Vaulted Ceiling Insulation and downlights

28 Dec 2020
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I'm hoping someone can shed some clear light on this topic.

Theres lots of discussion online but seems to be very much a grey area with no clear answer.

We've had approval to build a new ensuite in the master bedroom. Part of the ceiling is sloped/vaulted with no insulation.
As part of the build I wanted I thought now would be the best time to insulate that bit of ceiling.

My plan was to simply overboard with insulated plasterboard, rather than ripping down the old stuff and insulating between the rafters as well.

Now the issues come when looking to add downlights or even an extraction fan I suppose as this would require cutting holes in the insulation, taking away the thermal properties of the insulation and possibly causing condensation issues.

In my opinion the loss of thermal efficiency made my a few small holes will not outweigh the improvement of the adding the insulation in the first place. There will still be a large air gap behind the lights between the rafters, I hope this would avoid any condensation issues. But I really don't know at this stage.

What are my options for insulating this space and installing downlights?



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some of the surface mount led lights are even thinner. I have one that is only 12mm
I have seen these lights but there's still the question of cutting to allow wires and possibly drivers for the lights
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I should also mention, the flat area of the ceiling isn't flat roof and does lead into the loft as normal, so that small area is covered with loft insulation. Cutting a hole in the pir here won't lead into an open gap, and the downlight will be suitable to to covered.

It's just sloped areas that have no insulation at all.

The lights will likely go in the flat area, however it's been discussed about using tilt adjustable downlights in the sloped section of ceiling.


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