Recessed lighting differences

basiliskJanuary 6, 2010

Hello all,

I am getting my kitchen renovated, and I've gotten some varying opinions regarding recessed lighting from various people.

My GC is recommending Halo 4" PAR20 cans (H99T) at ~$50 each (material only). An electrician is recommending LiteLine 4" MR16 cans with an edison socket - not GU10 (HV4-HR01-NC) at $30 each (material only). Both are line voltage. The electrician thinks the MR16 is a bit better aesthetically. My understanding is that the MR16 typically puts out a little bit more light. Is there really much of a difference? (Or is the real difference in the light bulb, since the socket seems to be the same.)

I would also ideally like to switch to LED bulbs later on when they've improved...

Any thoughts?

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I suspect these line voltage lamps will put out half the light with half the life for half the cost of low voltage MR16 fixtures. Because of the heat of retrofit LED lamps, adding them later will probably require a further reduction in light output.

Look at these fixtures in a display with the proper lamps in them before making a decision.

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