Question - Can you use LED light bulbs in recessed lighting?

Answered by: Andrew Clark  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-06-2022  |  Views: 799  |  Total Questions: 12

For warm, general lighting, most people prefer incandescent lamps. LED light bulbs can combine several of these characteristics. If you want to be able to dim your recessed lights, or control them with a remote or automated system, choose fixtures you can use incandescent, halogen or LED light bulbs in. In the past, we would use incandescent 65W BR30 lamps or 75W Halogen PAR30 long neck lamps in 5 - 6 inch recessed can lights. Using an LED bulb in an enclosed fixture when it isn't designed for that may cause the bulb to overheat, potentially causing damage to the light bulb and fixture. Even a little extra heat can shorten the lifespan of the bulb and keep you from enjoying the full value of your investment. Pull up and out on the springs to release the baffle inside your can light. Remove the trim by simply pulling it off the ceiling. Grab your new retrofit LED recessed light and screw the adapter into the light bulb socket, exactly as you would screw in a light bulb. You'll want light bulbs for recessed lighting that fit nicely within your can with plenty of room for you to insert the light bulb. Light Bulb sizes are diameter of the bulb and are the following: 1 3/8" (MR11), 2" (PAR16, MR16), 2 1/2" (PAR20, R20), 3 3/4" (PAR30, R30), 4 3/4" (PAR38), 5" (R40).

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Accent Lighting Lamp Brightness (lumens) CRI PAR20 LED 320-550 65-95 BR30 Incandescent 650-700 100 BR30 CFL 670-750 80-90 BR30 LED 570-800 65-95

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When making your decision, it is important to understand the differences between the two sources. General ceiling lights typically use incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs. With the combination of the low voltage bulbs and adjustable trims on the recessed cans, it is much easier to illuminate a room.

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To determine how far apart to space your recessed lights, divide the height of the ceiling by two. If a room has an 8 foot ceiling, you should space your recessed lights approximately 4 feet apart. If the ceiling is 10 feet, you'll want to put about 5 feet of space in between each fixture.

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Size and Layering. Size recommendations say to place 4-inch lamps 4 feet apart and 6-inch lamps 6 feet apart. However, these are general guidelines. Smaller task or accent lighting using 2-inch or 3-inch lamps can work in conjunction with well-placed general recessed lighting.

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5 Advantages of Recessed Canister Light Fixtures But recessed light fixtures usually are not very visible, making them a good choice where you want the light itself to be the design element, not the fixture hardware. The reason recessed lights never go out of style is that they have never really been in style.

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Most residential downlights top out at 7 ½” deep, meaning they will generally fit. Shallow recessed lighting is available if you don't have much room. Most shallow recessed light fixtures are only 5” deep or less. There are deep housings available if you have extra room.

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Conventional installation method Layout your light locations on the ceiling. Cut the hole that you'll install the fixture into. Run your wire to the light location. Make your electrical connections. Connect the driver to the light. Tuck the junction box through the hole. Install your light into the hole. That's it!

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The lamp of baffle trims sit inside the trim minimizing glare and essentially softening bright light, making it more comfortable and less straining on the eyes. The cover is designed to protect the light bulb and interior housing from moisture.

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Some costs involved with the installation of pot lights are: Installing the lights - $100 to $200 by an electrician. Wiring the lights into the ceiling - $70 to $140 per light. Moving around any obstacles (heating ducts, joists, other wires) - $200 or more per light.

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LED bulb flickering can be traced in almost every instance to a non-compatible dimmer switch in the lighting circuit. LED bulbs don't have glowing filaments. When the dimmer switch goes off and on many times per second, the LED bulb becomes a flickering strobe light.

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Yes, in many cases, you can simply replace your bulbs separately, one by one. Replacing your existing incandescent or halogen bulbs with durable LED bulbs offers numerous benefits. You enjoy an even better light performance and benefit from very low energy consumption.

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LED lights do not emit light from a vacuum as most other bulb types do. Overheating is one of the reasons a bulb could start a fire, but that is highly unlikely to happen with LED lights. They may feel hot to touch, but they produce light at a significantly lower temperature than other bulbs.