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Old 08-07-2014, 12:17 AM   #1
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We are working on remodeling our very basic bathroom. First we started off with removing the ceiling texture, now we have purchased 6 of these http://www.lowes.com/pd_520454-43921...hts&facetInfo=



Kind of wondering how to exactly place these to make it look best. Any tips?

Also we have blown in insulation, kind of worried about the possibility of the heat versus the blown in insulation. Should I buy those recessed light covers?

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Old 08-07-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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heat isn't the problem. air sealing is. and those don't look to be air sealed. so i would put them in air sealed boxes.

placement ? idk, i don't know what the room looks like.

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If they are going to be touching blown in insulation, you have to make sure you get housings rated for insulation contact. Those are not. 3 inch lights remind me of a flashlight in the ceiling. I prefer larger lights, but that's my opinion. You can always get a regular housing and put led bulbs in it, you don't need to get the houses with led's built in.
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You bought leds with a 3000K temperature? WOW! That's a very yellowish light...
Who would want that in a bathroom??? With the exception of a couple of service area bulbs (utility room, attic, etc), my home doesn't have a single bulb that is warmer than 4500K... Below that and the light looks like an ugly yellowish color..

You don't have to worry much about heat with LED.. Your lights are only 6 watts and a paltry 450 lumens which isn't going to look like very much at 3000K...

You'll need to put an air tight cover over the housing above the ceiling...
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Wonder if lowes will take these back without receipt? I should of asked here before jumping the gun and buying these.

Can you recommend a good housing and LED Light?
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Im thinking maybe these?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_525915-59179...hts&facetInfo=

http://www.lowes.com/pd_271211-337-H...&facetInfo=Yes


I will try to get some measurements and a layout of my bathroom.
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The Halo housings would work with direct insulation contact and are 99% air tight. Use caulk on exterior for 100% seal.
I'm planning to use these for our remodel.
https://www.1000bulbs.com/category/4...hts-65w-equal/
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I totally disagree about the color temperature. 3000k is pretty standard now. 2700 used to be the norm but LEDs seem to be 3000k or more. If you go higher the light is very white almost blue. I personally would never go over 4000k. That's what's used in commercial stores. Drive by the neighborhood at night and look at houses. You can tell right away who has the 4000k+ bulbs in the house because it's all white.
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Im thinking maybe these?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_525915-59179...hts&facetInfo=

http://www.lowes.com/pd_271211-337-H...&facetInfo=Yes


I will try to get some measurements and a layout of my bathroom.
I put the 4" versions of those in my theater room. Mine were not IC, but I don't have insulation in that ceiling. My wife said that the smaller lights look more modern.

I spaced the 4" lights at about 4' - 4.5' on center. But this was only 6 lights on the one half of the room.

I like the 3000K color. If you came in my room, you wouldn't know they were LED. I have an LED bulb in a lamp that is maybe 5500K or 6000K and it is too blue. You'd walk in and say, "THAT is an LED bulb."

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All I am seeing at the lowes is 6" recesed, I think thats a little to big for my bathroom, I think 4" will fir the setting good.

I am looking for a good IC Rated, airtight recessed housing, can anyone recommend one before I go out and pick something.
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Jump on Amazon....lots of selections.

I'm using some 4" recessed cans...IC but not air tight...it's the first floor so not an issue.

The did come come Halogen bulbs but I have replaced them with GU10 LED bulbs.

Nick has some great pics....and pretty much covers the colors.

But it's also important to note that wall color has a big impact on the 'perceived' bulb color. Unlike incandescent's, LED's tend to have a much more narrow color bandwidth and will reflect light off the walls a little different.

If I'm not depending on the reflection off a wall, I'm going to prefer a 5500-6500 range. If the light is close to a wall then the 4000K range tends to look better.

Also note LED bulb technology is changing quickly. The bulbs you buy today are much better than those from a year ago.
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Thanks, im still kind of unsure exactly what diameter light to get.
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guy....I feel your pain.

Based on my experience....6" works for a large room. 5" is a bit more 'comfortable' for a smaller room.

The 4" and 3" are more suited for task lighting.

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