All About Recessed Lighting – The LED Miracle is about the new leader in residential lighting, the LED Retrofit. The war to determine the lightbulb of the future has been won by the Light Emitting Diode, or LED. To everyone’s amazement the LED made to look like a 1970’s style recessed light baffle and incandescent light bulb combination, has become the new favorite light source for recessed lighting. That’s where the name comes from, “LED Retrofit”, or “LED Retrofit baffle trim”. The irony is, the LED Retrofit is a twenty first century light made to look like 1970’s recessed lighting can light. Apparently, we like this new LED technology as long as they look like the original recessed lights with an incandescent flood lamp and baffle.
LED’s which resemble Incandescent bulbs.
Two views of a 6″ LED Retrofit Baffle Trim.
Just a few years ago however, it appeared as if the cork screw looking, compact florescent lamp, or CFL’s, would be crowned the environmentally friendly, lightbulb of the future. But the CFL’s had some serious flaws, like they were filled with deadly mercury, and were incurably ugly. But the killer for CFL’s was that most were not dimmable, or poorly dimmable at best. Plus those rumors of causing headaches were always an issue for CFL’s. Plus the thought of breaking a Compact Florescent Light and having to contract a bio-hazard clean-up professional to remove the mercury, was apparently too much for American homeowners to deal with. So sales for CFL’s have plummeted in recent years.
Compact Florescent Bulbs couldn’t have been more ugly. The one on the right is covered in glass like a type A bulb.
In the mean time LED lighting has experienced ballistic growth rates in consumer popularity. But even LED’s have had issues to overcome, such as difficulty diming from full light to softer mood lighting. At first the LED Industry made non-dimming light bulb looking devices that screw into the socket just like the old type “A” light bulb (see photo). Unfortunately there simply wasn’t enough space inside the bulb shape look, to include an electrical circuit that would allow LED’s to dim like and incandescent light. To resolve the dimming problem, the LED Retrofit Baffle Trim was designed so that recessed lights could be updated with LED lights but maintain that 1970’s look. The extra space provided inside a recessed light canister allowed enough extra space to include a circuit to dim LED lights. It also allowed for better heat sinks to cool the transformer that converts the 120volt AC house current into 12 volt direct current to power the LED light.
Invest $24 in a LED Retrofit and save $23.04 per year in electricity and bulb replacement costs.
The other qualities of LED lighting such as the lowest energy consumption and longest life expectancy of any other light source available helped solidify the LED as the most economical light available. Halo, the originator of recessed lighting in the early 1970’s claims that by replacing a single 65 watt incandescent flood lamp in your recessed light with their LED Retrofit, consumers can save $430 in electricity and $77 in replacement lamp costs over the 22 year expected lifetime of their LED Retrofit Trims. So economically speaking, purchasing one Halo LED Retrofit for $24 saves $507 over 22 years. That means each and every year the consumer saves $23.04 on a $24 investment, that equates to a compounded annual interest rate of almost 15% per year.
No other kind of lighting can be considered an investment with a 15% compounded annual return over the life time expectancy of the LED Retrofit.
Right Off The HALO LED Retrofit Trim Box
Compare to 65 watt BR30 (incandescent ) lamp
Over the life of the fixture , Energy Savings: $430
Replacement Lamp Savings: $77
Savings based on $0.155 per kilowatt hour and 6 hours average use per day and a 50,000 hours of lamp usage., 65w BR30 lumen equivalent.
*There are many great manufacturers of LED Retrofit Trims. I am not pushing Halo products. I just happened to have their box available with their estimate on the savings right on the box.
Since Beaux-Arts Classic Products was never a fan of the ugly looking and environmentally toxic CFL corkscrew looking bulb, we have made it company policy to keep up with every new size of LED Retrofit Baffle Trims and all the changes in the lighting market, by making new sizes of it’s popular Victorian recessed light trim to fit with all the various sizes of LED Retrofit Trims. Currently we make five different sizes of our Victorian trim to dress up the appearance of the new LED Retrofit Baffle Trims made especially for recessed lights.
The ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT of 2007 used performance standards to phase out incandescent lighting, by setting energy standards that the lights that Thomas Edison invented would never be able to achieve. Recognizing these energy standards as unachievable, the lighting industry in the United States, turned their lighting manufacturing capacity to greener more efficient sources of lighting such as the Compact Florescent Light (CFL) and the Light Emitting Diode (LED). Therefore incandescent light bulbs are increasingly difficult to find.
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was last modified: January 20th, 2020 by Melanie Kershner
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was last modified: December 26th, 2019 by Melanie Kershner
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was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by Melanie Kershner
We are very excited about our new LED 3-Dimensional geometric Dome Lights. Recessed Lights have never been so attractive and classic. Today’s LED technology joins with our Classic decorative trims for recessed lighting to create a unique classic ceiling light, by combining a decorative dome and hidden LEDs creating diffused light. These exciting new dowm down lights are the brain child of Tech Lighting. The white domes are shown…
was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Melanie Kershner
Good News – Beaux-Arts Classic Products is moving to a new factory. We are growing and because we are moving the factory will be closed during the transition from July 18th – 25th. The new facility more than doubles our current production capacity. This means we will be adding employees and new products. It has been a long search to find the right facility. If you place an order no…
was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Melanie Kershner