Mic M
Mic M
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Asked on Feb 14, 2013

Have can lights in kitchen and replacing flood type bulbs w/florescence bulbs,but lights are not as bright and have

Jeanette SZKMS Woodworks
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yellow cast to them. Any suggestions to get back brighter light?
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  • You can get flood type bulbs that should produce the light you are looking for. If your doing this, If your just using a CPF light the ones that look like a pigs tail wound around those alone will not produce enough light out of the can. I would suggest that you carefully seal off the openings within the can to prevent air leakage from getting into the space above. This will also save energy. Pull the trim ring down also and using caulk seal the can to the ceiling. Another method of sealing the house. You can now also purchase a retrofit LED fixture that replaces the inside of the fixture. It simply screws into the existing fixture and converts it to LED. These bulbs are brighter,can be dimmed and last just about forever. They are expensive, but if the fixture is hard to access, it is something you may want to consider. http://bcove.me/301rwjeu

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 15, 2013

    I've installed some of these http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=202240934&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&cm_sp=BazVoice-_-RLP-_-202240934-_-x#.UR5V4h3WigM they are pricey like Bob mentioned above but work great... with a 4.8 star review out of 5 others agree. 9.5 watts of consumption putting out 65 watts worth of light. LED are indeed the trend of the future, I set up my small off grid cabin with 100% LED lights...with every thing on ( which we rarely do) I used 38 watts

  • Jeanette S
    on Feb 16, 2013

    I HATE the new light bulbs...those pig tail ones...let's send them back to the pig that made them! My bedroom light comes on and it is awful...takes a minute or two for it brighten up a little. I have had a couple of them sort of explode...not break the glass but billow out smoke with a loud pop...scared me to death. One actually fried my surge protector. In all my many (and I mean many) years, I have never had a bulb do that so I know it is the new bulbs causing it because it has happened too many times recently. And we bought top of the line bulbs because I though they would be better! HA! was I wrong.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 16, 2013

    @Jeanette S some of those CFL are not compatible with dimmers and if used with a dimmer will fry. CFL's will eventually take a back seat to the LED's. LED's run cooler, use less power and do not contain mercury.

  • Jeanette S
    on Feb 16, 2013

    These were not in dimmers but lamps. Scared us to death! HA! That is a quick, cheap way to get a heart test! We have put some LEDs in some lamps I like to use for security. They are very low watts. I think we will probably get some larger ones

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 17, 2013

    The LED come in two basic "colors" the cool white and the warm white. I prefer the warm white hands down.

  • Z
    on Feb 17, 2013

    We recently replaced all but two of our can lights with the LED retrofit kits and love them. They take a second or two to turn on, but once they do they are bright! We love them. After being forced to use the CFLs we were thrilled when we heard about these from our favorite electrical department clerk at HoDe. The two we didn't change out are in our sunroom. I recently rearranged our furniture and our dining table will be under them so they'll be replaced with pendant fixtures. They have candelabra sized sockets so in order to get the brightness we need we'll have to use the instant on CFLs. The pendant lights just screw in where the old can light fit. You can adjust the length of the pendant by wrapping the cord around a special spot above the canopy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5u38cA1OZk

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  • Jeanette S
    on Feb 18, 2013

    I am glad to hear more good stuff about LEDs. We bought a few and scattered them about to try them in different places. So far, I love them all. Have both the cool and warm LED bulbs...even some of the love watt for keeping lights on at night in empty rooms. I like the cool in the ceiling fixtures and the warm in the lamps. I don't use ceiling light much, but when I do, I want it as bright as I can get. In fact, we put florescent in the kitchen and a nice large fixture up in the den where hubby reads. Elderly eyes need light...just the way it goes! HA!

    • Dee
      on Jul 24, 2016

      thanks for the info. I purchased a Hampton Bay LED yesterday at HD it is 32 inches long by 18 wide in oval shape. I hope it does the job like you said old eyes need light. I really liked a Lithonia but it had the old fluorescent lights and looked quite dull compared to the one I purchased. When I put it up if there is not enough light with the LED I will return it for the Lithonia one.

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