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Old 08-24-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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I just installed 10 Halo H27RICAT recessed lighting cans in my basement. I'm trying to figure out which bulb type to get. I am looking for something that is more of a flood than a spotlight. It'll take BR30 or PAR30 type bulbs.

There is a wattage rating of 60w for the BR30 bulb type. I can buy a 65w incandescent bulb or a 60w Halogen with the particular trim that I am using (Halo 300P). Which option is safe? Technically, the 65w incandescent is 5w over the limit, but aren't Halogens hotter than traditional incandescents? That would make the 60w bulb hotter than the 65w.

I don't want to buy CFLs because I need reliable dimming for my X10 switch.

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So....you just installed 650 W (or more) of potential lighting?

They do make dimable CFL's.

Now, if your real purpose is to heat the basement, that many incandescents or Halogens will do it quite nicely......plan on installing an air conditioner....

As an option....maybe use lower wattage CFL's or break the cans up into banks so you can turn on as much light as you want.

Another option...LED bulbs...which are very dimmable...

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You may be limited to bulb size/type depending on the trim ring installed. Check the chart inside the fixture.

What he said. Dimmable CFL's require a dimmer rated for inductive loads(fan dimmer). LED's dim nicely and run cool, but very pricey.
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So....you just installed 650 W (or more) of potential lighting?

They do make dimable CFL's.

Now, if your real purpose is to heat the basement, that many incandescents or Halogens will do it quite nicely......plan on installing an air conditioner....

As an option....maybe use lower wattage CFL's or break the cans up into banks so you can turn on as much light as you want.

Another option...LED bulbs...which are very dimmable...
If you know of a CFL that dims reliably on an X10 switch, I'd love to buy it. So far, it doesn't appear that anyone is making one. LEDs may or may not work with X10, but at $50-$90 per bulb, they are way too expensive for me.
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