Recessed Lighting - Open Carport - How Many?

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Old 11-17-11, 07:02 AM
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Recessed Lighting - Open Carport - How Many?

I am building a new attached open carport. I am looking to install recessed lighting and wondering about how many I will need. The height is going to be about 12' and the carport is a 27'x32'. I want enough light to read a book at night. I will be using Halo 6" recessed cans. Also I need to figure the amount of lights and wattage of bulbs to get correct wiring and breaker(amps). Please help so I can get right the first time. Thanks
 
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Welcome to the forums.

How do you intend to use the carport? I think of can lights as spot lights rather than general area lighting.
 
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The main intent of the carport is for getting cars out of the weather (frost, getting groceries out...), but I have no shop right now, so It would be also for small repairs on my cars also, and maybe some cookouts.

I should also mention that vinyl soffit will be placed underneath.

I want it to look good and recessed lighting does to me, but any recommendations to lighting would be considered as I have some time.

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I like fluorescent tubes for shop lighting - 4' tubes usually. I also have a mobile halogen light stand for all those times you're working in an area where you need specific lighting the overheads don't provide (often in the house as well but almost always needed when working on the car).

I get what you're saying about looking nice but I tend to be more utilitarian in my thought process on something like this. If you want cans, I would spend a lot of time plotting out where you need the lighting and figure a can would probably be needed over each of those spots.

By the way, you thinking incandescent, fluorescent or LED?
 
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I have been looking on Lowes.com for lighting and came across the 4' fluoresent lights that are enclosed and have decorative end caps on the housing. Although they are a bit pricey, I think I may go this route. How many would I need, is still my question. Would six be enough? thanks
 
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Six might not make it very bright. Are you looking at 2 or 4 tube fixtures?

You could also add task lighting for reading.
 
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