5 Reasons Why You Should Retrofit Your Recessed Lighting with LEDs

Take a quick mental inventory of the recessed lighting that’s currently in your home or business.

Is it efficient? Is it helping you save money on your power bill, or on your bottom line? Is the light quality impressive? Are the light bulbs incredibly long-lasting?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, this article is for you. There’s a good reason why “retrofit” is the hottest buzz word in energy efficient right now, and why individuals and businesses across the world are revamping their recessed lighting systems to save millions of dollars by switching to LEDs.

1. You can kiss the hassle (and cost) of replacing light bulbs goodbye.

Average lifetimes range between 35,000 and 50,000 hours for LED recessed lighting retrofits. That means these lights are going to last anywhere from twelve to seventeen years, even if they are left on for eight hours every day. Imagine: If you install an LED recessed light in your newborn’s nursery, you won’t be replacing the light until that baby is leaving for college.

You can see why the slightly higher upfront cost of LED recessed lighting quickly pays for itself! This benefit is especially beneficial for those with high ceilings, where replacing a light bulb is a real headache.

2. You’ll shave dollars off your power bill immediately.

LED recessed lights deliver the same bright light you are used to, yet they consume less watts to do it. Consider this: a four-inch LED retrofit module uses just 9 watts to operate, whereas its incandescent counterpart blazes through about 40 watts. Multiply that by the number of recessed lights you retrofit, and you have  savings on each monthly power bill.

3. Your inefficient recessed lights are making your air conditioning work harder.

Incandescent and halogen light bulbs give off a whole lot of heat, and each summer, your A/C system is forced to counteract that heat – using even more energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that 4-5 percent of the energy used in the entire United States goes solely to removing excess heat generated by lighting. Wow. Let’s make a dent in that 4-5 percent, shall we?

4. The actual retrofit is incredibly easy. Electricians, DIY gurus, or anyone with remote knowledge of home improvement projects need not be present. 

Step 1: Remove your inefficient light bulb. Step 2: Pull off the trim. Step 3: Screw the LED retrofit module right into the existing socket.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that!

5. You can customize the LED to look like whichever light source you prefer.

If you just can’t part with the warm yellow glow that your incandescent light bulbs give off, do not fear. LEDs are actually available in a wide range of color temperatures. Choose between warm white, cool white, or neutral white when you place your order. Efficient, bright, beautiful light is coming your way!

Emily Widle

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

  • Thnx for the information. I cant find any leds that make warm light here in the Netherlands. Any US store I can order??

  • anndee4444

    None of these benefits are unique to recessed lighting…

  • Nelson

    There is a sixth reason. The older recessed housings are designed to let air flow through them. When these are on the second floor below an uninsulated attic or in a ceiling below a roof, these recessed can housings leak a lot of house air into the uninsulated space. These new LED retrofits seal the housing and prevent this airflow. Less heat loss in winter, less cooling loss in summer. This is a major recommendation in improving the energy efficiency of a home.