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Sep 17, 2013, 08:34 PM
Travis2897
Recessed lighting
We are putting recessed lighting in the kitchen. We have considered both led and regular lighting. The LEDs are cheaper to run, but since we live in ct I was wondering if we needed regular lighting seeing as they give off a decent amount of heat, ? LEDs cost less but with the cooler winters lights that throw off any amount of heat is better. So I guess what I am trying to say is if the led lights save on electric? Would the regular light that throws off heat save on heating costs?
Sep 17, 2013, 11:10 PM
Jaybee
The heat gain from non-LED lights will be minimal compared to the electrical savings of running LED's. Also, while the non-LED's will add heat during the winter, they will also add heat during the shorter summer period. Even with the higher cost of the LED's, you should come out ahead with them over incandescent lights.


Jaybee
Sep 18, 2013, 10:09 AM
Conrad
If you have an unfinished attic space above your kitchen...any minor heat gain from the lights is just going up into that, and not doing you any good down below.

I would also go with LED, regardless. Shop around for the bulbs, the prices can vary a lot!

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Sep 18, 2013, 10:53 PM
Sparky617
From an energy perspective you will get more bang for your buck putting in sealed units that are IC (Insulation Contact) rated lights to prevent heat loss than you'll gain in winter heating with incandescent bulbs.

Is your kitchen located below living space or is there an attic directly above?


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