Range hood ruins energy remodel!
I installed this Broan hood in our kitchen this summer: http://www.broan.com/products/product/qp230ss30-under-cabinet-range-hood—stainless-steel-350-cfm-67f44207-4f68-41fa-a2b2-ac92c3a95835/tab/overview
It has some nice attributes, mainly a nice, quiet, 100CFM low setting that works perfectly well for most things.
However, it has (4) MR16 50-watt halogen bulbs. Running 200 watts of light in one task area is stupid, given that I can light the entire room with about 64 watts. There are three brightness settings–I have not yet measured to see what the hood draws on the various settings, but I bet it’s not small.
I had expected to replace these with LED versions, but the hood has a sort of built-in electronic dimming, and I have no idea how to determine which if any LED MR16s will work with the internal electronics of the hood. I’ve already been through some travails trying to match various other LED bulbs in the house to dimmers, and I don’t want to waste money on trying bulbs with this hood, especially since I don’t have MR16s anywhere else.
Anyone know how to solve this? We like the light from the hood and want to use it. I have to buy LED stuff remotely and have it shipped here, so buy/try/return is hard to work.
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