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Low Voltage LED Reassessed Lighting ?'s

Posted by TonySak (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 15, 11 at 12:16

My electrician is suggesting Low Voltage LED Reassessed Lighting for the kitchen/living room area in my addition. My impression of it is is instead of having all the transformer on the LED light itself, it moves it to a single location so it can be easier and cost effectively replaced if it fails. I guess it would also be about 50% cheaper than going with a Cree housing and bulb.

Can any one recommend a good brand name for this?


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RE: Low Voltage LED Reassessed Lighting ?'s

If you're looking for LED recessed lighting, it is extremely difficult to beat Cree.

The only other brand that is worth considering is the Sylvania RT6.

Having a single transformer in one location works for under cabinet lighting since the total length of low voltage wiring is small (typically < 30 ft for the sum of all the runs to one transformer which will also be =< 100W)

For recessed lighting, the total wiring length will be much longer since the lights will most likely not be daisy chained in series.

The total wattage requirements will most likely exceed 100W, requiring a larger transformer and thicker wiring. There are tables available for low voltage wiring lengths and thickness.

The voltage drop across the longest run may also be too great for the light to work properly.

In addition, the transformer would need to be in an accessible location to be changed out.

The housing itself will < $20. The CR6 itself is ~ $50. The LR6 costs about $80 - $100. Most installs do not require changing the trim.


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