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Question DetailsAsked on 11/7/2013

I'd like to get a sound proof Quiet box installed around existing recessed lights. Can most electricians do this?

I had 6 recessed lights that are already installed in my living room and now the ceiling lets too much sound in and out. I can hear the upstairs neighbor when she talks and pretty sure vice versus.

Can I get an electrician to install a Quiet Box around the existing lights without having to replace the entire ceiling? How labor intensive would it be and about how much would that cost?
I'd like to blow fiber glass insulation into the ceiling for some more soundproofing, since there isn't any currently, but the recessed lights complicated things.

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Yes an electrician can do this - as can most insulation contractors. I would question if the quiet boxes will do what you want - because of the open space requirements on vented cans, you will have little or no insulation at the cans themselves so noise will still travel through that airspace, so you might consider going with unvented zero-space cans (rated service IC - for Insulation Covered), where the insulation can come right up to and around them. It would require opening the ceiling up less than putting boxes around them (so less drywall damage to repair), and would almost certainly be cheaper all around than boxing them out. You can also get low-profile IC cans or recessed lights so you will have more insulation above them. About $8-50 each purchase cost depending on diameter and if gimballed or not (allowing direction of beam to be aimed), plus of course installation cost. They commonly come about half off in 6-packs, so big savings there too in your case. Would also reduce insulation cost, because they could blow insulation freely without worrying about light clearance.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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