Brighten up my cans, please
November 13, 2011 5:37 PM Subscribe
How can I brighten up the recessed "can" lights in my kitchen?
posted by wenestvedt to Home & Garden (13 answers total)
We have recessed "can" lights in our kitchen, but the 13W CFLs in them just aren't bright enough. The cans themselves are white or silver inside, so they reflect what light the CFLs manage to put out, but it just isn't that much. What else can (har) can we do?
Replacing the CFLs with incandescent bulbs isn't a long term fix, since the incandescent is doomed. I tried higher-wattage CFLs, but 20W and 23W bulbs have a fatter ballast that won't fit between the curved metal arms that hold up the fixture (whereas the slightly smaller ballast on the 13W bulbs fits right in). I saw an LED insert at Lowe's today, but I am leery of taking a gamble on one of these.
I would prefer not to replace the whole fixture since it still works, and we are considering doing some work on the next year.
Should I embrace the LED? Should I stick with incandescent and kick this can down the road? Am I overlooking a well-known CFL option? Thanks for any suggestions!