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I like LIGHT when in the kitchen! ... Here's The Cheapo LED ReDo of My Existing Flourescents...

Added: Saturday, January 12th 2019 at 3:16pm by FedUpToHere


I have two built-in-ceiling overhead dual-tube 4 foot fourescent fixtures in my kitchen.  There are 2 four foot, 40 watt tubes in each fixture. 

Quite adequate for lighting...but there are advantages to switching to LED replacements...but there's a big first-cost in replacing the ceiling-inset flourescents.

Contractor changing out (retrofitting) the fixtures?  $350-500 each!

DIY total cost $28.58 for one DIY retrofit to LED ! ! ! 




Guess what?  A Store was having a sale on 4 foot LED shop lights.  Bought one thinking it might fit inside the existing kitchen fixtures...thereby doing an el-Cheapo end-run around replacing the whole in-ceiling flourescent fixtures...saving big bucks on the lights, and even more $$ on electricity and longer lamp life, too!  Win, and win, and win somemore!   {#apploud.gif} {#apploud.gif} {#apploud.gif}

The whole LED shop light DOES fit inside the old flourescent fixture case when I removed all the flourescents' guts.



AND NOW.... with one changed to LED, it provides MORE Light than before when BOTH flourescents were on!  YOW!  What a deal {#wow_bounce.gif} ! ! !

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1.  Saved at least $320 on the retrofit of one fixture.

2.  Saved having to buy more flourescent tubes @ $3-6 each, now.

3.  I am getting more LIGHT in Kitchen!

4.  Every time I turn it on (55 Watts) I am saving 25 watts of electricity compared to the old flourescents in that fixture at 80 watts.


I am afraid if I retrofit the other fixture I'll get a sunburn when cooking!   {#rofl.gif} {#rofl.gif} {#rofl.gif} {#rofl.gif}

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Wait a couple more years, and when the eyes grow dimmer, two fixtures will seem barely enough ...
Us old cynics know these things ... 

I'm two  7Ups, so I know...

Let there be light...!

We changed our kitchen's can fixtures to the LED and the difference is incredible.  I can  actually see without turning on  every light in there. We had a bath remodeled last year.   We had the can fixtures changed to LED, and  it was SO bright in there, almost blinding,  I could see every single smudge on our vanity top, so had the electrician put a dimmer on that light switch. 

Congrats, it's life-altering! {#basic-wink.gif}

"...dimmer on that light switch "

Great solution!  {#angelgirl.gif}

{#apploud.gif} {#apploud.gif} {#apploud.gif} {#apploud.gif} {#apploud.gif} When we remodeled our kitchen at the old house in DeWitt, we went to LED.  It was fantastic.  And the dim kitchen was so much brighter.

Every time I turn on that light I chuckle...it is soooo pleasing!...that I don't have to squint to see what I need to see...everything just jumps out...like it is REAL and PRESENT for the first time ever.


I am afraid if I retrofit the other fixture I'll get a sunburn when cooking!   {#rofl.gif} {#rofl.gif} {#rofl.gif} {#rofl.gif}

I like my lights a bit lower. My hubby likes it bright and I like it lower, we compromise

I am reminded of the Jello ad-rhyme:  Jack sprat could eat no fat. His wife could eat no lean. But together they could eat more Jello than anyone you've seen.


Good job. I've read there's a real cost advantage to using LED. I didn't know receptacles need to be changed to use them.

"Recepticles " I don't understand what you are referring to...voltage and wiring are very much the same for the 'fixtures' themselves, however....

Well, my light fixtures were inset into the kitchen ceiling in 1989.  New fixtures are not identical in looks, size, etc., so the originals usually have to be changed (at large expense) to different size in order to get the LED benefits.  --HOWEVER! Perhaps there are LED bulbs which simply go in place of the original flourescent tubes...I don't know about that.  That could have been a much more simple thing for me to do.  {#basic-blush.gif}

"On-ceiling" fixtures , those on the ceiling's surface, are much less problem for replacing with LED fixtures .


The darker it is, the better I look.  Leave 'em dim, unless I am working on a craft or something, lol.

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