My LED retrofit
Just completed my LED retrofit for the ceiling lights in a house I'm moving into.
Some things that I learned:
1. The existing ceiling lights are made by Lightolier and the baffles have a well designed clip mechanism instead of the usual spring wires. Unfortunately, this means that most LED retrofit kits on the market (including the recent $15 special at Costco) will not fit. The Ecosmart kit just screws in and has three integrated arms that grab the interior of the can as you screw in the lamp.
2. The trim of the LED lights is narrower than the existing trim, which means that the surrounding area of the ceiling either needs cleaning or more likely repainting. Since my ceilings aren't all bright white this probably means a complete ceiling repaint.
3. Associated with number 2, because the LED trims are narrower, it is possible that they will not fully cover the cutout for the fixture, or at least require some careful positioning.
4. The Ecosmart LEDs are available in two color temperatures (whiteness of the light). The warm white (2700K) is a very good match for incandescents. The daylight white (3200K I think) might be good for a laundry room, although the lamp is twice the price of the 2700K version. See http://dsayed.tumblr.com/post/40437334464/comparison-of-different-led-fixtures
Here is a link that might be useful: LED retrofit
This post was edited by GromitInWA on Sun, Jan 13, 13 at 12:18