In this video, electrician Charles Vargas explains light-bulb options for recessed fixtures.
Choosing Recessed Lights:
- Incandescent bulbs are the most affordable options for recessed lights, but they’re not very energy efficient and only last two to three years.
- Halogen bulbs produce a very bright, white light, but they burn hot and last not much longer than incandescents.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs burn cool, last five to seven years and use less energy than incandescents. However, be sure to install electronic ballasts to eliminate annoying flicking and buzzing.
- LED recessed lights are expensive, up to $100 each, but they’re very energy efficient and will last for 15 years or more.