How Far Apart Should Can Lights Be in Costa Mesa, CA? Recessed Lighting Layout & Placement Guide

If you have been in your home for some time or you just bought a house, one area that many people want to upgrade are the lights. The lighting in a home is important for the functionality and décor of the house. If you don’t have enough lights, your house can be dim and dark and if your lights are positioned incorrectly they can lead to a bright room that is full of odd shadows. It is not only important to have enough lights but to have the right types of lights too. One type of light that is a great option for lighting a home are recessed lights. The recessed lights are an affordable option and can be a beautiful look as well. The problem is that once they are put in the ceiling they are there to stay. They can be moved but the process is quite difficult and that is why making a layout placement plan is a good idea. You will want to use plans and draw out the house and rooms that you want to have your new recessed lights installed to determine the best placement. You can use different types of bulbs in your recessed lights including some great energy efficient ones. The placement is so important which is why you need to know what the best placement is.

Peterkin Electric Offers Some Tips On Laying Out Placement of New Recessed Lights in Your Home

Focal Points Lighting Placement: If you are looking at your house and rooms in particular it is a great idea to label important areas. For example, if you have a kitchen with an island in it that is a focal point of the room, it is a great idea to have this particular area set with lights.
Will the Lights Function: Although lighting is a very important aspect of the décor of a home the functionality of the lights is even more important. You want be sure that the lights are working the way that they are intended and not casting weird shadows or over lighting one area while another area is left dark. If a light is installed and it is close to a wall it can start to cast shadows that can look ominous to the room. This will then not allow the light to extend the way it was supposed to and in turn not lighting the room how you wanted to.
How Far Apart Should Recessed Lights Be?: A general rule is to divide the height of the ceiling by two. For example, if a room has an 8 foot ceiling, you should space your recessed lights about 4 feet apart. But you may want to space them closer or further apart depending on brightness of the room, type and wattage of lights, purpose of recessed lights (general, task, or accent lighting) etc.
Number of Lights Matter: There is a good balance in the amount of lights that they are used in a home. Although the recessed lights are great they are often not the only lights that are used. You want to be sure that you are aware of the other lights that you want to use and decrease the recessed lights if necessary.

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