We have been replacing flood lights in our kitchen with CFLs. THe
problem is that they don't flood well and the more CFLs we put in, the
more dark and shadowy it becomes. Even though those are supposedly the
equivalent to what we had. Any suggestion other than buying a couple
cases of incandescents before they go away? (Same for the bathroom where
the shadows are making harder for Kay to do her makeup.
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I assume that you're talking about recessed "can" type downlight fixtures in
your kitchen and bath. Are you installing reflector type CFLs or the
screw-in "spiral" type that you might also install in a floor or table lamp?
The "can" downlights require a reflector type bulb to project the light out
of the fixture; otherwise the light just stays inside the can. Such
fixtures were designed for incandescent halogen reflector and "PAR" bulbs
which have excellent projection optics.
Reflector CFLs work much better than spiral CFLs, but CFLs are just not a
good optical match with the downlight fixture designs.
Take a look at the LED retrofit kits designed for these fixtures.
Osram-Sylvania has one called the Ultra RT4 and Cree LED Lighting has what
they call the CR6 Downlight. Both are permanent solutions - no more bulbs
to replace for 10-20 years although they're both more expensive initially.
However, the Cree unit is dimmable and has a 5-year warranty and you'll
eventually pay off the higher initial cost via energy savings.
You could also install a screw-in LED PAR bulb. The cost would be less, but
there are so many types and sizes now on the market, that it would be a
guessing game to find ones that would work best with your fixtures. Maybe
you can work a deal with a bulb retailer to get several types and then
return what doesn't work in your fixtures.
Floods, heavy duty, and other specialty incandescents aren't going away.
Only 100W are going away at beginning of year, 75W and 60W the
AFAIK, the floods aren't under the ban. They may get a little harder to
come by as replacement CFLs of the various ilks and other alternatives
are more prevalent, who knows...
Don't buy the "equivalent." Buy the highest-rated ones you can.
I use 150W "equivalent" CFLs in all my table lamps. Brighter than the
old 100W incandescent bulbs, yet only use 1/2 the energy.
I use 120W "equivalent" bulbs in my flood lights. Again, brighter
than 75W incandescent floods by a long shot, and lots cooler.
*I Agree. My standard bulb unless otherwise requested, for recessed
lighting installations is a 75 watt BR40 halogen made by a Westinghouse
licensee that I get at my local electrical supply company. Home Depot
stocks Phillips 70 watt BR40 halogens which are brighter than a 100 watt
I have seen the compact fluorescent floodlights in many homes. They usually
take a long time to reach maximum brightness and the amount of light is
I was thoroughly disappointed and disgusted with the light I got from the 16
can lights I put in our kitchen remodel. I tried different types of bulbs,
but at the price they want for one bulb today, I soon tired of that. Then
one day, I was at HD, and they had eight packs of those little halogen
floods for $2 per package. I bought about twelve years worth of bulbs, and
for that price just figured I'd learn to cope. My wife did the lighting
before the kitchen, and she thoroughly screwed up royally in placing a light
where a task was to be performed. But, knowing her, she'll probably have
the electrician, sheetrocker, and painter back to correct
Lighting is not just providing illumination. Lots of other things to
consider, and lots of types and spectrums of light. It's just that it is
expensive to experiment.
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