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Old 06-04-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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Outdoor Lighting Question

I have approximately 10 x 6" recessed can lighting along the perimeter of my house, more specifically on the underside of where the roof hands over the house. Most of the bulbs... the ones that are working... are indoor CCFL. You know... the kind look like corkscrews.

As previously confirmed on this forum they're not the appropriate bulbs. So naturally I am looking for a replacement, especially before winter rolls around.

In addition to replacing the bulbs I need to buy new lenses since some are missing and I think the old one's look awful.

I have a box of 15W LED bulbs that seem to produce about as much light as a 60W equivalent. If I use those inconjunction with the following lens cover (click here), do you think this will get the job done?


Keep in mind I do not want to dump a lot of money into the house. It's a special arrangement I have with my in-laws that is serving as a temporary means of residence. However, I do want consistent lighting around the house and hope it will add to it's visual appeal as well as make it a tiny bit safer.

Also worth mentioning, I have motion sensor floods... though they do not appear to work. I'm hoping dead bulbs, but I'll find out soon enough when I get out the ladder.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:15 PM   #2
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I have the same thing going on. I have a bunch of can lights around the perimeter of my house on the wrap around porch.

These are what are supposed to be in there (cheap BR30s):

http://www.lowes.com/pd_232700-3-154...r30&facetInfo=

But I think your LED versions will work well if you plan on leaving them on all the time at night, they last forever.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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I have the same thing going on. I have a bunch of can lights around the perimeter of my house on the wrap around porch.

These are what are supposed to be in there (cheap BR30s):

http://www.lowes.com/pd_232700-3-154...r30&facetInfo=

But I think your LED versions will work well if you plan on leaving them on all the time at night, they last forever.
I plan to leave them on all night and I already have the bulbs. They came with the house. I figured it was a cheap (since I already have them) and cost effective (since they're LED) way to run lights.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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Yeah I don't think you will have any issues running those LEDs. Nice that they were already there.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:40 AM   #5
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I was able to replace the fixtures and bulbs in all but one. It simply got too hot outside and I became dizzy and called it a day. Unfortunately, two of the lights do not turn on. It's not the bulbs so now I have to investigate that problem.

Overall they look a lot nicer and brought some much needed light around the perimeter of the house.

I used these (TG Albalite Shower Trim):



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Those specific philips bulbs are the best you can buy.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:07 PM   #7
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Initial thoughts on LED bulbs? I really want to make the switch away from CFL's.
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Initial thoughts on LED bulbs? I really want to make the switch away from CFL's.
The bulbs I used ended up being 10W vs. 15W. The lighting output is perfect for the application. They're bright enough where it actually illuminates the perimeter of the house/ground, but not too bright as to look out of place and distracting. The color is just right too. It's a nice subtle yellow hue.

My biggest concern with the CFL was the cold weather here in Chicago during the winter. I knew it was going to be problematic. And the fact they're on from about 7PM to 6AM everyday is enough to consider the cost savings benefit too. Not to mention it's never fun to change these bulbs given you need a ladder and some are over bushes.
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I think remote control lights are better nowadays and also easy to switch. Blue color shades effectively. Go to a store nearby you, I bet you will find something good there.
My outdoor floods are controlled by a programmable switch on the interior of the house. You can set the date/time and keep in on auto-mode, program your own on/off times or turn them on/off manually.

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