How many recessed lights?

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Old 11-22-17, 09:17 AM
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How many recessed lights?

I have two rooms where I plan to install recessed lighting. I plan to install 4 inch lights.

The first is my living room which is 13 feet by 17 ft and I was thinking 9 lights? Does that sound like enough?

The second is my dining room which is 12 feet by 13 feet and I don't know if I should do 4 or 6 lights?

My ceiling is 8 feet. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 11-22-17, 09:34 AM
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IMO 4" recessed are for accent lighting, not general lighting. What is the purpose of these recessed?
 
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In both rooms right now, I currently have one of those ceiling fan lights and it just makes the room look smaller. So the purpose is to open up the room and get rid of the ceiling fans. I've read that 6-inch look more industrial and are generally four kitchens? I mean these recessed lights will be the only Lighting in both rooms.
 
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Old 11-22-17, 12:14 PM
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I have to agree. I'm not a fan of 4" high hats as the beam spread is fairly narrow and the intensity can be borderline. I'd consider using the 6" fixtures.

Recessed lighting can be a little industrial looking in a dining room. Have you considered a center light like a chandelier ?

One of my customers had us install four 4" cans and a chandelier in his dining room. That looked good and was effectively lit.
 
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My electrician said the 4" LEDs should be sufficient to adequately light up the rooms. Is he wrong?

And back to the original question, for my dining room, it is 12' x 13'. Are 4 lights enough or would you opt for 6?
 
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In the dining room will you have a hanging light over the table? If so, then 4" cans for accent lighting would be fine. Otherwise I would recommend 6" cans. Either way, 4 cans sounds OK of that size room.

For the living room, I would say two rows of 3 cans each (6 total) sounds good. I would use 6" cans here. I suggest spacing each row about 3'-4" to 3'-6" off the walls
 
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There will be no lights other than these recessed lights.

I see everyone's recommending the 6" lights, but is it preference or will the 4" ones actually not light up the room enough given the size of the rooms and planned # of lights? I've looked at both and much prefer the look of 4"...
 
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4" you are limited to the size of lamps available. 4" cost more for the can, cost more for the trims, and lamps are typically more expensive and output less light. IMO it is a mistake not to have a light over the table in the dining room.

We are not lighting designers and the info posted here are our opinions, preferences, and are drawn from experiences of installing thousands of can lights. This might help you figure how much light is enough for your rooms: How much light do I need?
 
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