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Recessed Can Lights ~ Baffles, manufacturers, etc.

Postby mid20thcentury » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:12 am

The original plans from the 60's specify Lightolier 1001 recessed lights which are 5" in diameter and have black baffles. To update this classic, I would like to hear what people like today, given lighting technology has changed quite a bit. While I do like the 1001's, I'm not sure if the black baffles look dated. Would chrome be better? It would reflect more light in a flat roofed house with 8 foot ceilings or is that too much.

Other manufacturers suggested include Omega, Edison Lighting and ERCO. If anyone has thoughts on models from these companies, or others, I'd like to hear then as well.

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Postby scowsa » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:41 am

I am biased towards white baffles in a white ceiling as they are then less noticeable.
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Postby Joe » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:43 am

if there is a classic light out there you like, just match it best you can with a product in today's market place. old 'House & Home' magazines from the '50s and '60s work great for identifying period products. you can find them on ebay.

keep in mind, there are many more lights out there than what Lowes or Home Depot has on display.

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Postby egads » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:39 am

The whole point of a recess light is for it to not be noticeable. The black trims are used to reduce glare, and are certainly period appropriate. The very best trim for reduced glare is a specular one. (the name brand of the process, used across many manufacturers is Alzak) Many folks might think the use of a reflective metal trim might be for bling, but there is science behind it. To read about that science, Google: specular reflection Here is a link to a discussion on the Garden web forum about recess lighting:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/bu ... 30999.html

(although the link to the before and after photo is dead)

In any case, the last thing I'd use is a white trim. Yes it seems like it would "go way" on a white ceiling, but in fact is causes the most glare. (not that I haven't installed hundreds) In any case, I'd recommend one paint the little ring that comes with any trim the same color as the ceiling unless the ceiling is just plain white.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:42 am

white baffles, timeless design

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Postby egads » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:25 am

Those are actually eyeball trims. A good a choice for sloped ceilings. Really the first adjustable trim, used in flat ceilings to highlight artwork.

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Postby classic form » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:42 am

White here as well. Black on the inside. l like them but the white does stand out against the wood portions.

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Postby egads » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:23 pm

Actually, classic form, to a lighting guy, those trims are black. Unless one goes out the way to get something special, the rings are always white. In fact they are designated "P" Meaning they are meant to be painted the same color as the ceiling. Often that is white so they stay white. You could do some color on the ones on the wood to blend them better. Faux finishing them is not out of the question, but a little dear in a less is more MCM. But some bronze spray paint?

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Postby hood » Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:43 pm

I left the baffle off of the 4 inch cans I put in my soffit. I just cut the hole the exact diameter of the can before the lip and then painted right over the 1/4 lip that is usually covered by the baffle. It looks exactly the way I wanted it, like a hole in the soffit with light in it.
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