Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 17
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Homeowner Excellent buy.
I wanted to replace the old PAR16 60W halogen floods in my dining room window with LED bulbs but there were very few options, I wanted to have the same gimbal feature as well but again replacement bulbs in LED were up in the $30 range anyway so I went with these.
After reading about filing rivets I was a bit apprehensive but went for it anyway since I could always return them. They fit into my old HALO H99T housings without a problem at all, I installed all four in 15 minutes. The existing Lutron magnetic dimmer did not need to be changed either.
- Color is whiter that the 60W halogens they replaced and seem brighter.
- Probably not full spectrum like the halogens but look great and are going to save money on electric.
- Takes a 1/10th of a second to come on but dimming range is excellent from full on to nearly off.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by don1232 A great light.
My electrician and I installed 30 + of these cans in a basement project, and never once did we have to file a rivet. If you know what you're doing they're a breeze. They produce great light. And are a great value for the money. Like anything a little experience helps.
May 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by kento A nice looking replacement for a 4" can with installation issues.
It took a while to figure out why the fixture would not fully insert into the can, not allowing it to be flush with the ceiling. It turns out that the 2 rivets holding the metal standoff that supports the electronics need to be filed down to allow the unit to seat properly in the can. If you don't mind having to modify the product to circumvent this design flaw, it works well and looks nice. Since there's no simple bulb in this unit, I do have reservations about the cost of replacing the light should it fail after the seemingly short 3 year warranty. LED bulbs from other manufacturers typically carry a 6 year guarantee.
January 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by paulie awesome
Easy to install great lite output best product out there for the money. Would purchase again
August 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by M3Pete Nice, cost effective solution with installation issues
Summary: Nice light, relatively inexpensive, dims well, color is pleasant, direction easy to change, but installation is a pain.
I agree with kento, this is a good light, but the rivets holding up the electronics above the lamp interfere with installation into the cans listed on the fixture. I used a Halo H99ICAT from HD, but had to file the rivets to get it in. There is still enough meat on the rivets to hold the bracket that supports the electronics, but it took about 10 minutes a light to get it filed down.
The other pain is the ground wire that you have to self tap into the top of the can. It is difficult to get the wire and the screw up there, in a narrow 4" can, without having the wire pull the screw off the screwdriver, even with a magnetic tip. I had to disconnect the ground wire from the light, which requires removing the electronics from the support bracket to get the ground wire on and off.
I disagree with Homedepotshopper, I like the end result very much. I am using them as wall washers, so I do not see the face of the bulb. The light both swivels and tilts, so you can change the light direction and angle after it is installed.
This seems to be one of the least expensive 4" LED gimbals available right now, I've been looking around and don't find much else for this price. It dims well with a Leviton Vizia vpi06 dimmer. I did not notice any color change, which sometimes happens with LED dimming. The color is just a touch whiter than the soft white of the Ecosmart 4" soft white LED recessed lights in the rest of the room, but still a warm color. They are nice and bright, probably about the same as a 50 watt halogen, for only 12 watts.
I liked the construction as well, they appear to be all cast aluminum, not plastic. I found this by being slightly careless with the file, and filing through the white paint on the trim (the underside, where it won't show)
But I did find a quality control issue. I bought five lights and tested all of them. One was noticeably dimmer than the rest, and took nearly a full second longer to light. The other four were very consistent in brightness, even when dimmed.
Bottom line: if you are a DIYer who does not mind a bit of modification to get this light to install, go for it. If you are a contractor looking to put these in and not spend all day doing it, either find the right can or use a different light.
February 25, 2013