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bleger
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Arnaudville, LA
Member since Feb 2017
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Too many recessed lights?
I'm building a man cave/outdoor kitchen right now. Doing the work myself. I'm installing recessed lights for general ambient lighting and am trying to figure out if I'll have too many.

The room is 14x20' with 8' ceiling and consists of kitchen and small living area. I currently have 11 6"can lights laid out 4' apart from each other and 3'from the walls. 9 of them are in the kitchen area and 2 are over where the sofa will be. Is that too many? I thought about reducing the number of lights but not sure how I can lay them out without have some dim areas. I want plenty light but not overpowering. I am planning on putting dimmers to control the brightness.

Does this sound like too many lights?


idlewatcher
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Houston
Member since Jan 2012
39323 posts

re: Too many recessed lights?
Positioning of recessed lights is like a sprinkler system.

Find out where the outter edges are of your lights are and space them accordingly.

Similar to this:



You want a bit of overlap and you certainly don't want your whole ceiling to be one huge light


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hungryone
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river parishes
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re: Too many recessed lights?
I've got nine in my kitchen, as I like LOTS of light. They're on a dimmer, though: this allows me to dial things down when I want.


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KoozieKing
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Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2015
68 posts

re: Too many recessed lights?
How many lumens are the cans? i'll run a quick calc.

ETA: 600 lumen can, qty of 12 spaced evenly is about 15 footcandle, which is plenty in my opinion.
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bleger
LSU Fan
Arnaudville, LA
Member since Feb 2017
149 posts

re: Too many recessed lights?
The LED BR30 bulbs I was looking at show 720 lumens. 9 of the cans are in an 11x14 area of the kitchen portion. Definitely dont wsnt it overpowering but want plenty light. Should I take a few down?


mtcheral
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BR
Member since Oct 2008
1165 posts

re: Too many recessed lights?
My kitchen is about 17’ x 17’ and I have 6 recesssed cans- newer bright led kind like you are talking about. I have 6 there and an island light in the middle and it’s plenty even without the island light on.


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KoozieKing
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Baton Rouge
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re: Too many recessed lights?
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The LED BR30 bulbs I was looking at show 720 lumens. 9 of the cans are in an 11x14 area of the kitchen portion. Definitely dont wsnt it overpowering but want plenty light. Should I take a few down?


I think that should work well. I would say that area would be around 25fc. A typical indoor kitchen should be around 30-40.


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nismosao
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Slidell
Member since Mar 2008
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re: Too many recessed lights?
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The LED BR30 bulbs I was looking at show 720 lumens. 9 of the cans are in an 11x14 area of the kitchen portion. Definitely dont wsnt it overpowering but want plenty light. Should I take a few down?


Use Philips Hue bulbs. Put as many cans as you want and then you can even dim them individually if you want. You can then set scenes for different times of the day or moods, and you can access those very quickly, especially if you have smart home speakers (i.e. Alexa, Google Home).


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Hammertime
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Will trade dowsing rod for titties
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re: Too many recessed lights?
A lot of the manufacturers will tell you the coverage at different heights on their websites


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