LED lighting in kitchen can fixtures

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Old 08-11-20, 09:41 AM
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LED lighting in kitchen can fixtures

We have can fixtures in our kitchen. They use PAR30 75 watt maximum bulbs. I replaced the incandescents with Ecosmart LED 12.5 watt (75 watt comparable) from Home Depot. Within the first 2 years on a 5 year warranty bulb I had one go out. Thought it was a fluke. Took it back to Home Depot and they honored the warranty and replaced the bulb. 1 month later, a second bulb has gone out. When I took it out of the fixture it was VERY hot. Not too hot to touch, but too hot to hold for any extended time. These bulbs say not for totally enclosed fixtures so I thought the can application would work. Anyone have any experience with these bulbs in can fixtures? Do you know of a better bulb for this application? Iím wanting 75 watt equivalent daylight (5000K) bulbs. THANKS!!!
 
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Old 08-11-20, 06:45 PM
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A can light is considered an enclosed fixture even though the bottom is open. Heat rises and heat is what kills LED bulbs. Rather then just using standard BR30 bulbs I would suggest trying and lamp/trim combo. They are designed to be installed in cans and many now come with a selector so you can choose the color you want. I have used these with good results: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commerci...-259/303780877

Higher lumen options: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Halo-RL-...EWHR/304533543

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commerci...1101/303974228
 
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Old 08-12-20, 05:14 AM
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Hi, these and many other LED bulbs do not get anywhere close to their rated life.
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Old 08-12-20, 06:22 AM
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I found similar with LED's & cans, use CFL's exclusively now!
 
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Old 08-12-20, 07:07 AM
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Tolyn - thanks for the info. What keeps these LED’s from overheating? They effectively totally enclose the can and will stop any air from circulating to help cool them. I don’t understand how these will keep from overheating even quicker than a bulb with an open bottom on the can?????
 
 

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