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The heat of halogen concerns me. I cannot find a dimmable LED is small can for soffit. Anyone have any sources? Thanks.
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We just ordered Commercial Electric LED lights for our basement. They have them at Home Depot. Almost positive it's dimmable.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ANYDLTU?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links
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I've replaced a number of my incadescent light bulbs in my theater with dimmable LED bulbs. The original style cans are pretty cheap and you have a wide assortment of LED bulbs available. IMHO that approach gives you the most flexible strategy.

Keep in mind that they don't dim 100% but they do turn off.
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I have several 4in can LED light from home depot and lowes. Buy several and see which one you like best. Some take a second to come on, some only dim to 20%, some are a bit too cool in color temperature... but many to chose from.



http://www.lowes.com/Ceiling-Lights/Recessed-Lighting/Recessed-Lighting-Kits/_/N-1z11owq/pl

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Is anyone finding 4" leds for their cans they actually like for less than $30 each that are dimmable?
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In my quest for good LED UV lighting that would charge up the glow paint that I use in my murals, I came across a guy who gets his lights, or supplies Duracell with their lights (so they are high-end lights). He mentioned a while ago that he would come up with a price list for my customers who were looking for dimmable LED lights. But, at the time, I was focused on the LED UV rope lights. I just called him and asked him for pricing. But, since there are sooooo many different types of lights that are available, my head started spinning.

So, if you guys would let me know what size lights are most used in theaters, and the highest brightness... I will give him the top 5 to 10 lights, and then let him come up with pricing for people I send to him (As long as I don't have to be the middle-man smile.gif

So, a 4" can was mentioned. Now, would you need a regular bulb, or the extra length bulb? See, my head is starting to split!!! I paint dots for a reason... numbers give me migraines.
The regular lights are 3.75" W x 3.75" H and the extra length ones are 3.75" W x 4.25" H. Which would be more common, or would both be common?

So, what are the sizes that you guys use? I think that they have rope lights too in case you want to include what would be needed in those too.

(Again, for the record... these are high-end lights that I will be getting pricing for. But they will still be priced less, I was told, than retail)

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I put 6 x Par30 Utilitech's from Lowes in my theater room I'm building. They were very reasonably priced ($27ea and have a 2 year warranty) and I think the light they put off is great. I hate the orangish light of older incandescents and really like the whiter glow they offer. I used Lutron Maestro CL dimmers on them, my preferred dimmer of choice. The only thing I didn't like was that Lutron CL dimmers aren't easy to find in black just yet since they are newer to the market. So I'll live with white for a while.

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Hi,
I was wondering, after you guys have lived with these things for a while, how do you like them?

I'm really interested in finding out how well they perform at the lowest brightness level. I really enjoy the very long fade in and out you can get with incandescents but I hate the orange hue when they get that low.

Has anyone found any LEDs that perform well without that a sudden jump to on?

I have read they can go as low as 5%. It's not ideal but I think I could live with that. The problem is finding them.

Just curious how everyone likes their dimming performance.

Thanks,
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I copied off of Cinemar, and used these in both 4" and 6", controlled by a Lutron Grafik Eye:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-4-in-9-5-Watt-65W-Soft-White-2700K-LED-Downlight-ECO4-575L/202899613

They are the EcoSmart CREE LED recessed lights. The price increased on them for some reason, because they used to be $34.97.

I really like the soft white light that they produce. It's very close to incandescent in color. They also dim very well with the Grafik Eye, but I would say there needs to be at least 3 of them on one zone to present enough load to the controller to dim properly.

I think I have some pictures of them in my build thread (see my signature).
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I just bought one of these as a test bulb and it is great.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006XB2102/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Dims to about 5%. I went ahead and ordered another 20 as they are cheap and the delivery time is long. I have trims for my 4" cans so I don't need the CREE LEDs with trims built in. Although I do have those for my 6" cans and I love them.
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They also dim very well with the Grafik Eye, but I would say there needs to be at least 3 of them on one zone to present enough load to the controller to dim properly.

That's a great point actually. I completely forgot about how their performance could change with more load.

I'll give those things a try.

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