Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Recessed Lighting Placement

Recessed lighting placement plays an important role to get an effective recessed lighting design. To correctly place recessed lights you should follow the recessed lighting spacing formula which simply says the space between can lights and the wall should be half the calculated distance between can lights. Let’s go to calculate the placement for general, task, accent lighting layers and tell you some useful tips for wall wash lighting. Recessed lighting placement calculations done after calculating how many recessed lights in the area or surface need, decide on a recessed lighting layout to know the number of recessed lights in each row of lights.

Recessed Lighting Placement

Recessed Lighting Placement Calculations for General Lighting

Below are simple steps to calculate recessed lighting placement locations for a room or space for general lighting purpose.

  • First, determine the length of the room or area.

  • Determine the number of lights in the row covering that length, you get the distance between the recessed lights.

  • Divide the distance between the recessed lights by 2, you get the distance between the wall and the first and last recessed light in that row.

  • Now repeat the same steps for the width of the room to get the placement of the can lights in the width rows.

Recessed Lighting Placement Calculations for Task Lighting

The Recessed lighting placement for task lighting aims to light task areas or surfaces such as counter tops, kitchen workspaces, and reading areas.

  • Recessed lighting placement calculations are the same as general lighting calculations for the area of the surface required to be illuminated.

  • If the task area or surface beside the wall, the distance between the wall and recessed lights should be ¼ the distance between the ceiling and the surface to eliminate harsh lighting.

Recessed Lighting Placement Calculations for Accent Lighting

Using adjustable trim recessed lights are a good choice for accent lighting when you need to attract attention to an object such as picture, flowers or artwork. To place recessed lights for accent lighting purpose follow the below steps.

  • Measure the distance from the ceiling to the object and multiply by 0.6, you get the distance from the light to the wall.

  • If adjustable trims used they may be directed 30 degrees to minimize glare. In the case of using more than one recessed light, the can lights should be evenly spaced to improve the visual appearance.

Recessed Lighting Placement Calculations for Wall Wash Lighting

Recessed lighting can be used to wash a wall with light. Recessed lighting placement would be placed from 1 to 2 feet away from the wall if fixed trim recessed lights used, if adjustable trims used the distance may increase to 3 feet away from the wall.