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Recessed lighting - which bulbs are best? Still a no on LEDs?

Joyce Fitzpatrick 6 months ago updated by Shaun A Kranish (Principal) 6 months ago 1

We are redo'ing the lighting in our family room and kitchen.  LEDs look really nice nowadays - are there any LED brands that are ok to use now?    Or if I use a filter with them are they ok to use?   If not LED, can you name some brands of Halogens that are the most healthy and have good light?

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Recessed lights are most commonly BR30 type bulbs.  There are, however, other BR and PAR sizes too.

We are still ABSOLUTELY urging everyone to stick with incandescent or energy-saving halogen.  Halogens are always OK as long as they are 120 volt bulbs.  Low-voltage halogen fixtures are not OK and must be avoided.  Your screw-in standard-sized bulbs (called a medium base) are going to always be 120 volt.  So you are fine there.

So stick with incandescent or halogen.  Incandescent BR30s, BR40s, and PARs can still be found (look very carefully to avoid LED) at Home Depot and other stores.  FEIT Electric makes a BR30, and we may soon stock them and sell them in bulk only.

While some LEDs appear nice, they always produce electrical pollution.  Some more than others, but every bulb does without exception.  It is impossible for there to be a completely clean bulb.  If we used a DC power system then yes, LEDs could be run without producing electrical pollution.

Apart from the EMF they produce in the form of "dirty electricity" or MEP/EMI, and radiofrequency, LEDs still product limited spectrum.  They have gotten better, but still limited immitators of natural spectrums.  Incandescent/halogen are also unnatural, but closer to "fire" so to speak.  So they are warmer and product a wide flowing spectrum similar to a glowing fire when compared to LEDs and CFLs and such.

Many LEDs also use blinking, called pulsed-width-modification.  They blink the light in order to create the brightness they want.  This is extremely hazardous to human health and very biologically active in many ways.  It is unnatural and should be avoided at all costs in my opinion.  It has been shown to cause serious health problems.

So check out your local stores or shop online for incandescent or halogen replacement for incandescent (medium base 120 volt) and you will be fine.

GOOD, I'M SATISFIED

Thanks - this is great info!   I have an electrician working on my house and he does not seem to know what dirty electricity is.   Or he is pretending it is a non-issue.   I wish more people especially housing contractors understood EMFs .

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Recessed lights are most commonly BR30 type bulbs.  There are, however, other BR and PAR sizes too.

We are still ABSOLUTELY urging everyone to stick with incandescent or energy-saving halogen.  Halogens are always OK as long as they are 120 volt bulbs.  Low-voltage halogen fixtures are not OK and must be avoided.  Your screw-in standard-sized bulbs (called a medium base) are going to always be 120 volt.  So you are fine there.

So stick with incandescent or halogen.  Incandescent BR30s, BR40s, and PARs can still be found (look very carefully to avoid LED) at Home Depot and other stores.  FEIT Electric makes a BR30, and we may soon stock them and sell them in bulk only.

While some LEDs appear nice, they always produce electrical pollution.  Some more than others, but every bulb does without exception.  It is impossible for there to be a completely clean bulb.  If we used a DC power system then yes, LEDs could be run without producing electrical pollution.

Apart from the EMF they produce in the form of "dirty electricity" or MEP/EMI, and radiofrequency, LEDs still product limited spectrum.  They have gotten better, but still limited immitators of natural spectrums.  Incandescent/halogen are also unnatural, but closer to "fire" so to speak.  So they are warmer and product a wide flowing spectrum similar to a glowing fire when compared to LEDs and CFLs and such.

Many LEDs also use blinking, called pulsed-width-modification.  They blink the light in order to create the brightness they want.  This is extremely hazardous to human health and very biologically active in many ways.  It is unnatural and should be avoided at all costs in my opinion.  It has been shown to cause serious health problems.

So check out your local stores or shop online for incandescent or halogen replacement for incandescent (medium base 120 volt) and you will be fine.