Retrofit Recessed Light Housings
I went with 4 inch housings (Halo H99RT) because those were
the smallest I could find that would fit a CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp).
A smaller 3 inch halogen housing would definitely look better but
I wanted something a little more practical and daily usable.
Either way, make sure you get the retrofit and not the new construction housings.
As much as I would have liked to have gone with halogen bulbs and made my place look like an art gallery,
I ended up going with CFLs because of the impracticality of halogens (heat, energy consumption etc).
I still wanted to at least somewhat achieve that effect though, so I
shopped around for dimmable CFLs that would fit in a 4 inch recessed light housing.
Finally ended up going with EcoSmart 14W (60W equivalent, part number ES5M814DIM2) dimmable CFLs from
Home Depot. The reviews for these bulbs aren't that great on the Home Depot site but
I've had them for about a year now and haven't had any issues with them.
They certainly don't dim as much as regular incandescent or halogen bulbs and you must
use a CFL dimmer with them, but other than that they've worked fine for me.
Lousy pics from my phone, but yes they do dim:
Recessed Lighting Trim
I went with a reflector trim because I wanted the light pattern to be
slightly more focused (like a spotlight). Halo 999P is the part number.
Wire, Wire Connectors
Lots of it. I used the Southwire 100 ft. 12-2 Romex NM-B Wire (part number 28828223) from Home Depot because
that's what the guy working there suggested.
These wires are thick/firm enough that you don't need a wire fish to
get them where you want them.