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Recessed Lighting Buying Guide

Gone are the days of ho-hum recessed lighting. Today’s fixtures offer interesting color combinations, efficient sources of light, and cool updated colors and materials.

Types of Recessed Lighting

Types of Recessed Lighting

Although recessed lighting may seem straightforward, the types of recessed fixtures available are actually fairly diverse. Your fixture choices depend not just on looks and personal preference, but where the fixtures will be used and the type of project, such as a brand-new room or a revamped space. Analyze your particular needs and then pick the perfect recessed lighting fixtures based on round or square; new construction or remodel; IC(insulation contact)-rated or non-IC housing; flush, standard, or shallow; and dry, damp, or wet location rated.

Round Vs. Square

Recessed lighting fixtures come in two shapes: round or square. With no difference in performance between the two, choose your shape based on design preference in the room you are lighting.

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Kichler

In Stock or You Get $100. 2 Day Delivery or You Get $60. Exclusive Lifetime Warranty. Free Shipping. Free Returns.Material: Stainl...ess Steel and Polypropylene, Width/Diameter: 6.5", Length: 8", Lamp: 1-50w bulb(s), - Desc: Comes with 42" of usable #18-2... read more

WAC

A quadruple spot light with a 20 degree beam spread and 3000K LED color temperature makes this new construction housing a stylish ...and functional choice for your ceiling. Offer a smooth finished look to your ceilings with this 3000K LED recessed housing designed for new construction projects. A white finish trim surrounds the black housing which holds four dimmable spot lights with a 20 degree beam spread. For non-insulated ceilings. ENERGY STAR rated. ETL and cETL listed. Compatible with WAC recessed lighting products. read more

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WAC

Three adjustable LED floodlights with 40 degree beam spreads make this recessed lighting trim and housing a smart choice for new c...onstruction designs. Offer directional, energy efficient lighting to your ceilings with this recessed trim and housing featuring three adjustable floodlights. Finished in classic white, this design features a 40 degree beam spread for customization. An LED array with dimming capability and an average lifespan of 50,000 hours makes this light a smart choice. For use with new construction, in kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and hallways. From the Tesla Collection by WAC Lighting. read more

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A 10 degree beam spread and energy efficient LED design make this white recessed trim with three spotlights, cost effective choice... for your home. Bring directional, energy efficient lighting to your ceilings with this recessed trim featuring three adjustable spotlights. Finished in classic white, this design features a 10 degree beam spread for customization. An LED design with dimming capability and an average lifespan of 50,000 hours makes this light a smart choice. Easy to install securely to a compatible WAC non-IC housing. For use with new construction, in kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and hallways. From the LEDme Collection by WAC Lighting. read more

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New Construction Vs. Remodel

Recessed lighting fixtures differ based on purpose. Those used for new construction attach to ceiling joists by arms. Fixtures used for remodeling have clips that go directly into ceiling drywall.

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WAC

Designed for use with remodels, this rectangular recessed housing features a white trim with three black LED spot lights. Add a sm...ooth finished look to your ceilings with this LED rectangular recessed housing designed for remodels. A white finish trim surrounds the black housing which holds three dimmable spot lights with an average 60,000 hour lifespan when used 3 hours a day. For non-insulated ceilings, this design required 3" of clearance from insulation on all sides. 1/2" of sheet rock is recommended for installation. Title 24 compliant. ETL and cETL listed. Compatible with WAC recessed lighting products. read more

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Designed for use with remodels, this square recessed housing features a white trim with a single black LED spot light. Add a smoot...h finished look to your ceilings with this LED square recessed housing designed for remodels. A white finish trim surrounds the black housing which holds a dimmable spot light with an average 60,000 hour lifespan when used 3 hours a day. For non-insulated ceilings, this design required 3" of clearance from insulation on all sides. 1/2" of sheet rock is recommended for installation. Title 24 compliant. ETL and cETL listed. Compatible with WAC recessed lighting products. read more

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Designed for use with remodels, this square recessed housing features a white trim with two black LED spot lights. Add a smooth fi...nished look to your ceilings with this LED square recessed housing designed for remodels. A white finish trim surrounds the black housing which holds two dimmable spot lights with an average 60,000 hour lifespan when used 3 hours a day. For non-insulated ceilings, this design required 3" of clearance from insulation on all sides. 1/2" of sheet rock is recommended for installation. Title 24 compliant. ETL and cETL listed. Compatible with WAC recessed lighting products. read more

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IC-Rated Vs. Non-IC Housing

The type of recessed fixture you choose also depends on whether or not it will come into contact with insulation; those that will contact insulation must be IC(insulation contact)-rated. Recessed lighting fixtures that won’t contact insulation can have non-IC housings.

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Lightolier

This remodel housing is for existing ceilings up to 2" thick, is AirSeal ready and complies with MEC and WSEC air leakage require...ments when installed as instructed. This Lightolier remodel housing may be used in existing ceilings up to 2" thick. This is a convertible IC/Non IC housing depending on the wattage of the light bulb and trim used. AirSeal ready and complies with MEC and WSEC air leakage requirements when installed as instructed. read more

Progress Lighting

Progress Lighting, P183DM, Recessed Housings, 6 Compact Fluorescent Housing, Recessed Lights, Remodel Housings, Energy Star Recess...ed Lighting Housing for Remodel IC from the Recessed Collection read more

Design House

Design House, 519520, Recessed Housings, Recessed Lights, Remodel Housings, Recessed Lighting IC and Non IC Installation for Remod...el Features: 6 Housing Finish With Galvanized Steel (Zinc Coated) 40 Watt - 90 Watt Medium Base Bulb (Dependant on Trim) UL Listed Specifications: Length: 14.5 Width: 6.75 Height: 7.37 read more

Design House

Design House, 519512, Recessed Housings, Recessed Lights, New Construction Housings, Recessed Lighting IC and Non IC Installation ...for New Construction Features: 6 Housing Finish With Galvanized Steel (Zinc Coated) Nail in Hanger Bars Included 40 Watt - 90 Watt Medium Base Bulb (Dependant on Trim) UL Listed For Damp Locations Specifications: Length: 10.75 Width: 7.5 Height: 7.37 read more

Low Voltage or Line Voltage

The kind of voltage that powers recessed lighting fixtures can also be different. Those that have reduced voltage—a low-voltage system—need a transformer and special dimmer. Line voltage light fixtures can be powered off standard electrical plugs.

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Halo

From Halo Lighting, this IC rated double wall aluminum housing prevents airflow between heated or air conditioned spaces and uncon...ditioned attic areas in new construction. This IC rated double wall aluminum housing is AIR-TITE with a supplied gasket. For new construction housing, it prevents airflow between heated or air conditioned spaces and unconditioned attic areas. From Halo lighting. read more

Eurofase

This white recessed low voltage triple light can be aimed in most any direction. Recessed lighting is a great way to dramatically ...upgrade your space, and this white finish triple recessed light is a chic and easy way to do it. This low voltage MR16 rectangular light includes a transformer and sits in a trimless plaster frame. The three round lamps are adjustable from 0 to 35 degrees on all axis, allowing you to aim the lights in any direction. Designed for remodel applications but also suitable for new construction. A contemporary lighting solution from Eurofase. read more

Halo

From Halo, this non IC white powder-coated housing is AIR-TITE with a supplied gasket and is made for new construction housing wit...h a socket for 12V MR16 halogen lamps. This non IC white powder-coated housing is AIR-TITE with a supplied gasket. For new construction housing, it prevents airflow between heated or air conditioned spaces and unconditioned attic areas. Socket for 12V MR16 halogen lamps. Fits 2" x 6" joist construction. From Halo lighting. read more

Eurofase

Two bright lamps make this low voltage recessed light a great choice for any home. Recessed lighting is a great way to dramaticall...y upgrade your space, and this white finish double recessed light is a chic and easy way to do it. This low voltage MR16 rectangular light includes a transformer and sits in a trimless plaster frame. The two round lamps are adjustable from 0 to 35 degrees on all axis, allowing you to aim the lights in any direction. Designed for remodel applications but also suitable for new construction. A contemporary lighting solution from Eurofase. read more

Standard or Shallow Housing

The depth of the ceiling and your design preferences also determine the type of recessed fixture you choose. Standard fixtures have a standard depth that fits into the ceiling space. Shallow recessed fixtures are suitable for many remodeling projects, in which there may be less ceiling height between beams.

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lightingzilla.com

17004 is a 6" NON IC shallow housing recessed can light. Adjustable socket bracket for consistent lamp positioning and flexibility... in lamp type and size. read more

Halo

The H27RT housing is designed for use in shallow ceilings where 2 x 6 joint construction is used. The wide variety of trims availa...ble allows for a number of different lighting effects to be created with one basic housing. The H27RT is designed for non-insulated shallow ceilings. read more

WAC Lighting

NonIc downlight, 3 clearance on all sides must be maintained when insulation is present See individual trims for maximum wattage U....L. listed for through branch circuit wiring Line Voltage EcoFriendlyConstruction Type: Remodel Cutout: 511 16 Energy Star Compliant: Yes Height: 3 16 Insulation Type: NonIC Rated for NonInsulated Ceilings Product Category: Recessed Lighting Type: Recessed Housings Weight: 1.26 Width: 71 2 read more

Thomas Lighting

Thomas Lighting Pro Series shallow recessed housing. Fits 2-Inch x 6-Inch joist construction or other shallow plenum applications.... Thermal insulation must be kept at least 3-Inch away from the housing. May be used with Thomas standard 6-Inch trims, such as TRM30, THS30 and TR30, and directional eyeball trim TR18. Includes adjustable socket supporting plate. Not intended for use with full enclosed trims, such as TRB30 or TRS30. read more

Dry, Damp, or Wet Location Rated

The recessed lighting fixture you choose also depends on where it will be used. Those for bathroom spaces, for example, should be rated for damp locations.

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Juno

This Juno 6" white finish wet location recessed light trim is Air-Loc ready and features an albalite lens light which can be used... as a closet or shower light. This Juno 6" wet location trim is in a white finish. This albalite lens light can be used as a closet or shower light however not for sauna use. Air-Loc ready. To be used with Juno Lighting IC New Construction, Non-IC New Construction and Non-IC Remodeling recessed light housing. read more

Progress Lighting
$112.77 $187.95
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Progress Lighting P6805-31 Brick lighting provides safety in traffic areas, both indoors and outdoors. This product is appropriat...e for brick, masonry, wood and poured concrete installations. Features: -UL listed for wet locations.-Cast aluminum housing with black metal louver.-Three 0.5 I.P conduit entries.-Product Type: Deck/Step lighting.-Distressed: No.-Number of Lights: 1.-Bulb Type: Fluorescent -Bulb Type Details: ..-Style: Contemporary.Specifications: -Required: One 13watt 4-pin twin compact fluorescent bulb with GX23 base.-UL Listed: Yes.-Damp, Dry or Wet Location Listed: Wet.Dimensions: -2.5-3.125 H x 7.75-8.4375 W x 3.125 D, 2 lbs.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.125.-Overall Product Weight: 2. read more

Fixed or Movable

Most often the bulb inside the recessed lighting fixture is stationary, but some fixtures have movable bulbs that enable you to direct illumination where it’s needed.

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Zaneen Lighting

The Invisibili D86045 Step Light from Zaneen features an innovative design that the designer intended to be invisible. Invisibili ...draws a clear dividing line between a before and after the before is represented by a traditional product plaster, which has existed for many years in the field of architectural lighting. The after is represented through an innovative, modern, reworked design. Conceived with the same simplicity with which things are formed in nature. Creates a wall washing effect.Paintable white plaster step light Energy efficient compact fluorescent lamping Provides ambient lighting Multiwatt eletronic ballast included Easy installation Suitable for installation in noninsulated walls only Use 1 x 26W Fluorescent GX24 q3 q4Bulb Type: Fluorescent Collection: Invisibli Country of Origin: Italy Finish: White Height: 23 4 Length: 17 Material: Plaster Number of Lights: 1 Safety Approval: cCSAus Style: Architectural Wattage: 26 Width: 111 2 read more

Zaneen Lighting

The Invisibili D86043 Recessed Light from Zaneen features an innovative design that the designer intended to be invisible. Invisib...ili draws a clear dividing line between a before and after the before is represented by a traditional product plaster, which has existed for many years in the field of architectural lighting. The after is represented through an innovative, modern, reworked design. Conceived with the same simplicity with which things are formed in nature.Paintable white plaster light with a fixed plate Energy efficient compact fluorescent lamping Provides diffused, ambient lighting Multiwatt eletronic ballast included Easy installation Use 2 x 26W Fluorescent GX24 q3 q4Bulb Type: Fluorescent Collection: Invisibli Country of Origin: Italy Finish: White Height: 3 Length: 101 4 Material: Plaster Number of Lights: 2 Safety Approval: cCSAus Style: Architectural Wattage: 26 Width: 101 4 read more

Zaneen Lighting
$825.60 $1,032.00
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Zaneen Lighting D8-6046 Features: -Square trim-less recessed with fixed light.-Suitable for installation in non-insulated ceilings... and walls only.-Electronic ballast included.-Fixture finish: White plaster.-Invisibli collection.-Product Type: Recessed lighting kit.-Construction Type: New construction; Remodel.-Insulation Type: Non-IC rated for non-insulated ceilings.-Collection: Invisibili.-Finish: White.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Distressed: No.-Primary Material: Other -Primary Material Details: Plaster..-Additional Materials: Steel mesh.-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Weather Resistant: No -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Scratch Resistant: No.-Shatterproof: No.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Corrosion Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: No.-Warp Resistant: Yes.-Chip Resistant: No.-Tarnish Resistant: Yes.-Shade Included: Yes -Shade Finish: Frosted..-Firebox Included: No.-Trim Included: No -Trim Size: .-Trim Style: ..-Power Source: Hardwired.-Battery Operated: No -Battery Type: .-Batteries Included: .-Number of Batteries Needed: .-Rechargeable Batteries: ..-Adjustable Light: No -Adjustable Angle: ..-Glass Component: Yes -Glass Type: Frosted..-Airtight: No.-Sloped Ceiling: Yes.-Number of Lights: 2.-Bulb Type: Compact fluorescent.-Bulb Base Type: G24 q-3.-Bulbs Included: No -Number of Bulbs Included: ..-Maximum Wattage: 26.-Voltage Type: Line voltage.-Bulb Voltage: 120.-Outdoor Use: No.-Commercial Use: Yes.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Country of Manufacture: Italy.Specifications: -Accommodates: 2 x 26W module, fluorescent GX24 q-3/q-4.-Energy Star Compliant: No.-Damp, Dry or Wet Location Listed: Dry.-ASTM Compliant: No.-cETL Certified: No.-cUL Listed: No.-Greenguard Certified: No.-ISO 14001 Certified: No.-ISO 9001 Certified: No.-ETL Certified: No.-NEMA Certified: No.-UL Listed: No.-CSA Certified: Yes.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.75.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 13.13.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 13.13.-Ceiling Cut Out Diameter: 13.5.-Ceiling Cut Out Depth: 13.5.-Overall Product Weight: 10.Assembly: -Installation Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Installation: ..-Additional Parts Required: Yes -Parts Needed: Cable, wire nuts, switch..Warranty: -Product Warranty: 1 year. read more

Zaneen Lighting
$747.20 $934.00
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Zaneen Lighting D8-6053 Features: -Square trim-less recessed with fixed light.-Suitable for installation in non-insulated ceilings... and walls only.-Electronic ballast included.-Fixture finish: White plaster.-Invisibli collection.-Product Type: Recessed lighting kit.-Construction Type: New construction; Remodel.-Insulation Type: Non-IC rated for non-insulated ceilings.-Collection: Invisibili.-Finish: White.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Distressed: No.-Primary Material: Other -Primary Material Details: Plaster..-Additional Materials: Steel mesh.-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Weather Resistant: No -Weather Resistant Details: ..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Scratch Resistant: No.-Shatterproof: No.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Corrosion Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: No.-Warp Resistant: Yes.-Chip Resistant: No.-Tarnish Resistant: Yes.-Shade Included: Yes -Shade Finish: Frosted..-Firebox Included: No.-Trim Included: No -Trim Size: .-Trim Style: ..-Transformer Required: Yes -Transformer Included: Yes.-Transformer Voltage: .-Transformer Wattage: ..-Power Source: Hardwired.-Battery Operated: No -Battery Type: .-Batteries Included: .-Number of Batteries Needed: .-Rechargeable Batteries: ..-Adjustable Light: No -Adjustable Angle: ..-Glass Component: Yes -Glass Type: Frosted..-Airtight: No.-Sloped Ceiling: Yes.-Number of Lights: 2.-Bulb Type: Compact fluorescent.-Bulb Base Type: G24 q-3.-Bulbs Included: No -Number of Bulbs Included: ..-Maximum Wattage: 26.-Voltage Type: Line voltage.-Bulb Voltage: 120.-Outdoor Use: No.-Commercial Use: Yes.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Country of Manufacture: Italy.Specifications: -Accommodates: 2 x 26W module, fluorescent GX24 q-3/q-4.-Energy Star Compliant: No.-Damp, Dry or Wet Location Listed: Dry.-ASTM Compliant: No.-cETL Certified: No.-cUL Listed: No.-Greenguard Certified: No.-ISO 14001 Certified: No.-ISO 9001 Certified: No.-ETL Certified: No.-NEMA Certified: No.-UL Listed: No.-CSA Certified: Yes.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 3.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.25.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 10.25.-Ceiling Cut Out Diameter: 10.5.-Ceiling Cut Out Depth: 10.5.-Overall Product Weight: 8.Assembly: -Installation Required: Yes -Tools Needed for Installation: ..-Additional Parts Required: Yes -Parts Needed: Cable, wire nuts, switch..Warranty: -Product Warranty: 1 year. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Several purchase considerations affect not only the look of your recessed lighting fixtures, but also how they work and the quality of light they give off. Evaluate your favorite recessed lighting fixtures for bulb requirements, trim and reflector colors, and how they combine with other fixtures in the room.

Type of Bulb

Recessed lighting fixtures require different types of bulbs—some of which are shaped like a standard bulb and others which may have a flatter, wider light surface. In addition, recessed fixtures are also available as halogen, low-voltage halogen, and LED. The fixture you choose must be outfitted with the right type of bulb to work properly.

Trim and Reflector Colors

The metal pieces of the recessed fixtures now come in a range of trendworthy colors, including metallic and black.

Light Combinations

By themselves, recessed lighting fixtures probably won’t provide enough light for overall, task, and accent illumination. Instead, use recessed fixtures to complement a room’s overall lighting scheme.

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Luminaire
$44.95 $59.00
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All-in-one LED retrofit kit converts your existing recessed lighting fixtures into a long-lasting, energy-efficient design. Transf...orm your existing recessed lighting fixtures into energy efficient LED lights with this 6" LED retrofit conversion kit. Designed to replace a 100W incandescent or 35W CFL bulb, this downlight kit can be simply screwed into your existing medium base socket. Includes a dimmable 13 watt LED with 50,000 hour anticipated lifespan. Dimmable up to 90 percent with selected dimmer (not included). Dimming range varies when used with multiple fixtures. Includes white finish trim compatible with most 6" recessed housings. GU24 socket available, SKU #2X842 (sold separately). read more

6" LED Recessed Lighting Retrofit Conversion Kit
Pacific Coast Home Furnishings
$39.95 $59.00
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Extremely versatile, this white retrofit recessed light trim features an 11 watt LED design that is compatible with 5" and 6" hous...ings. Add a finishing touch your ceiling lights with this retrofit recessed lighting trim in white. A deep grooved baffle reduces aperture glare for a pleasing look. An energy efficient LED adds cost effective savings with an average lifespan of 50,000 hours if used around 3 hours a day. Dimmable up to 80 percent with selected dimmer (not included). Dimming range varies when used with multiple fixtures. Includes a medium base socket. For use with 5" and 6" recessed housing items. read more

White Dimmable 11 Watt LED 6" Retrofit Recessed Light Trim
American Lighting
$24.95 $39.98
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This retrofit kit converts most standard 6" recessed IC or non-IC housings to an energy efficient LED light. The retrofit downligh...t is for both new and retrofit construction. It installs easily in most standard four inch recessed housings, including IC and non-IC units. The E6 retrofit generates white light with built-in LED with frosted polycarbonate lens with deep regression for low glare that offers a natural white light with high energy savings. The retrofit is dimmable 5~100% with an estimated life around 25,000 hours. read more

LED 6" Recessed Light Retrofit Trim
American Lighting
$19.95 $29.98
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This clip in retrofit kit converts most standard 4" recessed IC or non-IC housings to an energy efficient LED light. The retrofit ...downlight is for both new and retrofit construction. It installs easily in most standard four inch recessed housings, including IC and non-IC units. The E4 retrofit generates white light with built-in LED with frosted polycarbonate lens with deep regression for low glare that offers a natural white light with high energy savings. The retrofit is dimmable 5~100% with an estimated life around 25,000 hours. read more

LED 4" Recessed Light Retrofit Trim
Pacific Coast Home Furnishings
$29.95 $39.99
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This LED retrofit conversion kit that is designed to replace existing down lights with an energy efficient LED. Add energy efficie...ncy to your recessed lighting with this LED retrofit downlight conversion kit featuring a dimmable 13 watt LED with an average lifespan of 25,000 hours. Designed to replace a 75 watt incandescent of 20 watt CFL bulb, this kit is designed for 4" recessed housing spaces. Simply screw into your existing medium base socket. Includes white finish trim for a clean, classic look. Average lifespan of 25,000 hours. Dimmable up to 90 percent with selected dimmers (not included) Dimming range varies when used with multiple fixtures. read more

LED  4" retrofit Recessed 13 Watt Downlight Trim
Lamps Plus
$29.95 $39.99
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A dimmable LED recessed lighting remodel kit that comes complete with housing. This white LED recessed light remodel kit is certif...ied air-tight, and is crafted for use in damp locations. The design features instant-on and a flood beam angle. This dimmable design is energy efficient, and ENERGY STAR rated. read more

3" Flood Beam White LED Recessed Light Remodel Kit
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