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Old 04-05-2010, 05:50 PM   #1
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New L.E.D. lights for can lights Good/Bad?


Has anyone used the new led bulds for can lights?

I like the eco use even though they are costly.

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Old 04-05-2010, 06:34 PM   #2
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Color temperature? To my eyes, even 3000K is too blue-white for interior use.

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Old 04-05-2010, 07:31 PM   #3
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another thing to watch out for. The ones sold in box stores are not quality. Reports have shown that these 30,000 lamps only last 1000. So no savings are to be had. If you need these lights on a dimmer the Led are fine. Otherwise stick with the CFL's
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another thing to watch out for. The ones sold in box stores are not quality. Reports have shown that these 30,000 lamps only last 1000. So no savings are to be had. If you need these lights on a dimmer the Led are fine. Otherwise stick with the CFL's


This is true nearly 100% of the time. Box store customers will not pay what a quality LED lamp costs, so the box stores don't buy the quality brands for the most part.

LED lamps in the PAR30 and MR16 styles have been pretty popular from what our company has seen - especially the MR16 in places like private boxes at stadiums/etc.

If you're serious I would also recommend looking into the LED retrofit modules from Halo. They make them for the 6" and 4" cans and they are available in multiple color temperatures so you won't be stuck with the blue light the cheap LED lamps put out.

Good luck.
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you can also buy CFL that are the same size and profile as the R30 lamps commonly used in recessed lights. These are also available for the dimming needs.
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I tried CFL floods in one of my rooms. I liked the light, but using the dimmer made these bulbs buzz, even though it stated on the box that they were dimmable. Do I need a certain type of dimmer switch for CFL floods?

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some do some do not. All have issues. Two things... if you normally dim the lights you are already saving energy. If this is not the case then you need to use the LED's
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The buzzing only occurs when they're dimmed.
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There are dimmers out there that are designed to work with CFL's. Lutron has one that is reasonable.

http://www.lutron.com/CMS400/page.aspx?id=22117

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