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Recessed Lighting??

I am doing a new home build and deciding on different lighting options for my theater and other areas of my house. The guy who is going to be doing the installation recommended doing DMF recessed lighting and said it may be $130-$250 per light fixture. I'm assuming this is for the product and installation. I plan on maybe doing this DMF lighting in my living/dining/family/kitchen etc. The plan is to have everything in the house controlled by a Control4 system.

My question is, does anyone know if there really is a big difference between these DMF recessed lights vs going to my local home depot and getting comparable light fixtures for less to save that money? Any insight would be appreciated.
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I am doing a new home build and deciding on different lighting options for my theater and other areas of my house. The guy who is going to be doing the installation recommended doing DMF recessed lighting and said it may be $130-$250 per light fixture. I'm assuming this is for the product and installation. I plan on maybe doing this DMF lighting in my living/dining/family/kitchen etc. The plan is to have everything in the house controlled by a Control4 system.



My question is, does anyone know if there really is a big difference between these DMF recessed lights vs going to my local home depot and getting comparable light fixtures for less to save that money? Any insight would be appreciated.
I got mine at home depot and extremely happy with the results. I used the canless ones.

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The difference between DMF at $130 to $250 a can installed and DIY is $110 to $230 a can. I prefer 4 inch recessed cans that use MR16 bulbs with GU10 bases, those bulbs come in multiple color temperatures and are dimmable. If you want to spend $50 bulb you can get the Phillips hue with a range of colors and controllable with your phone.

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The difference between DMF at $130 to $250 a can installed and DIY is $110 to $230 a can. I prefer 4 inch recessed cans that use MR16 bulbs with GU10 bases, those bulbs come in multiple color temperatures and are dimmable. If you want to spend $50 bulb you can get the Phillips hue with a range of colors and controllable with your phone.
So you're saying the cost is going to be minimal if I were to go with DMF vs DIY and that I might as well go with DMF?
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So you're saying the cost is going to be minimal if I were to go with DMF vs DIY and that I might as well go with DMF?
He is saying difference in cost is substantial I think.

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the difference is $110 to $230 a can, If you can DIY electrical lighting you are a fool to hire someone. DIY electrical is subject to local codes, ranging from no problem to big problem. In my county you can do it with inspection, I taught myself and passed. Many projects on this forum are without inspection and installing lighting is a common DIY task. In some counties a homeowner can't even replace a faulty wall switch legally but their Home Depot still sells them to anyone walking in the door. Think about it.

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the difference is $110 to $230 a can, If you can DIY electrical lighting you are a fool to hire someone. DIY electrical is subject to local codes, ranging from no problem to big problem. In my county you can do it with inspection, I taught myself and passed. Many projects on this forum are without inspection and installing lighting is a common DIY task.
I, unfortunately, do not know how to DIY electrical lighting
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If you are fit enough to get out of bed it is not too late to learn. There are excellent books and videos available.
I noticed you're in the Northern VA area. Do you do projects for the entire home or just home theater projects? The home I am building is in Mclean, VA.
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I only do theaters and even then I'm semi retired and only want to do consulting and short duration local gigs. My goal has always been to coach the DIYer on how to do it. I like showing how, giving assignments then coming back to check your homework.
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