Retrofit older recessed lighting?

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Old 12-01-13, 08:54 PM
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Retrofit older recessed lighting?

We just moved into a house with some recessed lighting with the old 4" incandescent bulbs. It looks like the trim and cans are 6"... at least the inside of the trim is 6" diameter, and with the trim flange on the ceiling it looks about 7.25".

But I'm pretty sure the hole in the ceiling is 6".

I'd rather not patch every hole to get 4" or more modern looking lighting in there, and was looking into retrofit kits.

So are there any recommendations for retrofit kits? Are they even a good idea? When looking at lighting (4" I think) what kind of LED is good these days? I hear the light quality has improved vastly over the last couple years and is now warm and nice.

The ceilings are also just 8' high, so the beam spread is important as well.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
 
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Old 12-02-13, 03:39 AM
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No product that I know of to make it smaller. Why not just use 6" LED's. Run about $30 at big orange and give out great light. Lot less work, too, so you can concentrate on the other stuff a new house will be calling for.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 06:48 AM
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A 4" light will not give you the same light distribution or amount of light as the 6". A 4" is fine for accent lighting but too small for general lighting.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 08:42 AM
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We just moved into a house with some recessed lighting with the old 4" incandescent bulbs.
Do you mean R-30 bulbs? They're 3-3/4" in diameter, not 4". I'm not familiar with an R-32, which is what a 4" bulb would be.

I installed R-20 bulbs, which are 2-1/2" in diameter, in the 6" cans over our kitchen counters. They work well in those task lights. I kept an R-30 in the can in the middle of the kitchen, for general lighting.
 
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Yep, I had no idea what an R-30 bulb was, but after looking it up it seems exactly what I have. Maybe I should look for an R-30 LED?

Any suggestions for LED?
 
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Old 12-02-13, 10:00 AM
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I stick with known brands. In this case, maybe a GE 65388.
 
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