Recessed lighting for kitchen, halogen or LED?
I went looking for lighting at Wolfers today for our kitchen remodeling in the spring. For recessed light, the sales guys pulled up two recommendations: halogen or LED. Looking at the installed sample, the LED actually looked pretty nice (the sheet says it's a Lightolier Lytecaster). What surprised me was the prices. He quoted me $172 for the 5" LED, but $290 for the 4" halogen (both prices includes housing and trim). It really surprised me to hear that the halogen is so much more expensive (the sheet doesn't say what brand it is). When I asked him about all the $60 unit I see on the web, he said those are crappy model that'll likely go bad a few years. So here are my questions:
- Anyone have a kitchen full of LED recessed lights? Is it enough light, and is the light color good?
- Are good quality halogen recessed lights really that expensive? I don't mind paying more for high quality model that'll last a long time, as we are gutting the kitchen down to the studs, so any replacement will likely mean new ceiling.
- If it's really that expensive, and if LED light almost as good, why would I not use LED instead?