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15-Watt (120W Equivalent) 6-inch Recessed LED Downlight Trim, 1000 Lumens, Warm/ Soft (3000K) - Dimmable
Get a longer lasting, safe, and affordable alternative to standard incandescent downlights using this 15-watt 6-inch Recessed LED Downlight Trim from Monoprice!
This 120-volt light assembly uses only 15 watts of power, but produces 1000 lumens of light energy at 3000K, equivalent to a 120-watt incandescent downlight.
This aluminum, indoor light assembly is 7.3" in diameter and 2.8" tall. It uses the LG SMD5630 chipset, is rated for up to 50,000 hours of use before failure, and carries a three year replacement warranty. The power factor is greater than 0.95.
It generates light in the 3000K range with a Color Rendering Index greater than 80, which generates the kind of soft and warm feeling that is perfect for most home lighting needs. This light is fully dimmable without risk of damage to the bulb or a reduction in its expected life span.
Monoprice warrants these bulbs for a full THREE (3) YEARS and will provide a new replacement for any bulbs that fail due to defects in materials or workmanship during the warranty period.
Overall I'm satisfied and plan to buy more. However there are a few things to consider before buying these.
1. The tension system these lights use for mounting relies on your existing can having a bracket of the right size and placement inside the can. The problem is that not all lighting cans have these, and even if the brackets came with the lights originally they might not have been installed. That was the case with 4 of my 5 lights - they came with optional brackets, but the electrician didn't bother installing because he didn't see the need. So this meant I had to go find replacement brackets, which ended up costing about $4 per light and were difficult to source. My suggestion is to check your lights first before ordering these LEDs, and ensure that you have the proper tension brackets installed or know where to get them.
2. Of the 5 I installed, 4 don't fit completely flush to the ceiling. I consider this a flaw in the design - the outer mounting ring is flat instead of tapering in like most light trim rings. This isn't a dealbreaker, and you can always add a little caulk or something to clean it up if a small gap bothers you. But it's annoying.
3. No installation instructions or guidance at all. Fortunately we have Google and Youtube for such things but it would be nice to at least cover the basics of how the lights are meant to attach.
Overall I'm satisfied for the $ and will likely purchase more of these, but it would have been nice to understand the installation issues ahead of time.
PROS: Good value
CONS: Can be difficult to install depending on your light cans
May not produce a flush fit to ceiling
PROS: Bright, easy to install, low price
CONS: Not much bezel "depth" to them so they do not show off as well as many lights do...but for the price, it's a fair tradeoff.
Next is not really a "con" but instead, a design/manufacturing suggestion: On the back, around the edge of the "trim ring", I wish there was a bit of a lip because if there are any imperfections in the drywall on the ceiling, or the can does not fit dead flat and square in the ceiling cutout, there may be small gaps between the drywall and trim ring around the edge. If there are, turning the light 180 degrees may help but as a feature, a small lip would be nice.
I am using a Lutron Dive C.L dimmer which is supposedly acceptable for LED. I have some Sylvania LED's that I tested with the current cans and they did not buzz. The Monoprice LED's are buzzing. I moved the Monoprice LED's to a standard switch and the buzzing went away. I would have said it's the switch causing the issue but knowing the Sylvania LED's do not buzz in the exact same cans, there is something different about the Monoprice circuitry that causes it to buzz versus the Sylvania.. For reference, here is the switch that I am using: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron-Diva-150-Watt-Single-Pole-3-Way-CFL-LED-Dimmer-White-DVWCL-153PH-WH/203490337 Also, the cans are the two-wire with orange plug HALO's, not the twist in. No, that would not make any difference but just in case anyone is wondering, I'm including that. Next, there are 2 lights on one circuit, 3 lights on another circuit, and 5 lights on the last circuit. All three circuits are on dimmers and all have lights that buzz from the very instant you turn them on. I have not yet tried to isolate each light that buzzes to see if it is an individual light issue, or all lights. I will be doing that next week when I get back to working on that house.
I can make a jump to a different, more expensive switch, but that would negate the price difference between the Sylvanias that run off of the current $29 Lutron Diva switches. Remember, I am thinking in quantity here as we do so many each year.
Finally, I have one "lens" plate that did not want to stay in place and kept coming out of place. The small lens and its bezel are very lightweight, which would not be an issue, but one tab on the bezel did not want to stay in place so the lens kept cocking off to the side which showed a small gap between the lens and light frame. I had to remove the bezel entirely (which is a breeze), rotate it 1/3 of a turn, and re-install it. It then fit well. This might have been an issue where a tab got tweaked during original assembly, or it may have been a minor manufacturing defect, but turned out to be no big deal as it was easily solved.
These lights are a super buy. 30 out of 30 worked and worked well. They are bright, with appropriate color, and are fully dimmable. I plan to buy a few more to finish the areas where I had not planned to use them.
PROS: Obviously the price is great, and installing them near Earth Day reminds me of the importance of saving resources, and getting 120 watts (equivalent) of light for 15 watts of electricity is a pretty great resource saving. See the review for the rest of the pros.
CONS: You may well need to install dimmer switches if you simply have ordinary switches in your system. These throw a lot of lightwhich is why I bought them, and I'd do it again.
PROS: Very bright, Easy Installation, Good light color, Wide light distribution to fill the room, Much nicer and cleaner looking than old can light trim with previous bulbs
CONS: Unit is slightly smaller than old trim so I now need to clean the ceiling a little bit
PROS: Very bright. Not too blue and not too warm.
CONS: None so far.
PROS: Easy install and quality and brightness of the lumens are better than I expected.
CONS: Did not come with the connectors for fixture that did not have screw in socket.
PROS: -Very bright
-Very good price
CONS: So far, not a single gripe.
PROS: Very bright, easy to install, and energy efficient.
CONS: Paint finish is on trims are not perfect, diameter of light is slightly smaller than 6" Halo trims so may show ceiling imperfections as trim does not cover what old trim did.
PROS: Very bright, easy installation, very professional look, no buzzing on my normal on/off light switch.
PROS: Bright, energy efficient, dimmable... And don't seem to need special led type dimmers! Great price at monoprice.com too!
CONS: Not always in stock.