Replace recessed lighting in shower

Old 12-13-13, 05:04 PM
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Replace recessed lighting in shower

I have a shower with recessed lighting that uses plug in florescent (PL-C 13w GX23 base) bulbs. From researching this, it appears that no other bulb can be used in this light.

The problem is that the bulb puts out very little light and it flickers terribly when it is first switched on. I would really like to replace it, but I am trying to gather my options.

1. I might be able to change out the plug base to accept either 18w or 26w PL-C bulbs. Though, I am not sure if the ballast in the current set up can handle that wattage. I am guessing this would also not help the flickering.

2. I see some LED options in the GX23 base, but these appear to have the same or lower lumen output than my current 13w PL-Cs. Also, these are pricey and I would need to rewire to bypass the ballast. Has anyone used these?

3. The last option I can think of is to change out the entire can for a screw-in set up. This sounds like more work than I was hoping, and I would prefer not to have get into the attic. I have a feeling this might be the best long-term solution though.

Any other ideas or suggestions?
Old 12-14-13, 06:36 AM
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If the can is of standard size then a remodel can would actually be the easiest and safest solution IMO. Aside from the trip into the attic, the balance can be done from the bathroom side. IC Cans are cheap, its the trim kit that makes it OK to use in a wet location like the shower. Make sure everything is approved for use in a shower location.
Old 12-14-13, 04:10 PM
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Title 24 may limit your choices of energy efficient lights in the bathroom. A screw in fixture is not allowed since the bulb could be changed out of a regular incandescent loosing the energy savings.

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