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New Panasonic recessed vent fan/light--LED

Posted by freshman (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 17:12

Has anyone used or looked at the Panasonic Whisper Recessed Vent Fan/Lights? A CFL version has been around for some time, but Panasonic just came out with an LED version. It has one 14 watt GU24 base LED dimmable lamp with specs of 575 lumens, 3000 Kelvin, and CRI>80. The 575 lumens concerns me...isn't that about the equivalent of a 40 watt incandescent bulb? But it also doesn't make sense. I thought LED lamps in general produce more lumens per watt than this (41 lumens/watt). The CFL version incudes one 18 watt GU24 spiral CFL that provides 1380 lumens, and is supposedly equivalent to a 75 watt incandescent. That would be plenty of light considering other light sources. I was hoping to go with the LED technology, but 575 lumens, if equal to a 40 watt incandescent, seems inadequate.

The model number is FV-08VRE1. It is in the online Panasonic catalog and is available through some retailers (Amazon has a good price on it), but no reviews anywhere yet.

I've read everything I can find, and it appears that the lumens per watt for LEDs can vary, but this one seems low for LEDs. I've asked Panasonic to verify the specs but have not yet received a reply. If anyone knows anything about this vent fan/light, or the lumens per watt output of LEDs in general, please advise.

Thanks so much!

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RE: New Panasonic recessed vent fan/light--LED

I think you are over analyzing this puppy. Besides what you think , or what is customary really doesn't matter. That product has the spex listed.

It may or may not fit your needs, but it's your choice to buy it or not.

WHy not simply get the standard base model and buy any screw in LED light you want. It'll be cheaper and give you lots more options.

Here is a link that might be useful: LED lights

RE: New Panasonic recessed vent fan/light--LED

My husband is quite taken with the recessed vent fan/lights. I realize it's my choice whether to buy this particular model or not; I am just seeking opinions from anyone that might already have the light, or may have looked at it. Isn't that what this site is all about?

All of the Panasonic vent fan/lights that I have considered have a GU24 base, so no, I won't be able to use any LED light I want.

Thank you for your response.

RE: New Panasonic recessed vent fan/light--LED

We have the cfl model in our guest bathroom. Wonderful light. It is warm light not icky fluorescent cold light) Cannot imagine ever wanting to dim it...when you are in the shower you want all the light you can get, once you are out it is off.

We have a 25w. led recessed can over our master bath (separate Panasonic fan nearby). No where near as bright.


RE: New Panasonic recessed vent fan/light--LED

Babka, thanks for your feedback. I think the safe thing to do is just go with the cfl model. I would not want to dim a shower light either!

RE: New Panasonic recessed vent fan/light--LED

freshman - If Panasonic doesn't make that model with a standard screw in light base ( so that you CAN use any LED lamp you want)

then just spec the Broan 744 that does have a screw in base.

It was first on the market anyway. Not as quiet as the Pany, but not loud by any means. And it's 75-100 bucks cheaper.

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