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Old 05-31-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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Anyone try the LED panels for drop ceiling?


So I am finishing my basement and using embassy ceiling tiles (Home Depot / lowes ). The problem I will run into if I use standard pot lights is the joists getting in the way. I came across these 4" led panels that are less then 1" deep. The look like they would solve any problems with the interfering joists, my question is has anyone tried them? Also because they are so thin I would be able to center them perfectly in the panel. Any info would be greatly appreciated

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not knowing what product you are referring to so I cannot comment on them specifically.

I do have a friend that installed a dozen or so square lights in his ceiling that sound about like what you are describing. He got them from fleabay and they were actually very very cheap (I think about $4 each if I recall). I didn't expect them to be worth anything but to my surprise they are actually really nice bright lights. Been in about a year or so and no problems so far.

one thing to pay attention to is how much light they put out. Not all LEDs of the same wattage will give you the same amount of light.
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Thanks for the reply. I was also looking on ebay, I will go to my local electrical supplier this week to see what they have, although I called around and they are 4 times the price. I just like the idea of the low profile and the fact that they are square. Does your friend have them on a dimmer? And how many does he have?
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the lights he has are not rated for a dimmer (the driver should be rated for a dimmer if you use a dimmer) but he put one on there anyway. It works, sort of. It doesn't work 100% correct but it works for the most part. When they are off he has to crank the dimmer up quite a bit before they will light. He can then run them back down after that though. No idea if it is going to shorten the life of his driver though.

as to how many:

he put 9 in his living room. the four corners on one switch and the center and the lights between the corners on another. That way he can have different levels of light (that was before he put a dimmer on anything).

I think he has 3 in a stairway going upstairs and 2 or 3 in the hall at the top of the stairs. So far he is extremely happy with the lights he bought.
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Thanks for the quick reply. The lights are so cheap I might just by 6 extra for the future.
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there are all sorts of square and round LED lights that are very thin and dimmable..... just search online for them.

here's one link
http://www.cooperindustries.com/cont...tions/led.html
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We just installed Cree 2'X2' panels in the conference room with 0-10volt dimmers. The office staff really like them.
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This is the ceiling I am installing in the basement http://www.embassyceiling.com/and these are the type of LED lights I would like to install http://www.lotusledlights.com/produc...-square-4-inch or something similar
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I will go to my local electrical supplier this week to see what they have, although I called around and they are 4 times the price.
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If i buy them locally they will cost me 4 times the price. I can buy online and buy an extra 10 pcs and keep them just in case. I will see what's local.
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