Recessed light for room


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Old 03-17-20, 09:30 AM
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Recessed light for room

My living room is 18.6ft (to rail) X14ft and 8 ft high.Enclosing pictures. I am thinking of 6 cans either 5 or 6 in. Wife will probably go with 5in. A number of places say take the sq footage and mult by 1.5 and I get 390sqft. If I go with 60 I get6.5 cans and if I use 75 watt I get 5.2 cans. So will go with 6 cans. Not sure how far from wall or how far from stairs to put firs light. Thinking of 2 o3 dimmers. Any ideas.
 
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Old 03-17-20, 10:09 AM
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Personally I would go with 5 cans along each wall.

Odd numbers always look better and you can always adjust the wattage up or down!

All on 1 dimmer, no need to split!
 
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Old 03-17-20, 10:18 AM
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I would personally use 6 cans, whether 6" or 5", evenly spaced regardless of the staircase. I think they would give you sufficient light all over. Plus, you already have a few task-lights (next to the couch for reading and at the piano).

I would also use only one dimmer. I find multiple switches to get complicated quickly, and with a reasonably small room, I don't see the need to split it up. Of course, you're welcome to do whatever you want!
 
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Old 03-17-20, 01:58 PM
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I never use a guide for installation of recessed fixtures. I go by past experience. Based on your picture that looks like a 4 minimum -- 6 maximum. I've been installing a lot of the self contained LED fixtures. You could use 5" there for good overall coverage.
 
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Old 03-17-20, 08:41 PM
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With the pitch of the roof I would like to try and use NO CAN LED 75 WATT LIGHTS (if wife likes the housing).I would be able to fish the wire after the hole is cut so I would not have to get all the way into the part of roof. I am not sure if I can cover them with insulation or not.
 
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Old 03-18-20, 09:42 AM
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I like the no-can recessed lights. I find them much easier to install than the traditional cans.
Most/many are IC rated (Insulation Contact), so make sure yours are marked as such and you don't have to worry about covering with insulation.

Make sure you're picking a color temperature you like. Probably around 3,000K - but it's personal opinion. be sure to not get the 5,000K unless you like the industrial/hospital look.
 
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Old 03-18-20, 01:23 PM
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Sketch a floor plan and take it to a lighting store - not a big box store. They can help with selection and placement.

We are having seven 6" cans installed in our 430 s/f MBR. They will be on a single wireless dimmer.
 
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Old 03-18-20, 04:34 PM
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I recommend the Halo brand specifically. They come with a five position switch to select the temperature during install. They are from a name brand company. They run slightly warm and the insulation is not a problem.

They're available from many places. Just one example below.
Halo 5" LED fixtures

I had a customer buy a load of the Chicago Electric 4" four packs. We did many rooms. These little 4" lights put out a stunning amount of light.They have a three position temperature switch. Not as high quality as the Halo so have 1-2 in stock for future replacements.
Chicago Electric 4" LED kits
 
 

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