I am building a new house and am almost at the gibbing stage (ok so i know that means im almost too late to be asking this but i have told the sparky i have to get back to him!) and have been told LED downlights are the way to go. I am looking at using downlights for the whole house (so approx 30 of them) aside from the 4 chandeliers i am using in certain areas.
Now i have read all 33 pages of the LED lighting topic in this forum and being not in the lighting industry i dont understand all the jargon but understand the basic issue with led downlights being the loss of insulation is way more costly than energy saved using LED's.
So first question, if a get IC-F rated LED downlights, does the insulation issue go away making it worth spending $80-$150 on an LED solution??
I am looking at the below LED's:
$138.75 from lighting plus
$67.43 from lighting direct
These two below are CA rated only but have higher lumens
D900 curve v1.5
CA 135 rated
approx $150 from ECC from memory
CA 80 rated
$82.43 from lighting direct
So my further questions based on the above
Given i cant cover the CA rated units from above and they can only be abutted, should i completely discount them?
If so, between the 2 IC rated units, Is it worth paying double the price for an extra 150 lumens ??
I dont want hanging lights, so if downlights are still not reccomended due to insulation loss even if they are IC-F then what other options should i be looking at?