The background: I am remodeling my kitchen. I replaced the light over the sink with twin pendant lights. To mount them I went into the attic, cut holes in the ceiling plasterboard, installed plastic ceiling boxes, and ran NM cable to the boxes. Then I mounted the base plate of the lights on the boxes, and the lamps hang down about 20 inches.
In the attic, under the floorboards, is loose pink fiberglass insulation, apparently just poured in. To get to the where I needed to mount the boxes, I gathered up the insulation between the joists and stored it in plastic garbage bags. Of course, I used goggles, gloves, and a mask while working with the fiberglass.
Here is my question: I have heard that if you have recessed lighting installed in a ceiling, you need to keep insulation a certain distance away from the box. Does the same apply to my ceiling boxes? They do not have any lights in them, just the wires that connect to the pendant lights.
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