A Wonderful Solution
May 10, 2013
My house came with 6-inch in-ceiling cans designed to use 150-watt incandescent reflector flood bulbs. These can no longer be purchased in this country. In fact, one can no longer purchase the 120-watt reflector floods which replaced them for a while. My husband and I have been casting about for a replacement which would give enough light. Many burned-out CFLs later, we finally found an adapter unit made by Luminus and sold by Costco which includes an 3000K LED bulb. It is such a bright, blinding light that, in order to use them in our kitchen, we were compelled to install a dimmer switch. We then embarked upon a desperate search for a comparably bright LED bulb with a color temperature of 2700K. This bulb was it! We put it in one of our hallway fixtures. It gave plenty of light without the cold overly bright light of a 3000K bulb.
This bulb is instant on, but there is a split second delay before it goes on. At first it will surprise you, but it is easy to get used to it. It is not at all like the CFLs which can take a minute or more to get to full brightness.
If you have 6-inch in-ceiling cans, this bulb is the solution for you. It is by far cheaper than replacing all the cans with ballast-included cans in order to use CFLs which do not include ballasts. With three hours of use per day, these bulbs are purported to last for about 28 years. Of course, I have not yet been able to test this out, since they have just recently come on the market at a price which is much lower than the prices of comparable bulbs from other suppliers.
Pros:Simple solution for those with in-ceiling cans from an earlier time. This bulb uses only 20 watts as opposed to the 150 watts used by our original bulbs.
Cons:I wish the price would come down some more.