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Old 05-04-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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Default Question about Istalling LED high hats

Hey all. I am thinking of putting in 9 LED high hats in my home and changing some of the existing ones from regular to LED. I know the cost of the bulbs are insane and the dimmers are really expensive also but I have to do something to deal with the kids and the cartel name LIPA. So with that my question is has anyone installed LED high hats in their home and what was your experience? Has anyone used the conversion kits sold at the home depot or lowe’s to convert existing high hats and what exactly do I need.

Thanks in advance
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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I wouldn't spend the money on LED bulbs at this time. The price will come down as they become more common. You can get CFL bulbs made for high hats now and they aren't too pricey. You would save money on your electric bill and not have such a large upfront cost of led bulbs.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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I bought 6 of these last year for my kitchen remodeling. I installed 5 new construction cans and ended up installing 1 retro can. They work great, look great and dim great. Couldn't go wrong with these. they are not too expensive either.

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Old 05-04-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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Default hmm

I put led bulbs in my existing high hats and yes they were on the expensive side BUT they provide instant light and turned out to be brighter then the cfls i had in there. I am happy with my purchase
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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nycbrooklyn, i just replied to your message, let me know if you got it.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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nycbrooklyn, i just replied to your message, let me know if you got it.
Thanks a million for the info. I have an electrican doing the work and I am hoping he is not a bad electrican because he doe not know too much about the lights. He called me this morning and said the quotes he got from the electrical supply store was:
$180 for the LED high hat
$20 for the bulb
$60 for the dimmer

I thought those numbers were a bit insane so thanks a million for your help. I can just have him install the regular stuff and complete the last piece my self. I can even pick up the dimmer from Lowes like you said.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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you got it. I would just have him install the wiring and the cans and pick up the dimmer for him
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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you got it. I would just have him install the wiring and the cans and pick up the dimmer for him
You just saved me a fortune.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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You just saved me a fortune.
I saved me a fortune too. I almost hired an electrician to redo everything in my kitchen, i ended up doing it myself and was able to afford better quality materials.
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