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Old 08-25-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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LED flood lights in recessed socket?

I have a drop ceiling with recessed lighting using flood type bulbs, a real odd 130 volt socket. My bulbs are 65 watt I think

I would like to go with something more energy friendly and that run a little cooler heat wise, LEDs.

So, I am wondering something, can I actually find 130 volt LED flood light style bulbs? Do I HAVE to use 130 volt bulbs or can I use standard 120 volt LED bulbs?


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Old 08-26-2010, 05:52 AM   #2
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Any bulb that does not produce more heat than the existing bulb, should work just fine. There should be a chart inside the fixture that says what bulbs can be used with the trim ring you have, but LED are likley not listed(too new), should be fine regardless.


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130V? That sounds a little outside normal range of voltage to me. How did you measure it?

Given your location, I assume that this is standard, US, 110V, 60Hz power. I have seen (and use) CFLs and LED bulbs in recessed lighting. I see them at many places, including Lowes, HD, Walmart, Sam's Club, etc.... Most don't dim. Pay attention to light color (I don't like the extreme whites of some).
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:02 AM   #4
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In the US the standard voltage is 120, not 110.

I don't know about a 130 volt socket, but a 130 volt bulb is considered rough service or where very long life is needed. The filament is different.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:34 PM   #5
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Did not measure it, its listed on the socket, well shroud. My guess is these sockets are for comercial use? Maybe its just listing max power?

When the first bulb burned out we just took it to the local home depot and asked for another and bought a case so we had them. I will try to take a photo of the socket later
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130 volts is the maximum in this case. Just to assure folks that if their voltage is indeed 130 volts or even a coupl'a volts over some of the time then that socket can still be used.


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