There are a couple of interesting LED recessed (or sort of recessed!) lighting fixtures that we’ve tested recently that are worth sharing. I wouldn’t consider either one the CREE-killer (the CREE CR6 is still my head & shoulders above the rest favorite residential LED fixture). But each might be a workable option in some situations.
First is Cooper Lighting’s ALL-PRO LED. This product provides another options for “wet” locations, and at a lower price point than the HALO fixture previously reviewed here. The dimming seems to work.
A couple things I don’t like are the 3000K rating which means it’s in the very white (some say blue) color range. For comparison the CREE CR6 is a much warmer looking 2700K. The other big downside for me is the 81 “color rendition index” compared to the CREE 90. A higher number means things look truer to their natural color to the human eye. At a rated 14.6 watts, it’s very efficient, but not as good as the CREE.
Price wise, this is comparable to the CREE and cheaper than the HALO. If you need a wet-rated fixture, this is a worthy choice.
Next up is the Commercial Electric Light Disk. The light quality is similar to the above product at 3000K and a CRI of 80. OK, but not on par with the CREE CR6. However, it does have two big advantages going for it. It is brighter that either the CREE or the Cooper products. Not hugely so, but brighter.
And the big feature in it’s flexibility is the ability to fix in either 5″ or 6″ cans or, uniquely surface mounted right on a 4″ junction box–a surface mounted fixture with a recessed light look. There might be some very useful applications for this, from closets to simple retrofits would you want a sleeker modern look to replace a clunky looking surface fixture.
We’ll keep evaluating and reviewing as the technology evolves, and we’ll keep you posted on anything interesting.