"The covers are easy to work with and we managed to get in and out in a single day with the added blown insulation. A nice safe & snug home and a happy client."
- Dean Alm, Napa Valley Home Inspectors
The Superior Solution
CanCoverIt was designed after extensive research around the operations of can light fixtures, the bulbs that go in them, and the installers tasked with sealing them. As a result CanCoverIt is the ultimate solution to one of the home efficiency field's most pressing and difficult problems.
There are over 700 million recessed light fixtures in ceilings of homes, using various type and strength bulbs, and with various types of thermal protection, or none at all. Can light fixtures are notorious energy wasters; they leave large gaps in attic insulation which translates to wasted energy and money.
CanCoverIt is the first practical, safe, cost effective, efficient solution for insulating non-IC can light fixtures providing complete residential solutions for both contractors and DIYers. CanCoverIt fills an overwhelming need for a safe economically viable and uniform insulating solution.
CanCoverIt's performance advantages include:
ships and stores flat
pops open without any assembly required
safe and durable to install and can be left in the attic for years
FSK facing and FSK tape ensure an air tight fit once sealed to the attic floor
easy to cut and fit around brackets, wires, and framing
The Universal Series is a safe and effective solution for all can lights. The Low Profile Series is an excellent option for IC-rated can light fixtures.
Helping Real People Solve Real Problems
"Thank you for producing CanCoverIt, everyone in our organization loves the product. Our sales team loves it because it shows well to homeowners and helps them sell jobs. Our installers love it because it helps them complete their work faster, and I love it because I now have confidence that my team is using the right product to safely cover can lights in the home."
- Donna, contractor, Virginia Beach, VA
"Before I installed the covers I used a laser temp gun to check the temperature of the light 'buckets' with the light off for a significant amount of time and again after the covers were installed. The temperature dropped around 10º F. The hot air draft in the house has now stopped and the house remains cooler during the day."
- Todd, customer, Midland, TX
"As I prepared to upgrade the efficiency of my home, I wanted to find solutions that would protect the home and be safe for me and my family. After working with my local electrical and fire code officials to find the best product, they both agreed on CanCoverIt. I am happy to have found CanCoverIt, because I sure wasn't looking forward to building boxes out of drywall."
- Michael, owner of a 100-year-old home, Boston, MA
Our Universal Series features passive venting technology (patent pending) allowing all recessed light fixtures to be insulated, even Non-IC rated fixtures.
CanCoverIt controls fluctuations in temperature and ensures safe heat transfer with no excess waste.
All Attic Protrusions Need CanCoverIt
Utilizing some Physics 101 and a dose of common sense will help explain why airtight IC rated can lights are ineffective and why ALL fixtures need CanCoverIt...
Conventional thinking within the home efficiency industry has focused on making homes more airtight and, in particular, making can light fixtures airtight. Unfortunately, just fixing the fixtures does not remedy the problem and in fact, creates more unintended problems.
Can light treatment problems are not best solved at the lighting fixture, but rather are best solved around the fixture!
A typical can light may appear small from inside your home, but on the attic side it has over two square feet of metal surface area. Metal is extremely conductive, which is great for fry pans but not so good for coffee mugs or in your attic.
When metal is the barrier between two environments of different temperatures–in this case, the attic and the inside air–energy will transfer through the metal until the temperatures of both areas are the same.
The dominant environment will prevail at raising or lowering the temperature of the other system or, more importantly, it will never stop trying!
For example, your cold can of soda (or beer if you prefer), lacks the energy necessary to overpower the outside air. So on a hot summer day your beverage will warm up quickly to match the dominant outside air temperature.
Likewise, your home’s air conditioner and heater cannot overpower a blistering hot or freezing cold attic, but unlike the soda can they will keep trying. So therein lies the problem: to reach your desired room temperature these units will keep pumping energy through that metal fixture no matter how much energy is wasted in the process.
But there’s even more happening: conductive energy loss is not the only problem.
Back to the cold soda example; the different temperatures of the two systems, namely, the hot outside air and the cold beverage inside the can attracts moisture to the metal surface continually forming condensation until the temperatures of the two systems equalize. (That’s why Mom makes you use a coaster).
Adding an insulating cozy around the can will help slow the energy transfer process, but it can’t stop it. Eventually the outside air temperature will prevail and warm up the beverage.
These basic physics are happening in your attic as well. While covering the can light with insulation may seem logical, doing so does not effectively stop conduction or condensation because the insulation itself is permeable, air and moisture still travel through it. In fact, the moisture within the insulation will even accelerate the energy transfer process and can contribute to the harmful growth of mold.
Unlike your soda can, can lights have an extra energy dynamic: the light bulb that generates varied degrees of heat. It is this heat that poses additional performance and safety challenges contributing to much of the confusion surrounding can lights.
With electronic devices generated heat must be diffused in order to ensure proper performance and to avoid damage to components and the risk of fire.
Making can lights airtight by covering them with insulation also destroys the one useful “heatsink” application of conduction that is needed: diffusing the light bulb heat to prevent overheating.
In other words, if the metal is covered then during hot attic conditions the can light may become hot enough to trigger a safety circuit causing the lights to flicker or even shut off completely. Besides the visible inconvenience, overheating can degrade a light bulb’s efficiency and even shorten the lifespan of expensive LED bulbs.
In conclusion, Airtight IC rated fixtures don’t solve conduction problems because they are in the attic. The highly conductive metal transfers heat between attic and inside wasting both energy and money. Their insulation contact creates overheating and degrades light bulb efficiency while allowing both air and water to pass through attracting condensation and creation of mold. They compromise the comfort and efficiency of your home.
We developed CanCoverIt to solve these problems so that can lights will continue being the #1 aesthetically pleasing option for interior lighting while maintaining a safe, environmentally conscious, and cost saving addition to any home or business.
CanCoverIt removes can light fixtures from the harsh attic and brings them into the envelope of your home. CanCoverIt fixes can lights, and upgrades your home’s efficiency and comfort.