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Old 11-29-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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So we're renovating an older 1950s house and we're going to be adding can lights throughout the first floor (ranch style house) and I'm looking for some suggestions for good brands. I've swapped can lights out for the old "boob" lights in our old house, and always used the home depot cheapo brand, but they don't look very nice, and are a bit of a pain to install. So now we need 50 some lights in the new house and I want to do this right the first time. I have full access from the attic, so I'll be using new construction housings, even though it's a bit harder to make cut the holes than retrofit, but I figure I'd do it right since I have access instead of hanging the cans off the drywall.

We had toyed with the idea of dimmable fluorescent based housings, but they're pretty expensive, and I've had good success with just plain old non dimmable CFLs to date. The wife would like dimmer capability in the big living room, so I've found a CFL capable dimmer switch and dimmable bulbs, and people said they had ok success with that, but I'm not sure that works on a 3-way switch, so that might be out of the question. If you know how to get a dimmable fluorescent setup for a 3-way lighting, that also would be appreciated!

Thanks, Bill


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Old 11-29-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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I like Lightolier myself...


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I use nothing but Halo or Juno.
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Thanks, I'll definetly get the airtight ones, as I have a lot of insulating to do up in the attic already, so why make my job harder!
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:24 AM   #6
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The most common one I used is either Juno or Halo but from time to time I use the Lightolier but the first two is most used.

Just don't buy off name brand which you will find in Big Box stores.

( many big box store keep one kind of off name brand for while then change to differnt one so find trim and other parts may can be challange so keep it in your mind )



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