Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 26
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jack Directions are awful, but product looks good once you realize how to install.
The directions were awful. Here is the solution. As I was pushing in the clips to install they kept popping back out. As the rubber coating on the clips started wearing away I realized there was a little nub on the clips. On the nub you could easily use a flat head screw driver to help push the clip up further then I was able to with my fingers alone. Some people may not have this problem if they have thinner drywall, but mine was thicker fireproof drywall which was probably why I had such a hard time. So if you are having trouble with the clips popping out, try using the flat head screw driver. They popped right in using that. Hope this helps people out!
July 24, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tturr Tremendous improvement in dark utility room!
The increased lighting is excellent. Accessing the existing wiring in my ceiling was a minor challenge.
All in all, installation was a breeze and the result was well worth the cost. I would recommend this product to a friend.
April 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ATLdesigner Great product at a great price!
My client was thrilled with these new LED fixtures in her kitchen. I used these housings with the
Halo4 in. Matte White Recessed Retrofit Module, Baffle and Trim LED Ring 80 CRI, 3500K. They give off a bright light and don't take up so much visual space. The contractor didn't seem to have any difficulty or complaints about installation.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robc Good products, easy install.
I purchased and installed 8 of these lights for our kitchen. Install was very easy and the attached box was of sufficient size to install all wires without a problem.
People complaining about install problems with the clips clearly were not installing the cans properly. The clips are extended after the can is installed in the ceiling not before.
I was somewhat concerned that the unit would have a visible lean in the direction of the junction box, but I have not found this to be the case. The clips hold the housing tight against the ceiling. There is no gap at all around the edge.
Best install practice is to use a 4.25 inch hole saw. This yielded a very nice fit and the time it will save (if you have more than one to install) is well worth the cost. Not to mention it is about 100x easier than trying to use a template and drywall saw overhead.
December 30, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by jwoodman Difficult to install
The tabs will only lock when they can touch the sheet rock ceiling. In my case I had a nailed housing which partially broke. I can not remove the housing plate, which is just a small steel plate, with a hole. I wound up giving up on the four tabs, and cut a 2x4 to 1.5 inches. Drilled two holes in the wiring harness arm, and using two, two inch screws into the rafter. I only have 2x4 rafters. I was lucky in that I had a rafter right next the existing hole. If you were adding the unit to a place that never had a light before, it would probably work fine. I wouldn't recommend in a repair/replacement situation.
February 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SLVRSKY EASY
THESE WERE EASY TO CUT IN AND TO HOOK UP. THE QUICK CONNECT WIRING WAS WONDERFUL. THEY WERE A LITTLE HARD TO SNAP IN TO THE CEILING, BUT I WOULD USE THEM AGAIN. IT TOOK MORE UNITS THEN I THOUGH. PLACEMENT SHOULD BE ABOUT EVERY 2 TO 2 1/2 FOOT.
December 14, 2006
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Theugliest OK if you have a totally standard house
If you have anything other than 1/2" drywall, be prepared for a bit of frustration on the install. I have plaster on the ceiling and the extra 1/8-3/16 kept the clips from engaging. I managed to bend them out a bit and then hammer them into place. Not easy and a lot of bad words said.
January 31, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by pbinCA Used these cans with LED downlights
To modernize our kitchen, we went with 4" recessed LEDs (2700K) that are dimmable. These need a luminaire (can), and the HALO H99RTAT was selected based on price and having the right Edison screw socket. The retrofit design simplifies installation. First, you plan your gangs of LEDs on the same circuit. I put 4" screws in the ceiling to mark the locations (make sure each location doesn't collide with a ceiling truss). Then you go up and string 14-2 Romex from the last switch going around to visit each can. Leave about 12" of Romex loop for each can. The rest can all be done from the downside.
That said, the instructions that come with the H99RTAT saying "clear the insulation 3" away from the can" do not pertain to LED bulbs. In fact, just the opposite. If your attic heats up to 140 F. the way mine does in the summer, if you expose the can to these attic temperatures, you will exceed the Max. Operating Temperature of the LED (mine are 107 F.), and the result will be to shave years off the longevity of the LED. The LED is designed to be operated in a temperature controlled environment, so you want to completely cover the can with your attic insulation. The HALO mfg. has to put the "non-IC" designation and warning about insulation on the fixture because it contains an Edison bulb receptacle, and an incandescent bulb can light throws off large amounts of heat.
The results are fantastic. DIY alert: it took an average of 1 hour per light to install.
October 27, 2013