Recessed Lighting 101: Proper Recessed Lighting Layouts

Recessed Lighting 101

Recessed lighting 101 has become a popular choice for many homeowners. It’s easy to understand why recessed lighting allows you to create a much more even distribution of light across the room. Done properly you can avoid the dark spots that so many rooms have. 

However, if you’re going to add recessed lighting to your home there are a few things you need to understand. 

Get Professional Help

Legally, you are not allowed to alter your lighting circuit or add a new one. That means if you don’t currently have recessed lighting you’re going to need the assistance of a qualified level 2 electrician.

Although this will increase the cost slightly you will be assured of high-quality work and you won’t have an issue if you decide to sell your home. In addition, it will help to ensure you comply with your insurance terms, helping to get a payout if the worst should happen. 

A professional will help you understand and decide between the remodel style and the new house style of downlighters. They’ll also make sure moisture levels are considered and taken into account. 

Fixture Size

You should also note that downlighters come in different sizes. You can choose the size based on the area you are covering and how much light you wish to generate. In most cases, the 4-inch recessed lighting is a popular choicer as it creates an even distribution of light. Combine it with carefully positioned lights and you’ll have a room that is perfectly lit, regardless of what you are using it for. 

Bulb Sizing

Most recessed lighting units use LED bulbs, this allows you to get a satisfactory light level while minimizing electrical draw. The larger the space the bigger you’ll probably want the light output to be. 

However, you’ll need to remember there must be balance. Every electrical lighting circuit can only handle so many watts. Depending on how your recessed lighting is wired you may be limited regarding the amount or size of bulbs you can use. 

Consider this before you instruct your electrician to start work.

The Layout

Perhaps the most critical element is the layout of the recessed lighting. 

Most people opt for a standard gap between lights, creating a grid effect in the ceiling and hopefully illuminating every part of the room perfectly.

However, any pattern is possible and you need to consider what the room is used for and where the furniture is positioned.

The kitchen is a perfect example. If you adopt a standard grid there is a good chance you’ll be illuminating the tops of your cupboards. That’s a waste of light. 

Before you start installing the lights take a moment to look at the layout. You can then set the lights where you walk and where you are most likely to need light, such as over-the-countertops or over a desk.

While it may look unconventional on the ceiling it will create the perfect lighting solution for your space.

The good news is that the recessed lighting can be easily altered in the future if the layout of the room changes.