Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 22
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 Good light, but the mounting clips are TERRIBLE
Lights are well built and wiring is a breeze (lots of room in the box, plus you don't need marettes/wire nuts because of the quick connect system). But ...
as others have noted, the clips that secure the can to the drywall are ridiculously difficult to lock. I've put in 20 - 30 halogen lights in a few rooms over the years and never had a problem, but these Halo cans are a different story. You really have to make sure you press the puddy-like foam that surrounds the inner lip of the can down as flat as possible, and also make sure that there is nothing interfering with the bottom of the clips. After that, it's just a matter of using ALL of your strength / a hammer/ etc. to push the tops of the clips in as far as they will go, and then use a screwdriver to push the bottom of the clips up in order to lock the clips. You will need a lot of patience and all of your favourite swear words to make this work.
Very frustrating, because surely Halo could have designed a better clip.
Would have rated it a 4 or 5, but installation difficulties make it a low 3.
September 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JohnBH Happy customer
I put 6 of these in my home office ceiling, along with Commercial Electric LED lights (3 fixed, 3 movable).
Installation was pretty straightforward, once I got the technique for pushing the clips into place. Following the directions, pushing the clip flat against the can wall first, then using a screw driver, all it took was a modest tap from my other palm to push the clip up and locked into place. I could see that if you pushed too hard you might tear the aluminum.
The quick-connect clips on the box was also quite handy, time-saver, for attaching wires. I did have access above, so for some of the cans it was easier to complete the wiring in the attic. A couple were too tight for above access, and was pretty easy from below.
October 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ansh Very Happy with the lights
I removed the old 4'X8' light box with fluorescent tube lights in our kitchen and replaced it with 6 Halo 4" recessed lights. The installation of the lights was not difficult. I would recommend practicing connections and clips one time before installation while it's still on the ground. Things seem order of magnitude harder when you are working on the ceiling with your neck bent backwards. The trick with clips is; push firmly flat from inside towards the housing and then push up with a flat head screw driver; very easy once you get the hang of it.
November 9, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jim Easy to install
These lights are good for an installation where a person does not have access to the ceiling joists without tearing down the ceiling. If the directions are followed as closely as possible everything will turn out ok.
If you have access to your ceiling joists from the attic I would not use these, I would use the new construction fixtures.
The fixture is made of soft aluminum so it bends fairly easily, especially when pushing the clips into position. The secret I found is to hold the fixture against the ceiling as tight as possible and then push the clips inward toward the fixture until the clip holds tight. After install try not to move the fixture around to much the clips will pop loose and you will have to resecure them. Wiring these lights was very easy, I just had to buy some NM wire clips to secure the wire going thought the box on the fixture.
The lights really look good when installed. I didn't buy the any of the optional colored rings, my ceiling will be white so I used the standard white ring.
September 15, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DJSailor Not the best design
As others have pointed out, installation of this product is not as easy as it should be. After installing three of them, I found that the aluminum above the clips tends to bend outward and prevents you from pushing up (from the inside) the clip (which pushes the clip down on the outside). I had to pull one unit out and then bend the aluminum housing inward so the clip would slide up and go outside the housing. One clip ended up ripping the aluminum weakening the grip on the drywall.
Luckily, I was putting these in a soffit in our kitchen which had access (of sorts) from our attic. I ended up using foam to seal the holes that were not really closed off by the foam rubber that just seems to get in the way of installation and does little to seal the holes.
August 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Recessed lighting
Installed these with no problems. I would recommend you understand how the installation is suppose to work. After having a clear understanding, the installation is easy. My biggest problem was having to order the IC rated housings. It seems to me it would make more sense for Home Depot to carry in stock, the IC rated housings rather than the non-IC for remodel or old work installation. Most remodel homes have insulation already installed in them so the IC rated is needed.
August 18, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Anicca Proprietary LED connector
First of all, the picture was wrong for this model (as of this writing).. Anyway, I was looking for a 4" IC remodel housing and this is the only IC-rated I could find. Unfortunately, it comes with the Halo's proprietary LED connector, which locks you into very few light trim and bulb choices. There are only two type of light bulb/integrated trim kits that could fit into this type of housing: one from Halo and one from Commercial Electric. Both of these trim kits are at 3000K and so I was out-of-luck looking for 2700K soft light trim kit :(. The worse part is none of these two fits well with this housing. The lips of the the trims from both kits would not completely cover and hide the housing lip and so you would see a gap between the ceiling and the trim. The Commercial Electric kit is the worse offender. After much time debating of what to do (aside from yanking these housing out and replace them with 5" IC housing, which uses standard Edison base that I previously had good experience with), I found a workable solution: using the EcoSmart 2700K 4" LED downlight (Model # ECO4-575L). The EcoSmart downlight is well built, gives out beautiful 2700K soft light, and its lip fit well with the housing and flushes against the ceiling. Since its uses the standard Edison base, I had to cut off and throw away the LED connector at the housing and replace it with a Edison lamp socket (which you can get for a few bucks from both HD and Lowe's). I am now a happy camper.. but do NOT get this housing, or any other LED housing from Halo that uses proprietary LED connector unless you are absolutely sure you can find a light trim kit that works.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jak3 Adding Lighting to an Interior Design Project
The contractor, the client and I are very pleased with this product. We are adding lighting to an existing structure that has no architectural lighting.
June 16, 2015