Recessed lighting above couch


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Old 06-28-15, 08:39 PM
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Recessed lighting above couch

Hello, we are finishing our basement and I've already drywalled, painted, etc. When I installed my recessed lighting, I wanted some lights over the couch because we dropped the ceiling down for a heating duct. The drop ceiling is drywalled and about 6ft tall above the couch. I installed 4" HALO recessed cans above the couch. These lights are linked to 5 other 6" cans on a dimmer.
When I did this, I'll admit I didn't place the cans far enough away from the seating area so the lights will be almost over your head when sitting down. I was limited because of the ductwork. Dumb I know, but nothing I can change now.

That's the background information. Now I am to light bulbs. I bought a 4" led light and trim kit that would match the rest of my 6" recessed lighting. When I flipped the switch on, these lights are way too bright. So I bought Par16 350 lumen lights. These are much better but still a bit bright.

Is there anything I can put in these cans that will give off a very low light and still be dimmable? The couch is in my home theater area and I would like to dim for movies, etc.
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Old 06-28-15, 08:58 PM
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It's an art when you install recessed lighting. You need to be physic and fortune teller all in one. They're never put where you want them. I'm running into ductwork in a kitchen re-do I'm working on for a customer.

You need these 4" lights to dim the same way the 6" lights do ?
What are you using for bulbs in the 6" cans ?
 
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Old 06-28-15, 09:08 PM
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Yes they will HAVE to dim like the 6" on that side of the room because they are all wired together.
However, I guess if I got extremely low lumen lights, they wouldn't have to necessarily dim.

In the current 6" cans, I have BR30 down lights by TCP.

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Old 06-28-15, 09:19 PM
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Having the regular incandescents on the circuit will make the dimmer operate smoothly with respect to the LED bulbs. LED bulbs don't always dim well.

I can't really offer you a solution other than trying different bulbs. There are just too many out there to keep up with.
 
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You need to be physic and fortune teller all in one.
Physic, what's a physic? Do you perhaps mean a psychic?
 
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I knew you were going to say that.....
 
 

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