Protecting downlights in loft when insulating

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I’ve been walking on them for the last few weeks as I’ve been clearing the loft out

Maybe I’ll just insulate and put new insulated hatch in!
 
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Just browsing Facebook and a loft boarding and insulation company replied to someone saying that it’s only Halogen lights that need protection and LED lights do not

This suggests that I DO NOT need to cover the Downlights - is this correct?

I would still cover them, at least to give the LED lights some cooling air flow. It is usually poor airflow/heat build up, which causes LED's to fail.
 
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Now I’ve exposed them more, they’re too close to the joists to put protectors over them

What’s my choices? Just cover them with insulation and hope for the best?

Nail a bit of timber across the top, between the two adjacent joists, just to provide some airspace under the insulation.
 
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