Hideous new lights, burnt eyeballs - Pls HELP

scoutyyyMay 11, 2011

I live in California and my electrician installed hideous new recessed fluorescent cans in kitchen remodel - they look like solar tubes, a bright blue/white beaming down, I think I burned my eyeballs.

What can I fix these with? I'm sure he used cheapo bulbs - can anyone recommend a good, warm light to replace these with?

Are diffusers available? I've looked all over online with no luck. There is no way I can live with these without my sunglasses on 24/7. Please help!

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lightguy

Not knowing the specifics of the unit, I can't say exactly. But a few things that can help:

Take out a bulb and replace it with a new bulb with a color temperature of around 2700k- that should warm up the light.

Lower the wattage of the bulb.

Find out the manufacturer and see if they have any filters/ lenses in their catalog that you can use.

good luck.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 4:46PM
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scoutyyy

I pulled them out and these are the bulbs...see link below. 26w 3500k color....so I should shoot for the 2700 range?

Here is a link that might be useful: Satco lightbulbs

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 5:24PM
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Granite_Man

I would opt for the 2700K.

Here is a link that might be useful: 2700K Version

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 10:12PM
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scoutyyy

Thanks granite_man and lightguy.

I will look for the 2700 ones. I knew my guy cheaped out. They are really horrible, very artificial looking and cold.

I appreciate the help. I'll save my sunglasses for the real thing.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 11:37PM
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zzyzx

I like the bluer (cooler) lighting color. It's just a matter of preference. If you have grown accustom to incandescent lighting, then you want to stay with warm color temperature lighting 2700k or so. A cooler color temperature doesn't necessarily mean cheaper..

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 11:20AM
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roadbike

The harshness of the lighting has nothing to do with the price he paid for the bulbs. So-called daylight bulbs tend to have a seemingly thin harsh light compared to the 2700 to 2900 degree bulbs. Despite their common name the light output has little resemblance to daylight.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 3:35PM
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