If you’re building a home, remodeling or just trying to find a few minor updates to do to your home, you’ve probably considered installing recessed lights. Once you know what you want, there’s a bit of research involved to determine how far apart you should space your lightings, where you should place them and how many you need in any given space. Here are a few tips and tricks for designing a layout.
Basic Rules of Recessed Light Fixtures
Ideally, before you begin, you should create a layout on paper (or a computer) so that you can play around with placement before drilling any holes into your ceiling.
With that in mind, the number one rule for recessed light fixtures is this: each object will light an area that is equal to the overall height of the ceiling. For example, if the ceilings are an average eight foot height, then each recessed light will create a diameter of light on the floor that is eight feet wide.
That being said, the spacing for your lighting fixtures will affect how bright the light is. For example, if you space the lights at six to eight feet apart, you’ll have more evenly distributed light throughout the space. However, if you space your ceiling lights further apart, such as ten to twelve (or even twelve to fourteen) feet apart, you’ll have a softer glow that will need to be supplemented with additional light fixtures such as table or floor lamps.
When starting a recessed lighting layout, you should space your first lights at least three feet away from the wall. Placing them closer to the wall will create a brighter space, while placing them further will help create a softer space, so keep this in mind.
Recessed Lighting Layout for a Kitchen
These rules are great for certain rooms in the home, such as a living room, great room or bedroom. However, the rules for a kitchen are entirely different. For example, in the kitchen space, you should place your lamps a minimum of four feet and a maximum of three feet apart to provide plenty of ample lighting in your kitchen space.
Of course, this should be over your counter tops, island or peninsula spaces. You don’t necessarily need to put recessed lights throughout your entire space; though you can if desired.
These are just a few of the basics for recessed lighting layouts. It’s important to keep in mind that different spaces will have different needs. If you feel you need more light for your space, consider adding portable lighting (such as table or floor lamps) or other sources of light, such as a chandelier or other pendants, to ensure you have plenty of ample lighting.
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