How much clearance do I need to have between a new can light installation and miscellaneous other wiring running above the can?
We are placing can lights in a new soffit we are creating, but there is a multiple run of wires that go to the rest of the house just above where we want to put in the lights. There is currently about 3″ between where the new ceiling soffit will go and where the wires run. The space overall is much bigger since the beams are 11 and 1/2 inches deep, but unfortunately the electrician ran the new wiring down as low as 7 inches from the top of the beam thereby interfering perhaps with my ability to install can lights. I will only use florescent floods, but, how much clearance is required to be safe? Or is it safe to have the wiring touching the can? Thanks!
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