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Recessed Lighting

Has anyone bought these before? If so, which dimmer are you using? Having a hard time finding dimmers that don't buzz. Bought Lutron Casettas but buzz. So I bought the ELV but its $140. I need to buy a bunch of dimmers but trying to see what options are so I don't need to pay $140 for a dimmer...

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08SHW952Q
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Bump someone on here must have purchased the #1 selling ones on amazon lol
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Dimmers and LED is very hit and miss..
Best case buy from reputation seller where you can return.
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No opinion on the Amazon ones but the contractor that did the electrical of our house installed Elite brand flat led and caseta switches worked perfectly.

Previous poster is right, very hit and miss. I have bought Chinese brand LED bulbs before and they would flicker with the soft open/close of caseta. Just order and return if it does not work properly.

IMO, I prefer directional lighting and these light pucks just spread out light way too much.
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Jun 4, 2006
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Bought those exact same ones except 6 inch, during a current reno. Installed 18 of them so far with no issues. Very bright. They dim fine. It's only been about 2 weeks so who knows how they will hold up but I'm happy with them at the price.
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Javeman wrote: Bought those exact same ones except 6 inch, during a current reno. Installed 18 of them so far with no issues. Very bright. They dim fine. It's only been about 2 weeks so who knows how they will hold up but I'm happy with them at the price.
which dimmer?
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No mention of CRI so probably bad. No name brand.

Personally I’d stick with Halo even though they are about twice the price.
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I feel like if one dies pretty quickly, they're about as easy to replace as a bulb so no big deal. Just pulls down, unplug, plug new one in and push back into ceiling. Unless the driver box dies and then you have to kill the breaker and remove the box and install a new one. A bit more work but still not a big deal in my opinion.
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Javeman wrote: I feel like if one dies pretty quickly, they're about as easy to replace as a bulb so no big deal. Just pulls down, unplug, plug new one in and push back into ceiling. Unless the driver box dies and then you have to kill the breaker and remove the box and install a new one. A bit more work but still not a big deal in my opinion.
Assuming the brand is still available and the color matches in this lot/batch... they could have changed the LED vendor which is not uncommon.
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TLSRULZ wrote: Assuming the brand is still available and the color matches in this lot/batch... they could have changed the LED vendor which is not uncommon.
Same could happen if you use any traditional pot light housing with interchangeable bulbs. Ultimately, any LED bulb you buy (integrated or not) you run into the same risk.

For example, I had some LED PAR20 bulbs from Luminus 90+ CRI which is no longer at my local Costco. Even then, the LED emitter may change or even with the same emitter different BIN/tint may be used.
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rbkpwnz wrote: I need to buy a bunch of dimmers but trying to see what options are so I don't need to pay $140 for a dimmer...
In my experience the main offender for the buzzing is forward phase dimmers. So you should look for the dimmers that do reverse phase dimming or can be programmed either way.

I use Legrand Adorne for my house, when its on forward phase some lights buzz, and when I switch it to reverse phase, perfectly quiet. Exact same dimmer, just different setting.
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bst wrote: Same could happen if you use any traditional pot light housing with interchangeable bulbs. Ultimately, any LED bulb you buy (integrated or not) you run into the same risk.

For example, I had some LED PAR20 bulbs from Luminus 90+ CRI which is no longer at my local Costco. Even then, the LED emitter may change or even with the same emitter different BIN/tint may be used.
True. But pretty much anyone knows how to change bulbs.. but you will admit it's a lot more work changing the fixture.. not to mention the potential for drywall getting damaged.

Also avoid Luminus and Artika... after numerious returns of those .. I realized you have to be selective of what you buy at Costco.
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TLSRULZ wrote: True. But pretty much anyone knows how to change bulbs.. but you will admit it's a lot more work changing the fixture.. not to mention the potential for drywall getting damaged.

Also avoid Luminus and Artika... after numerious returns of those .. I realized you have to be selective of what you buy at Costco.
It's not really more work though. It just pulls down from the ceiling (held in by springs) and you unplug the connector. Pop in a new one. In many ways easier than changing a bulb where you have to remove some cover before you can get to the bulb.
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Yes .. I know I have them in my showers as they are better being sealed for wet installations (wet rated). I also kept 4 extra ones for exactly this reason if they go out..... everywhere else I did full cans with Philips bulbs.

However.. if you don't have spares and cannot find one the same brand .. the connector of other brands probably may not fit... then you have to pull the box and rewire.... I know it's not much work and I did all my electrical in my renos.. so i can change then if i need to.... but I would still prefer if possible the full can with bulbs as if I'm not around.. even my wife can change it. (From past experience).

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