What is an ideal number of recessed lights per room?

Old 11-20-02, 01:08 PM
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What is an ideal number of recessed lights per room?

I'm going to install recessed light in my basement that I'm finishing. I intend to install recessed light in 3 areas: entertainment (25'x15'), pool table (20'x13') and computer room (12'x9'). What is the idea number of recessed lights for each of these areas? Thanks in advance.
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A grid of lights spaced about 6 to 8 feet apart and 3 to 4 feet from the walls is average. This would be for typical 65-75 watt flood bulbs. This can be varied up or down depending on the planned activities in the area, and whether or not you will have any task lighting (e.g., desk lamps). I prefer the more expensive eyeball trim on recessed lighting since it lets me play with where the light shines a bit. This helps avoid glare on computer screens, and allows you to point the light at a bookshelf or desk surface or dark corner.

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What kind of recessed lighting, and how bright do you need/want it too be?
What color are the walls, floor and ceiling, how high is the ceiling?
Looking for general lighting or focused lighting?
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Thumbs down Cost of operation

Note that these lights are expensive to operate because a large amount of light is lost in the fixture as heat.
Also many recessed lights are not rated for having insualtion next to them leaving a thermal "hole" in the ceiling.

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