Recessed Lighting. Expert Advice Needed

johne62September 18, 2010

I am updating my family room and dining room. As part of the process my wife has decided she wants recessed lights. She likes the 4 inch size. What options do I have other than standard incandescent bulbs. I am trying to be as green as possible but since I need to install 18 fixtures cost is also an issue. I look forward to your reply

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I don't fit your request for an expert, but as I was just starting to research recessed lights for myself recently, I found something called the Ecobulb Plus by Feit Electric. They have less mercury than normal CFLs, and even tout having less lead in the bulb reflector and screw area.

If you scroll down to ECObulb Plus Indoor Reflectors and Hard reflector sections on the link below, you might find something that will work with a 4".

Seems like these bulbs aren't available everywhere, but I saw them at a local hardware store. The site also says you can get them at some Lowes, Bed Bath Beyond, Costco, Walgreens. I would definitely talk to the person at the store to make sure they would work with your can.

In regards to cost, I was looking at some R30 for a 6" can. It was $20 for a pack of 4, if I remember correctly.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 2:26AM
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Thanks for the tip, I will check it out. Does anyone have a good source for LED bulbs I would like to check those out as well. In looking online prices are all over the place

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 8:36PM
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This is the best price I've seen, for a LED w/ good output. However, it is for 6" cans.
Lithonia Reality LED Recessed Can Kit

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 12:35PM
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Thanks, that's a great price. Will try to talk the wife into a larger can

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 9:01PM
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You may want to look at the CREE CR6 series.
polar-ray - 64.99
Home Depot ~49.97

    Bookmark   September 24, 2010 at 9:42PM
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Definitely not an expert - but after much research, we've decided on the Cree CR6 in a 6" can that we bought for $4.75 - so a grand total of around $54/light (got the Crees at HD for $49.97).

    Bookmark   September 26, 2010 at 12:25AM
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Analysisparlysis - your total cost of $54/ light is impressive. Where where you able to find the cans so cheap?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2010 at 5:06PM
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