Whether it shines into the bedroom is a function of how it's aimed, not how bright it is. Light of any brightness will shine into the bedroom given equivalent fixtures. That's because light is on a decibel scale: reducing lumens from 1600 to 160 only reduces light by 10 decibels.
If you reduce light levels enough to no longer be annoying, now you can't see.
One charm of LEDs is that the light is fairly easy to aim/focus. In fact many consumer screw-in lightbulb replacements have corncob rows of LEDs aiming in every direction, so they act more like traditional bulbs!
We're not a shopping site but shop around and you should be able to find LED-built-in fixtures which look classic, have the yellowish traditional color, and throw the light exactly where you want, and not where you don't.
Once I replaced 3300 watts of mercury vapor lighting (every bit as lumen efficient as LED) with 225W of LED spotlights. The neighbors loved us because we stopped lighting up their bedrooms.
To your question, resistors and placing bulbs in series only works with incandescents, and you should not wire an installation that depends on them, because some goober will replace one with a screw-in LED bulb replacement. Those will treat voltage limiting like a brownout, and defeat your efforts.