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Old 04-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, long time lurker, first time poster.

I want to retrofit my ugly 4" recessed spotlights in the basement, and would like to do it on a reasonable budget. My plan is to install GU10 socket bulbs - halogen or LED.

The home depot sells Eurofase conversion kits that would give me the look I want, but $18/piece is a little over my budget.

With a little DYI, I think I could put something together for about $8/piece. My thinking that perhaps a trim with a GU10 Whip Adapter would do the job? I'm haven't seen trims like that in person, so I'm not sure how the bulb would actually sit in it. Could anyone point me in the right direction?
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The trim is called a gimbal. The flood lamp clips into the trim.


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The Europhase kit is for a 6" can, not a 4".

A decent whip adapter is about $4, so you think you can DIY a gimbal trim for about another $4 ? Your definition of "a reasonable budget" needs to grow a bit.

A lot of the 4 inch gimbals are made so the bulb is retained by the trim and the GU10 socket moves with the bulb. Depending on the bulb clips, you might have to force the LED bulb into them, which often results in breaking the clips. The LED bulbs often have a slightly different profile than the halogens they "replace".

What make and model can do you have ? Depending on the quality of it, I would either look at what is available from the Mfg, or consider replacing both the can and trim.
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@djlandkpl: thanks.

@Oso954: yes, one of the local suppliers has the whip adapter and the trim for about $10 total. I will most likely order 1 just to see how well they are manufactured. The basement is to become my man-cave and will only be wife-approved if I keep it within budget, majority of which I'm saving for the home theatre equipment LOL.

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Lowes actually carries the very same kit I mentioned above for about $12. Seems to integrate well with the GU10 LED bulbs as well.

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