Is it difficult/expensive to replace recessed light...trim?

Old 12-03-14, 10:48 AM
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Is it difficult/expensive to replace recessed light...trim?

I just bought a bunch of new br30 LED bulbs and noticed that the actual recessed fixtures look outdated. How can I go about replacing this and is it hard? Here's a picture of what i'm talking about. 1 is pointing to that ugly ring around the hole, and 2 is pointing to the actual black insert thing that seems to be attached to some springs or something.

I don't want to replace it with those cool retrofit kits because those are significantly more expensive than the bulbs and I haven't found one i've been completely satisfied with (though I do have a Cree TW one in the shower that's pretty nice). Thanks!
Old 12-03-14, 11:31 AM
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The trim kits are widely available. Here's an example:

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For me, I would purchase the trim that includes LED disk light (aftermarket), but you already have the bulbs.

You can get better input by removing trim and posting a picture of the light housing itself. To remove trim: remove bulb. If there are no visible springs to remove inside housing, simply pull down on trim and you will see either it comes out fully (flapper springs), or it will pull down to a certain point and you will squeeze springs to release them from mounting tabs.
Old 12-03-14, 12:50 PM
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Just reach in and release the springs and the trim should drop out,see if you can find a mfg. And model number,also be careful using the complete LED trim in existing fixtures because they do create heat and there have been issues with the thermal protection in the fixture tripping on over temp.

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