Help with recessed lights in living room


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Old 07-14-19, 07:11 AM
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Help with recessed lights in living room

Hi, I have a layout of recessed lights that I want to put in my living room. I am using 6 6" lights spaced about 4 ft from the wall, and a little over 5 ft from each other. On one wall is a bookcase and a tv. I have 8ft ceilings. Please comment.
 
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Old 07-14-19, 07:26 AM
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Your layout looks good on paper. Your homes framing, plumbing, and HVAC may cause you to adjust as needed.
 
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Thanks, I have accounted for this already. I was primarily concerned with the size chosen (6"vs 4") and the general placement with respect to the TV and book case. Thanks for the feedback.
 
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Old 07-14-19, 07:41 AM
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Also, how to I ensure that the lights are aligned straight? Ideally I would measure off both walls, but the walls will not be straight on each side along the length. So should I be indexing the first one off the walls then aligning the rest to this light?
 
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I don't know what your switching plan is, but I would consider a separate switch for the two near the TV. You may find you want them off when watching TV.
 
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That's a good suggestion, I can install a second dimmer for these two.
 
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Measuring directly off the wall for placement is ok. They can be slightly off without it being noticeable.
 
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If you go with 4" lights you would likely need a different layout and more of them.
 
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Thanks, I will be going with 6", I have all the material
 
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Old 07-31-19, 01:11 PM
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So I marked up the ceiling and the lights look to be spaced too close together. If I move them 6 inches closer to the long walls, Will they be too close to the wall?
 
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Old 07-31-19, 01:28 PM
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You will get a cone effect on the walls if you get them too close but nothing wrong if they are 36-42" away and you dont mind those brighter spots on the walls. You can also sometimes adjust a bulb higher if needed.
 
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Old 07-31-19, 05:41 PM
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Here's my new layout. I moved them closer to the walls. Hopefully there is not too much spacing between the two rows. I have GE Soft White 65W equivalent LED 6" lights. I'm ready to cut tomorrow.
 
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Looks like pretty good spacing to me.
 
 

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