. I have already told my distributor that they better start carrying CanCoverIt if they want my business."

- Kenny, contractor, Colorado Springs, CO

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