So we got one of the 2’x2’ residential lights to replace the old fluorescent fixture in our laundry room. 55W at full power, 3900 lumens, 2700K color temp. They’re proud of them–Home Depot sells these for $189.
Light went up with a major fight. This is a universal complaint about the beasts–that installing one, especially the 2x2 and especially as a surface mount on a ceiling, is a screaming b*tch. My sweetie and I battled through the last step (attaching the power wires and “sliding” the fixture onto the mounting plate) for about an hour, but finally were victorious.
We’re very happy with the result, if not the process. Light is much warmer than the thing it replaced, and while 2 4’ T8 tubes, according to spec, throw more light than 3900 lumens, because of the vastly superior direction/dispersion of the LED fixture, the room is much brighter.
Now off to order a VRE06-1LZ from the Amazon “sale”. Sigh. The dimmer is going to cost as much as the light. But LVE is what they spec for dimming these things. I’ll follow this up with a note on how well the thing dims.