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Cree (LLF) LR6 6 in. Dimmable LED Downlight Reviews

Positive Reviews

pgallett

Amazing LED Floodlight Solution

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Pros: Looks great (on and off), well built

Cons: price, limited to their baffle/trim

I had the opportunity to test out this light very briefly thanks to Vinnie at Ferguson. The light appears to be extremely well constructed, on par with other high end LED's. The genius or achilles heal of this light , depending on which side your on, is that it replaces your entire recessed light baffle and trim kit (its plain white on this light). I assume this was to allow the manufacturer to get the actual light emitting portion closer to the edge of the recess (but I'm just spit balling). This wouldn't bother me, but if you are partial to black baffles or a fancy gold trim kit, you'll have to go with out. The light and heatsink are huge, especially compared to a standard LED...
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Negative Reviews

eco-sense

whats wrong with this picture(er light)

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Pros: it works

Cons: works for how long?

 Hi  guys , want to welcome back to planet sanity,$90 bucks for a light bulb?com-mon lets get serious. while I applaud companies like Cree et al for their advancement in this field We need to scale back by a factor of 10 before any of this stuff makes any kind of fiscal sense...Please dont give me the old" but they will last 20 yrs and I be giving them  to my children argument. right now we are jamming a bunch of newly designed LEDs into as small a package as possible and shoving as much power as they can take to get those big lumens (er sales)  The only guys that should be exited about buying these things should ex pentagon procurement guys who bought the $90 hammers and $2500 toilet...
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More Reviews

tng1

Awesome lighting effect.

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Pros: very little power used, 10.5 watts. Very bright warm light emitted.

I purchased the Home Depot Eco Options version of the bulb. When dimmed the light looks and dims the same as an incandescent. Instant brightness, no warm up period for full light intensity. Full brightness does give the effect that a skylight has been installed. I have 7 of these in the kitchen ceiling. A dimmer is a definite plus as the light is very bright at full wattage. The light distribution is extremely even. As an added bonus the recessed lights look so much better with the trim and full glass insert. No unsightly bulb to look at in the housing. I had previously used 14 watt (65 watt equivalent) dimmable fluorescent bulb in the cans. The light from the led unit is much...
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Great quality of light, easy to install

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Pros: very nice general room lighting, bright but not glaring

Cons: still pricey

Got these at the Home Depot to replace incandescent floods in my kitchen.  I am so pleased that I will continue to use these to replace floods as they burn out in my home.  The light is very pleasing not blue at all.  It great to be able to have enough light again...CFLs were so dim.
ElKabong

Great light - only problem is WAF is low

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Pros: Nice color, instant on, cool to the touch (must save on A/C)

Cons: Too bright? Cost.

Just installed the first of these last night - took about 15 minutes.  You have to remove the existing trim and undo the bracket inside the can that has the light socket.  Then you fasten the grounding wire frmo the luminaire to the inside of the metal can, extend the 3 retaining tabs, screw it into the light socket, and press the luminaire into place.   Easy install.  Next one will take under 10 minutes.  IF my adoring wife lets me put any more in!   She doesn't like how bright they are, and she doesn't like to use dimmers.  Argh.  She admits that the light they put out is very nice, and that our existing incandescents are much yellower.  But she finds that the brighter, whiter...
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stevie

Awesome, Awesome!!!!

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Pros: Quality of light and energy efficiency.

Cons: Only dimmable to 20% or so...and price is kinda steep

I bought 6 of these bulbs for my kitchen back before LLF was bought by Cree. Installed them and was amazed. I did not like my incadescent kitchen lights...too wasteful. Tried CFLs, but quality of light was poor and they gave me headaches. I am sensitive to light for some reason (get migraines). But used these guys and it doesn't matter how bright I set them, I do not get headaches any longer. they offer an excellent spectrum of light. I got the RC6 2700 wavelength version. They are easy to install and worth the high price. Although, they are now around $88 a peice online now... getting better. But would never trade them in. Have them all setup on dimmer and they work nicely. Uniformly dim.

cree lr6 addendum

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as an addendum to my earlies review, It will dim as a only light on 1 circuit. Thanks diddler for the info, I only wish Cree had given me the same in my email conversations with them. Light is now perfect, but for price. I am sure it will come down as all new technologies do and I will be on it for all of my recessed lighting.
TheDiddler

Cree LR6 LED Downlight

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Pros: Superior Light Quality and Brightness. 1/8 the Power Consumption of Incandescent and 50% the power consumption of CFL, No Harmful Toxic metals

Cons: Cost

I bought 15 of these lights and I'm very happy with them. There are really NO drawbacks  other than the initial capital outlay. Even with the current cost, you will save over $300 per bulb over 20 years (the effective lifespan of the product) in just electricity costs alone (assuming your kw/h cost stays the same over 20 years; it will no doubtedly go up though). This doesn't include using less of your AC because the bulbs give off less heat, or your time and auto costs going to the store to buy 10-20 replacement bulbs, dragging out the ladder and replacing them. To me, this is worth thousands of dollars over 20 years. Also, even after 20 years, the bulb will just be 70% the brightness of...
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kantoquad

a great light, but wait on the price

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Pros: no heat, with light almost at that of an incandescant

Cons: price, price, price, and a little too bright

This  gives off great light, better by a little than the best cfl. Its is just too expensive at the time. It is also significantly brighter than the 65 watt br30 that it replaced.Since it the only light on a circuit, it does not draw enough electricity to use a dimmer.. update- they are down to $81. next update- price down to $72.00, still not cheap, but I am biting again. Bought 4 more as we love the one we have. It gives off no discernable heat , Nice in the summer. My wife used to crank up the AC in the kitchen and a large part of that was the recessed lights. Payback time is now under 3 years even without the AC part of the equation. Will it last 20 years. I would even be happy...
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