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How To Layout Recessed Lighting in 4 Easy Steps

How To Layout Recessed Lighting in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Jess Turner on Aug 16th 2015


Infographic: How To Map Our Your Recessed Lights

Recessed lighting offers numerous advantages to home lighting schemes, including a clean look that makes your space appear bigger and more organized. Learn more about how recessed lighting options, including smart downlights that utilize LED retrofits or bulbs, can help give your home a modern upgrade. Recessed kitchen lighting can boost your satisfaction with your living space by providing great task lighting that can supplement decorative island lights and under cabinet lights while blending seamlessly into the ceiling when not in use.

Adding Recessed Kitchen Lighting and Living Room Recessed Lighting

Recessed lights are generally meant to provide additional task lighting to supplement the light given off by decorative lighting fixtures and ceiling fans in rooms throughout your home. Follow these tips to create the ideal level of brightness:

1. Sketch your recessed lighting ideas.

The old saying "Measure twice and cut once" applies to recessed lighting. It helps to know where you want your lights to go before you choose recessed kitchen lighting or options for your living room or bedroom.

First, take measurements of furniture in the room and note areas where you’ll likely be spending the most time, such as near the coffee table, bookshelf or game table. This can help you understand where light is needed most in the space.

You can also note any architectural elements to highlight with recessed lights, such as a fireplace, display cabinet or an architectural stone wall.

Once you find the best placement for your needs, use the blueprint to sketch in ceiling recessed lighting placement. You can also decide at this point what recessed lighting size and type you desire, including smart downlighting options.

2. Choose a focal point (or not)

If you know a place that needs a recessed light directly above it, that should be the starting point for your recessed lighting plan. Laying out kitchen recessed lighting? Be sure you have ample task lighting like LED downlights directly above the stovetop, sink, and main food prep area.

Planning for pot lights in the living room? Be sure to shine them on that specific reading chair you already know needs extra lighting. To focus light on a specific area, center the first recessed light exactly where you want it and space the rest of the lights around it (see tip #3 for spacing).

Fireplaces are another popular place for installing focal lighting. Having gimbal recessed lighting above a fireplace lets you concentrate accent lighting on the mantel to show off those family pictures or intricate fireplace stonework.

If you prefer even placement around the room, place your first LED light in the center of the room and go from there.

3. Follow the ceiling height rule of thumb.

To determine how far apart recessed lighting should be in bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms, divide the height of the ceiling by 2 and use that as your light spacing. Ceiling recessed lighting placement can sometimes prove tricky, but a good rule of thumb is if a room has 8-foot high ceilings, recessed lighting should be spaced roughly 4 feet apart. Likewise, if it measures 10 feet high, put about 5 feet of space between fixtures.

Use this rule as a baseline, though. How close together or far apart the lights are spaced depends on several factors, including:

·         The brightness levels of the décor in the room

·         Type and wattage of lightbulbs

·         Purpose of the recessed lights (general, task or accent lighting)

Dimmable recessed lights make it easy to control brightness levels with dimmers. And smart LED downlights and LED bulbs can provide an additional element of control via mobile app or even voice control.

4. Avoid shadows in the corners.

Pay attention to recessed lighting spacing to prevent potentially ambiance-shattering shadows in corners. This can also have the effect of visually lowering the ceiling.

For example, the proper pot or can light distance from a wall is approximately 3 feet away to minimize unsightly shadows. When canless downlights reflect on the wall at the appropriate distance, they should make the room seem brighter and larger.

Now that you know how to achieve balanced placement for recessed lighting, consider the options available at LightUp to create the ideal home lighting scheme for you and your family. Sign up today to get recessed lighting discounts and coupons directly in your email inbox.

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