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LED retrofit for bad recessed lighting installation
I was just about to have fiberglass blown into a cathedral ceiling over a living room, when I discovered that all 15 can lights in the room were bad. They're non-insulation contact and non-airtight (Lightolier 1102p1). When the attic was originally insulated, the cans were surrounded with tar paper cones to keep the insulation back. Those have since collapsed. So, now these are not only venting a lot of air, but they're also a fire hazard - a couple of the thermal switches cycle.
I haven't talked to a lightolier dealer yet, but it doesn't look like there's a viable air tight/insulation contact retrofit for this model - the labor of getting into the soffits, wading through fiberglass, to replace the frames wouldn't be worth it. Lightolier makes an LED module, but it's pricey, and the system still wouldn't be rated for insulation contact.
So, it seems like my best bet is to remove the lightolier reflectors and trims, and install retrofit IC/AT cans in the existing holes. I'd like to leave the lightolier frames in place, but they seem flat, so that seems like it would work. Removing them would be a major hassle. Then I could either use regular bulbs and trims, or LED modules like the Cree CR6.
I'm somewhat inclined to go straight to the LED modules, because they have a lot of heat sink capacity. I'm a bit concerned that LED bulbs might have heat issues (CFLs seem to suffer a bit in the existing fixtures).
So, I guess I'm just looking for a sanity check on whether this is the way to go. Have I missed a way to work with the lightolier hardware? Any particular retrofit cans to seek/avoid? Thanks for any insight.