I did some more research and everything IC-rated and designed as recessed lighting is 6-7" deep, ruling out installation in anything but at least a 2x8-depth space. I don't have that much room. Even non-IC rated stuff is at least 5-5.5" deep.
Now, I'm thinking of going the track lighting route. It's easy to install, makes way fewer (and much smaller) penetrations, and since they're line voltage, I won't have to deal with any dimmer issues.
Something like this should look nice:
I could either do track to be able to move the heads around, or I could use single-point power feeds and fix-mount the heads:
Cost would probably be comparable, but it would probably be a lot more work to do the single-point mounts - boxes on framing, lots of wiring and connections. Either way, cost is probably much cheaper (and much less work) than recessed lighting. IC-rated small enclosures are usually in the $40/ea. ballpark. These track heads are $11/ea.
I was thinking of setting it up like this:
- 1 circuit to control 3 floods on the soffit above the screen
- 1 circuit to control 9 floods (3 per side) on the side and back walls
- 1 circuit to control a spot or two over the front seats (for reading, etc.)
- 1 circuit to control a spot aimed at the rack in the back corner of the room.
Total cost should be in the $250 ballpark vs. $600 ballpark for recessed cans.
Well, I'm kind of talking to myself here - thinking out loud, I guess.