Specific bulbs for recessed lights? Recommendation?

Old 05-05-11, 09:55 PM
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Specific bulbs for recessed lights? Recommendation?

I'm trying to understand recessed lights. Why do some housings mention specific bulb types? I would imagine that as long as the housing has a standard socket, it should be able to handle any bulb that fits.

Also, any recommendations on brand? I see a lot of reviews saying the the clips don't work well. I guess I'm looking for a non-IC remodel airtight housing.


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Old 05-06-11, 03:50 AM
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Why non IC? Is the area above your installation point insulated? If so, you will appreciate IC cans. Not sure what "clips" you are referring to. If for old work cans, they work like a dream. If you cut your hole too big, yeah, they won't work, but that's not the fault of the clip.
The newest thing out (if you don't have too many) is LED. They cost about $50 each, but you basically would be through buying bulbs for quite a long time.
Some can lights can take heat better than others. Too much heat buildup and the thermal switch will cut out and it will act like a bad set of Christmas tree lights. Never exceed the wattage posted on the individual can.
Old 05-07-11, 06:08 AM
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Only to add to Chandler post, it is the trim that dictates what bulb can be used. A tightly enclosed trim will hold more heat than an open trim and will cut out as Chandler mentioned.

We almost always use IC rated cans just in case somebody changes their mindand adds itch. I think big orange is phasing out their non-IC rated cans. We like to use Halo or Juno cans.

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