Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 12
Rated 5 out of 5Â by pepe67 Exactly what I wanted
I purchased the lights to replace six 45w can lights. They are much brighter than the old lights and the fact that they are not recessed means they cast more light into the room. I also bought a dimmer (TGCL-153PR-WH Toggler 150-Watt Single Pole/3-Way Preset CFL-LED Dimmer) which makes the new lights very flexible. The lights were very easy to install. It took 30 minutes at most to put in all six.
The other benefit was that they are sealed. My old can lights leaked lots of cold air in the winter! These are a vast improvement.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Buzz Remodel of Office Lighting
Great product for remodeling office space that needed more light. It will also be good for current and future energy savings. Replaced a low light chandelier appx. 75W with 6 12W LED 4" recessed commercial can lights that are very bright and are now controlled by a dimmer. Installation was accomplished by placing cans on 32" centers powered from old ceiling fixture wiring. Cans or Junction boxes are Carlon1-Gang 18 cu. in. Round used for remodeling. The ceiling boxes have a height of about only 2 3/4" . The light hardware fits within the box. It takes very little ceiling space. They do not put out heat, but run cool. Fixture holes were drilled with slow speed 4" hole saw after locating ceiling beams. The junction boxes need to be located so that they will clear the beams. Wiring was accessed by drilling 1/2" holes through the middle of the ceiling beams with a 3' flex drill sold in most electrical departments. Beams are on 16' centers and in two lights we had to drill through two beams. The 4' hole allows sufficient access that it is relatively easy to locate correct 1/2" hole placement once the bit is engaged in the beam. The power drill easily bores through the beam with the drill appx a foot below the ceiling, the shaft of the bit fulcrums off the edge of the access hole. Use the ceiling as a help to your curving the bit. The edge of the hole, at least a 1/4" will be covered by the box if you have some scaring of the edge. Pull your wiring and seat your junction boxes. Wire the lights per instructions. Placed blank on old fixture junction box, will probably use it for future fan.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DIYHomeowner looks great, easy to install, even when replacing Jbox
I replaced my old Jbox with the correct size and if fit perfect. Earlier reviewer had issues with correct screws for Jbox. I found it easier to install if I pre-installed the mounting screws and then take them out, therefore making it easier to reinstall the screws on final installation. The fit was not so tight. I used them in my 2nd story hallway and found them extremely bright. Much easier that installing 4" can lights. The profile is very small. Looks great compared to the old surface mount light fixtures. Also found it easier to take the grd wire off the light fixture, then reinstall after making all the wire connections in the jbox. Not much room in the Jbox.
July 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Koblog Bright, Compact, 12.5 watts
LEDs are really changing the way we light. Look for the traditional 6" PAR38, R40, 5" R30, and even smaller hot incandescent "can" lights to disappear soon. No need for deep, giant, insulated fixtures anymore: this unit is only 1" deep, consumes only a few watts, produces almost no heat and theoretically will "burn" for twenty or thirty years. "Changing bulbs" will become as quaint a term as the "78 RPM record album."
All you need now is a simple electrical box in the ceiling to gather the wires. While this T-47 unit technically can fit in certain round or octagonal boxes, I spent a long time in the Electrical Box aisle with the T-47 in my hand, seeing if it can fit in various boxes and still have enough room for Romex connectors and wire nuts. I settled on the Raco 8235 4" Steel Square Box that's 2-1/8" deep. Works great. Has 1/2" knockouts and a steel mounting strap.
The T-47 itself is driven by 5 closely spaced CREE LEDs marked as 120 VAC, 105 mA, 12.5 watts, 0.9 pF (picofarad --a measure of capacitance) and "Suitable for wet locations." The outer diameter is 6". The mounting screws are spaced 2-3/4" apart. The back body of the unit is 3-1/4" in diameter. The diffuser that emits the light is 3-1/4" in diameter.
It outputs a pleasing, approx 2700 degree kelvin (a regular incandescent bulb is about 2800K), warm, diffused, very bright light that easily outpaces that miserable fluorescent junk forced on us. The unit is not recessed at all; the diffuser is flush with the surface and slightly domed. This design throws light everywhere, perfect for over the bathroom sink where I want light on my face, not projected onto the vanity surface. It's not a "mood" light.
It comes with a 4" can retrofit kit: an Edison adapter screws into the old bulb socket and has an orange quick disconnect for easy wiring. A 3-wing spring gripper then adapts to the 4" can itself. Neither of these parts was used in my application.
It also comes with a pigtail (with the same orange quick disconnect), three wirenuts and a grounding clip for hard wiring, and a flat adapter ring to attach to the ceiling box and receive the unit's mounting screws. Be careful when tightening the unit to the ring. The unit's made of plastic and can easily crack. The adapter ring is designed to attach to boxes that normally receive a plaster ring, not to boxes that receive switches.
The unit is dimmable and designed to burn for 35,000 continuous hours. If the light is on for two hours per day, that's 48 years. I foresee eventual yellowing of the plastic housing, even as the plastic trim in my older can lights has yellowed and even cracked after twenty years of UV, dirt and heat. Time will tell. They make spray paint for plastic.
LEDs will only get brighter, emit a fuller spectrum and get less expensive in future.
July 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Salty Great Product
I bought several different LED recessed lights to see if I could take them apart and use LED components to retrofit an old ceiling fan fixture. This is the one I selected for the project. The light module features, what looks like, 5 Cree XB-D 3000K LEDs in a cross pattern. Giving off a very bright wide angle beam, with very nice color rendering compared to other units.
What I was most impressed with is how everything is thought out to fit in a very compact module (suitable for junction box installation), while providing adequate heat dissipation. Yet, components are still modular, and relatively easy to take apart. Also, the build quality of the unit I had was impeccable. A beautiful peace of engineering.
I'm planning to buy more of these to install around the house unmodified.
April 15, 2013