Can it use fluorescent bulbs or only incandescent? Had cleaning complaints?
I am wondering if compact fluorescent bulbs can be used in this hood or if only incandescent?
And, am wondering if customers have complaints about cleaning under since it has a large flat area that would be needed frequent cleaning?
I will be buying this model, but had those questions.
I have owned this hood for 12+ years.
• There is no problem using CF, or any standard A-base bulb less than 75w. The white plastic lens cuts too much light, though – I just don't use it.
Tip: use a 7 watt & an 18 or 24w combination of CF bulbs in the two sockets; this facilitates "night light" and "bright" functions. Note: the exposed spiral tubes will get greasy, it may be worthwhile to use the CF lamp bulbs with an enclosing plastic cover.
• The flat plate must be removed periodically to clean collected grease (4 screws), dependent on your cooking habits. The thin standard filters are not particularly effective, although in line with other residential grade hoods.
In general, this is an attractive, mid-range hood with plenty of exhaust power for serious cooking on most range tops. The variable speed fan is perfect for dialing in noise-vs-performance settings. Although this hood has the option for venting back into the kitchen, it would be foolish to do so if you use your range for more than boiling water.
• The light switch had to be replaced after 12 years of daily use. This necessitated total removal and major disasembly of the hood and a $50 part. I consider this poor engineering, yet typical in this price range.
• It's no fun to clean, but what range hood is?
11 months ago