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Old 04-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #1
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I want to put can lights in the kitchen and intend to use LED bulbs. With LED bulbs more popular and the ability to buy LED bulbs that fit into your ordinary fixture do I really need to buy cans that are specifically LED? they are much more expensive and not as readily available as those intended for incandescent. Thanks for the help!

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I want to put can lights in the kitchen and intend to use LED bulbs. With LED bulbs more popular and the ability to buy LED bulbs that fit into your ordinary fixture do I really need to buy cans that are specifically LED? they are much more expensive and not as readily available as those intended for incandescent. Thanks for the help!
No you don't need to buy the LED fixtures. The LED bulbs are expensive, $20 for an A19 40W and it goes up from there. I use the LED's in a standard Halo recessed light and they work fine. There are a few states (California) have some special requirements around recessed lighting and air-tight housings/trims and some restrictions on incandescent lighting in certain rooms and may require occupancy sensor switches, etc.

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Calif. you can retrofit cans made for incandescent lighting to cans that will comply with Title 24 energy
Standards by cutting off the socket and installing anew GU-24 receptacle for the LED.
If that answers your question.

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Thanks guys! I live in OK so I don't think coding is an issue
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Now that I think about it, are LED lamps available that fit an incan. socket?
I don't think so but I may be wrong.

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Now that I think about it, are LED lamps available that fit an incan. socket?
I don't think so but I may be wrong.

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They are widely available but expensive.
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there are a LED bulbs available to fit in an incandescent socket, many at a very reasonable rate and available at walmart, the issue with these lamps is they shift the light to blue, which is generally not a color one is wanting in the common areas of their home. After much research it appears this is the only real reason to install LED specific cans. The LED specific cans allow you to use the higher quality (more $$) LED bulbs which don't shift the light to blue and are more like their incandescent counterparts with a warm yellowish glow. We have decided that because of the current cost of the LED cans and the quality LED bulbs; to go with an incandescent can and bulb for the time being. With LED being such an energy saving technology we're confidant that they'll get the color shift under control in the next few years and what is now considered high end LED will be available at the lower end, mass produce price. Thanks for all your help!!


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