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Recessed Lighting 7-26-11 There are lots of new solutions out there.

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I  have been reading some of the posts in BeakTime on recessed lighting. There is some really good information contained in these comments and I am grateful to everyone that has posted. I am always ready to learn something new!  Some of the posts are dated and so much has happened in the recessed lighting world in just the last few months. There are now 144 different CFL (fluorescent screw in)  bulbs for existing fixtures, new fluorescent housings, and all kinds of new trims. We have 3000 in our catalog alone and there are other great companies that have ones we don't. Trims that make your fixture "air tight" but still with style. Then there is the LED explosion! There are LED retrofits, LED Fixtures and LED Bulbs that work great. ( and a few that don't).  So the point is, do not limit yourself but look at everything.  And yes I am kind of biased, just look where I work.  Oh, just wait until induction lighting and nano dot technology hits the recessed world. I will wait until later to post that.  Thanks for reading my post.

Mark Scott

Lead Lighting Designer 

So, Mark.......... (post #203746, reply #1 of 6)

Is this a chance to introduce yourself into the braintrust of knowledge here at Breaktime?




Is this just the usual dump an advertisement into a construction forum?


A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


So, Mark... (post #203746, reply #2 of 6)

Thanks for the message back. I appreciate it more than you know. I would love to find a way to get more information out so people would not make the same lighting mistakes over and over. I have been answering questions about lighting for 30 years and have been working with a number of contractors that utilize Fine Homebuilding Magazine (BreakTime). I do not know everything, and never will. But if I can help out here or there I am more than happy to do so. The industry has been so good to me, and I am grateful to all the contractors I have worked with over the years. (Many just know me as" Scott" from the last company I was at.) So thanks again, I was very excited to get your message. I hope to work with you on a project in the future.


Mark Scott

Lead Lighting Designer

I hope to work with you on a project in the future. (post #203746, reply #3 of 6)

You never know.

I like to use my locally owned family supply house for electric and another for plumbing. Same goes for all my material when appropriate (such as drywall, I wouldn't do that to a family-make'em haul board up or down..................)

But, electrical design and the latest information I can use in both bidding and suggesting to clients is very timely.  I urge you to bookmark this site and if possible, check in often as there are questions you could answer with a whole lot more expertise than many of us can muster..........

I also urge you to go high on the info and low on the link to your company, otherwise it's really running an ad and so, you should be contacting the advertising dept at FHB.  It pays the bills.

With that said, a link to a business is not really verbotin, but there is a line that us gentlemen/women do not cross and expect the same from newcomers so as to keep (in reality, rebuild) the integrity that once was pretty damn good web forum.

You know what I mean.

So, welcome to BT.

Now, if a feller were a bit earlier in the game-what do you know, advise and think might be a seller as far as under (and-in cabinet) lighting?

Speak to me.

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


New to BT (post #203746, reply #4 of 6)

I have posted before on other sites.(but only now and then)  I was told that not doing a full disclaimer on who I am and where I work, (because I am a lighting designer that works for a lighting supply company) would be frowned on.  So I have used full disclosure in my posts.

I just did a kitchen remodel project and used the Elite brand of undercabinet, old style fluorescent. It is very low profile and the project looks great.

Everyone is all over the LED cabinet lights, but I am not sold yet. The problem is the LED (emitter) may last 50,000 hours, but what about the cheap china made capacitor that is in the circuit that runs the LED. We have already seen problems. Check out Elites web site and check into their cabinet lighting fixtures. Let me know what you think.  My direct line is 505-717-7142 if you want to talk. Or  email at




p.s. I shop local when I can, keeps the taxes in the city I live. To bad I am in the middle of no-where

I have also noticed that (post #203746, reply #5 of 6)

I have also noticed that there is alot of new lighting comeing out intoour world, and wow isnt it all over whelming. Who ever knew LED lights actually save you money! i did some research and found them very expensive upfront bu thet last you for so many years which i guess is great, it saves you buying a new light bulb every 6 months!

I recently decided to go out an buy some LED's just to try and see if the roumors were true. Turns out they are! they are a natural looking light they dont fliker and are expected to last anywhere between 20,000 hours-100,000 hours...

The site i visited to purchase my LED lights is called they had an amazing rage of LED lights but also things such as deck lights, brick lights, wall lights and bollard lights you name they are bound to have it!

Although you are their lights online i found them to be very reliable, you can also call them up and ask them about there products. I would definately recomend to anyone to switch to LED lights you cant l;oose your saving money in the long run they dont flicker and last forever!

Theseare the other sites i looked at

Thanks for your post i enjoyed reading it

Kind Regards

Amber Miles :)

Listen up Amber. (post #203746, reply #6 of 6)

If you're going to spam a site, at least proofread what you evidently didn't learn in school.

I hope someone washes Breaktime of bull [JOBSITE WORD] like your post.


Thanks for at least trying to post under the right topic.  Hope you live long enough to change those bulbs.

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.