Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sacornel Great light and even coverage
This kit is easy to install. Luckily I had old recessed lighting already in place, so all I had to do was take out the old and replace it with these. The only difficult task was finding an LED dimmer switch that worked with these lights. I first tried the Lutron Model CTCL-153PDH-WH, but the lights would flicker at the brightest setting and I couldn't get the dimmest setting to work very well either. Sometimes it worked and sometimes not. I adjusted the lights using the small adjustment dimmer on the switch, but that didn't help. I returned it and bought the Lutron DVCL-153PR-WH (pictured) and it works flawlessly. I get the dimmest and brightest settings with no problem and no flickering. I guess your mileage may vary, but this is what worked for me. One switch controls 3 lights and the other controls 5. The light provides even coverage across the floor. They are a little pricey, but you get what you paid for.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jstilley100 Easy Install, Great product
I replaced two dated pendant lights over a breakfast bar with this. As this was my first use of the Lithonia, I was initially concerned with the color temperature of the light. In my past experience, the LEDs tend to be too blue. Much to my surprise, the color temperature is very good. Not yellow at all, but trending more towards the GE Reveal light spectrum. Very pleasing and easy on the eyes. The light itself is not too focused and gives a broad enough pattern to light the area but still give a "directional" quality. The only thing to get used to is the slight delay from the time you turn on the switch until the light actually comes on. By slight, I mean 1/2 to 3/4 of a second. It took us 2 days to get used to it, but now we don't even notice it at all. In addition to the energy savings and the GREAT look of recessed vs fixtures, there is one other unintended bonus. These lights run COOL. The other pendants (that had CFL spots) still gave off enough heat to be noticable to our friends sitting at the breakfast bar. These lights put off no heat at all. Installation took 20 minutes (and that was mostly because I slightly undercut the size of the hole and had to enlarge it by 1/8 of an inch). This is a SUPER easy product to retrofit your existing fixtures. A ladder, utility knife, and rudimentary knowledge of electrical and you are good to go. This is a TON easier than installing a ceiling fan. If you have ever replaced a light fixture, you can do this. We also priced this complete unit vs purchasing bulbs and fixtures separately and the price difference was only $3-$5 and the fact that I didn't have to cobble a bunch of things together and the install looks flawless was definitely worth the extra $3. GREAT JOB Lithonia.
October 28, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Myra Good value However beware
I have purchased 14 if these. However the last 7 I purchased were wired inocrrectly. The female connector should be on the light and the male on the housing. The last 7 I bought were reversed. Fortunately I have not installed the 7 yet. The manufacturer is replacing them at no charge. The manufacturer says they have had no other complaints and were unaware. You should make sure to get the correct ones or you will not be able to purchase replacement bulbs.
February 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GABBB Great product. Great light in a hard to reach place.
I purchased four of these units about six months ago to install in our front hall over our stairs. It took me six months to get around to doing it.
When I saw HD was stocking these kits with the LED lights built in, I figured it would be the best bet for the place we wanted to install them. Since they'd be over the stairs, I really didn't want to have to try to replace the bulbs with ladder precariously placed.
These lights should last longer than I will in this house :-).
I've installed recessed lights before, and these were really a breeze. I did have to muddle through the attic to run a supply line and run lines between the lights. Measuring and marking for the holes was the most difficult task as I wanted the light in pairs, so they had to line up and be parallel.
I used my roto-zip tool to cut the holes. Then I pulled the electrical supply line in.
The only TOUGH part was trying to use the provided slots to pull the wire into the junction box. The tabs are designed so you don't need a strain relief nut, but I couldn't work the wire in. I ended up applying the strain relief nuts on the provided knock outs to get the wires in.
Inside the junction box, it was quite easy to hook all of the wires together using the provided orange clips (just strip the wire and insert).
Once they were wired, it was easy slipping the housing into the hole, securing it, and installing the light itself. Note that you can hook up two more lights from the one you install (room for up to three sets of wires in the box). So you can "daisy chain" from one light to a series, assuming the circuit can handle it.
Unlike others, I've not experienced the turn on delay. I guess perhaps we were used to our old CFLs taking FOREVER to get to full brightness. These look so nice and do such a nice job of lighting the stairs that my wife now wants to (a) repaint the stair walls and (b) hang some art work there. They've really brightened up an otherwise drab area.
Although they are lower wattage equivalents, the light they give off is PERFECT for this area.
I loved these LEDs so much, I installed two more recessed LEDs (higher lumens though) in the hall to replace the two older light fixtures we had there. I hope to eventually have LEDs everywhere as my older bulbs burn out any my supply of CFLs dwindles.
Also, I just installed a Lutron dimmer with these, and it works great, and there is NO buzzing. This was one of the dimmers on the recommended list from Lithonia Lighting.
This is a great product and a great project for a DIYer.
June 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ArcticDC5 LED replaces CFL recessed lights
In the process of remodeling my townhouse kitchen, so I started with the lights first. The there was (4) 6" recessed cans that were built into the ceiling before the drywall was hung. 3 lights were on 1 circuit and the other remaining was on another one. I decided to illuminate the hallway beside the kitchen and in front of the stairs with 6 and then above kitchen cabinets with another 6 for a total of 12 in about a 450 SF space.
The floor joists were spaced every 12" apart, so I carefully measured and figured I'd space the new lights every 32" on center. After removal of the old recessed lights by cutting big holes in the ceiling to access their hang points, I was able to trace the wires and see what was going on. Once I found the supply wire, I was set.
I used a flooring laser that I mounted onto a camera tripod to precisely measure and mark where each light would go. I then used an adjustable hole cuttter drill attachment and measured 4 1/8" and drilled out the holes. After pulling new wires, it was time to connect the new 4" LED recessed lights. The box where all the connections are concealed at is somewhat compact. I would recommend using the larger red wire nuts instead of the small orange ones that are supplied though. Once its wired up, place into ceiling, set the ceiling clips in, attach the LED light connector and push into position. Turn on the power and then the light switch and whoolah - you have bright light!
After turning on all the lights, I was amazed at the light spread. Its not concentrated and thin like most LEDs. My kitchen and hallway is now lit up like a showroom (9' ceiling), not a bad thing if you want to see every detail. For those that might want a softer light illusion, I'd probably recommend spacing them every 50-60" on center or so. My neighbor says it looks like a model home light setup and when I am using the kitchen, I can see everything.
There is about a 1 second time delay from when they turn on - no big deal. I am extremely satisfied with these lights and will be installing them when it comes time to do my basement.
February 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Recessed halogen 3" replaced by 4" LED
Cutting a larger hole that the existing, was done by marking and drilling many small holes and then using a sheetrock hand saw to connect the dots. This went well. The new fixture can with electrical box, as one unit appeared to be of good quality. Lastly installing the light assembly into the box went okay... The light fixture's baffle ring is VERY thin material, so pressing the light into the box caused the outer ring to bend. I was able to bend it back to a near true position, but the aluminum could be just a tad thicker, as it only took the minor pressure of the installation to bend it.
The new LED light takes a moment to come on, like a lot of the new LED lights of current vintage. The old lights (two installed above the kitchen sink) were 50 watt 3" halogen, so to meet this or do better as far as light output, I had to go with the 4" LED's. They are about 60 watts (equivalent) output and put out a much brighter light then the old lights.
Bottom line is my wife is much happier with the new lights over the old ones...
January 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rick Outstanding product
Love these lights. Great color temp, very bright, dimmable. Love that they were a complete kit. They even provided wire nuts, I only had to buy romex connectors to tie into the boxes on each. I put 6 in my laundry room, they are amazing looking. They have a less than a second delay when turning on, but that's not any issue at all. Unlike cfl, these come to full brightness right away. I'm already planning on spreading these everywhere throughout the house. I love this product!
December 21, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mcxstar01 Transformed the look of my kitchen
Pleased with this product. My kitchen (approx 11' x 5' to light) had a single dated fixture installed in the middle of the ceiling, I bought 6 of these to install. At first I was thinking about going with 4 of them based on reviews and my knowledge of recessed lighting - I decided to go with 6 because if I was going to install new lighting I wanted it to be bright. They were easy to install, easy to wire up and I had no problem finding a dimmer switch at Home Depot combatible with these fixtures. Would definitely recommend this product to the average DIYer, they completely transformed the look of my kitchen making it bright and crisp.
October 10, 2014