I have 12v LED puck lights from ikea. They come in a nice warm color so they do not even look like LEDs. I think it was a 4 pack for $39. Have not installed yet but will get some pictures of them.
As I mentioned, I have the cool-blue LED's and I like how the match my color scheme but if I had a lot of natural, varnished wood, I'd want to go with the warmer color, too. It's kind of a question of what matches.
I think that LED's @ $39/4 is a good price. I don't remember what I paid but I bought the puck lights with halogen light bulb (don't remember exactly from a couple of years ago but they struck me as pretty expensive). Then, when I realized the current draw and heat (although the light output was good), I spent about $6 for the LED bulbs. This was an expensive way to go but I'm super happy with the light fixtures I have (low-profile) and the low current draw and good light. Also, the LED's I have now are dimmable and I'm looking for a suitable 12V dimmer switch for my main downstairs (I'll leave the kitchen group full illumination - can't see needing to cook in dim light) group and also for the living room and bedroom groups upstairs (the main corridor light, and the stair light I'll leave full, too).
Gary Throneberry gave me contact info for http://www.rvledbulbs.com/
- either a representative (or maybe the owner) attended the Shelbyville rally in October and Gary had both the warm and cool lights on his bus (which has a lot of natural wood and also brown/tan/golden upholstery materials). I am very happy with the LED's I got from RVLeds, the price, and their service.
Jon, I hate dimly lit living areas, too, but it will be nice to be able to dim the bedroom and living room. One of my big factors is that The Management loves to read (usually 2-3 books a week) and that means that I have to have good reading lights in comfortable areas for her. (In addition to the corridor lights in the bedroom - which will be full illumination when on - there are two ceiling puck lights which I'll make dimable and two "candle-look" wall lights, one on either side of the head of the bed. The wall lights have screw-in bulbs but I'll replace them with LED's as soon as I can match the bases. So. she'll have a very comfortable reading nook with lots of light in the living room and plenty of light to read by in bed.)
BH NC USA