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The 5 Best LED Retrofit Trims for Recessed Down Lighting

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 28, 2015 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Oct 27, 2015

While the word BEST can be a pretty subjective term, our recessed lighting customers often ask "what are the best LED retrofit trims for recessed down lighting? The answer can vary based on the size of your can opening, the lamp type being replaced, and the interior decor. But when it comes to all-time sales and low return rates, the numbers don't lie. So, here are the best-recessed retrofit kits on the market. DLR56 5000K White 17 Watt 5"/6" Retrofit LED Downlight This basic retrofit trim fits most standard 5" or 6" can lights found in the home. It is Energy Star rated and certified for wet locations, so the DLR56 (EU7Y127) is also suited for bathrooms and kitchens. The basic white color fits with 80% of homes and is quick to ship in less than 48 hours. Nora White 6-Inch Dedicated Diamond Reflector Trim Time and again, contractors choose this low profile recessed retrofit to replace down lights in restaurants and commercial settings with tall ceilings. The EU3C537 uses a high polish diamond trim to maximize the power of its 15W LED source. Best of all, the reflector trim obscures the light source from view and uses less wattage than the DLR56 to produce almost the same amount of light. LED White Adjustable Recessed Retrofit Trim If you're looking for a retrofit module that can accent pictures in your living room or bedroom, try this cost-effective LED White Adjustable Recessed Retrofit Trim (EU6R739.) It includes an L-bracket and convenient spring clips that can be field-adjusted for any 5-inch or 6-inch recessed housing, and works fine in an 8-ft ceilings. Line Voltage ENERGY STAR LED 4-Inch Recessed DownLight For the DIY lighting person in your family that cares about light quality, look no further than this line voltage ENERGY STAR LED 4" Recessed Down Light  (EUY9612) . It features a shiny reflector and a smooth white trim that looks fantastic in any contemporary home or business. But the real “kicker” is Cree’s cool-running heat sink and their patented TruWhite technology, which combines red and unsaturated yellow LEDs for a warm, white light. This LED recessed down light is also dimmable. Luminaire LED White Surface-Mounted Trim Finally, if your personal definition of "best retrofit downlight" means bottom-line economics, try this popular LED trim, priced at $20 per unit (EU6R740) . It includes an acrylic cover visible below the ceiling line, which adequately dissipates the 10W LED source. This trim fits most 5-inch and 6-inch openings and can even mount directly to a junction box! Other Considerations When Buying Recessed LED Retrofit Trims Some final thoughts as you search for the right LED modules: • In low voltage units, retrofit LED down lights rely on the original ballast on the can. If you have a faulty ballast, consider a remodel kit instead. • Emergency backup battery packs designed for fluorescent lamps will not operate the new LED module. If you need redundant capability, you must buy a new housing with the emergency LED driver factory installed. • If you’re buying new construction can lights for the first time, you can save a bundle buying inexpensive fluorescent housing and replacing the CFL with an LED trim. Did we miss any retrofit LED recessed down lighting models you think should be on this list? How much does light quality concern you when price-shopping different brands? Drop us a line below! First image source: Terry Whitworth on Flickr ; Fifth image: Cree Lighting ; All other images: Euro Style Lighting






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