When is a 4 inch light not 4 inches? When it's a Cree!
I recently replaced all the 6" lights in my kitchen with Cree CR6s. It was super easy and I love how they look and work so I decided to do the same with the soffit lights. I pulled one down and measured the can. It's 4" wide. Perfect! Cree has the LR4 4" fixture. Everything on their website says it and the matching cans are 4 inches.
Those of you who know what you're doing when it comes to lighting probably see where this is going.
I bought a single LR4 to see how it would look. Upon receiving it I pulled it out of the package and held the fixture up to the existing can. Huh? The LR4 doesn't even come close to fitting inside my 4" cans. I measure and the supposed 4" LR4 is actually about 4-3/4" wide. I can only assume the supposed 4" can they sell for it is actually 5" wide. Is this normal? Am I just an uninformed idiot? Wait, don't answer that!
So, now I'm looking for an alternative. My current cans have PAR20 bulbs and I want to have LEDs. I bought a GE Energy Smart LED PAR20 at HD and screwed it into the existing fixture (CapriLighiting R401). The light spread is too focused and frankly it looks funny as did all the PAR20 LEDs. I also bought a Sylvania A19 Ultra LED and tried that too. It's workable and it's a LOT cheaper than the Cree LR4, but it also looks a little odd as the bulb is round and sticks down further than the PAR20. I'd like it to be a little warmer too. Both bulbs were dimmable which is a plus.
Any suggestions for a good, warm, wide, dimmable LED PAR20 bulb I can just screw into my existing fixtures?