Recessed Lighting Basics

Whether you are building a new home, remodeling, or just looking to add more light to a room, using recessed lighting can really be a great option.  Recessed lights can add function and style to many different room sizes and purposes.

Recessed lights can offer a clean, sleek look in a room. The lights do not interrupt the eye path as it scans across an area like other lighting sources can, and they can add a significant amount of light to any space.  Recessed lighting can make a room feel and look larger as well as gently highlight certain features or architectural focal points.

Here are a few tips on how and where to install recessed lighting:

  • Space out your recessed lighting cans from one another.  They should be evenly spaced and not too crowded.  A general rule most designers use is, 4 inch cans need to be placed at least 4 feet apart, while 6 inch ones should be at least 6 feet apart.
  • You can use recessed lights around the perimeter of a room to help push the walls our and make it feel larger.
  • Some recessed lights can be aimed or pointed in certain directions which can be nice to help spotlight a certain painting, fireplace, sculpture or area
  • Avoid placing your recessed lighting fixtures too close together or in a straight line as it can draw the eye in a negative way or look like a airport runway.

Consulting a professional before installing recessed lighting is a great way to make sure you use them correctly.  Your room or space can greatly be improved with these easy to install light fixtures.  Ask a representative from one of our Harold’s Lighting stores today for more information about recessed lights!