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    Default In ceiling recessed lights?

    I have in ceiling recessed lights. They are led kits where the light and trim are all in one. I want to convert some to halogen. Do I need flood lights like br40 or something or standard A19 bulbs? The covers I'm looking to get are below.
    HALO Recessed 70PS 6-Inch Trim Wet Location and Air-Tite Listed Trim with Frosted Albalite Lens, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BQUCRY..._cn.jCb7JG8WVG

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    Default Re: In ceiling recessed lights?

    WIth that lens, I would go with an A19, but you could also chance a BR30. I seriously doubt that a BR40 would work with that lens.

    Off topic: I replaced some expensive Lightolier non-ic remodelers that some dingbat had installed in our living room. If you pulled the trim down, you could see the rafters, so they had to go. I wanted to replace them with ICAT rated Lightoliers (1100IC), but they were fairly expensive, so I replaced them with Halo H7ICAT, which were a fraction of the cost. The H7ICAT are rated for BR40s (which we had been using with the Lightoliers), but that is baloney: with a BR40, the bulbs hang down below the ceiling, causing massive glare issues. Of course, I didn't discover that until I installed them, muddle around the holes (a slightly smaller diameter than the Lightoliers), etc. Luckilly, Lighting Science / Ecosmart made a BR40 that was as short as a PAR38, so I used those, but my stockpile is running out after 3-4 years of near-constant use.

    You can make the BR40s recess more, but it involves drilling and installing a new adjustment bolt higher in the can. I wouldn't do that with incadescent or halogen bulbs, as that would bring them too close to the top of the can, causing the temperature switch to trip (at best) or a fire (at worst). But, since LEDs put out a lot less heat, I doubt recessing them more woudl be an issue.

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