Formula: **total sq.** **footage x 1.5 = total wattage needed.** **Total wattage divided by 60 watts (or whichever wattage you select) = total amount of recessed can lights**. Example: 240 square foot room x 1.5 = 360 divided by 60 (the bulb wattage I’d like to use) = 6 recessed lights needed.

## How many recessed lights do I need in living room?

Whatever new recessed lighting you add should work with your existing fixtures. Measure your room to see how many fixtures you will need. A common rule of thumb is that you use **one recessed light for every 4 to 6 square feet of ceiling space**. Doing so provides even, overall illumination.

## How many ceiling lights should be in a living room?

Every manufacturer will provide a maximum spacing criterion for their lights. For example, **for a 6-inch light, typically, the number is 1.5, which should be multiplied by the ceiling height**. So, if your ceiling is 8 feet tall, multiplied by 1.5, the maximum space between each light should be 12 feet.

## Where should recessed lights be placed in living room?

If you plan to illuminate an entire wall or accent particular architectural features or pieces of art, the rule of thumb is to place your recessed light fixtures **between 1.5 feet and 3 feet from the wall**. If your fixtures are fixed, they should be placed a bit closer to the wall.

## Should I put recessed lighting in my living room?

Living Room

Pros: As in the dining room, you can create a lovely, warm glow and accentuate your artwork with the proper placement of recessed lights. To achieve the best effect, **place the lights two to three feet away from the walls**. Cons: Spacing is important to make any room look its best with recessed lighting.

## How many can lights in a 20×20 room?

If you have a center light fixture, you should be able to use 4 inch line voltage cans or low voltage for supplemental lighting. I would go with **at least 8 three inch cans** for a 20 foot room.

## How many recessed lights do I need for a 12×12 room?

The typical rule-of-thumb is 24″ from each wall, and then 3-5 feet between cans. So in a 12′ room you’d probably want **two rows of lights**. Considering it is a bedroom and you don’t need it as bright as a kitchen, you can probably get away with 2 rows of 4 lights for a total of 8.

## Can you have too many recessed lights?

It often seems that installing recessed lights is a cure all, but they cannot properly wash light upon walls and all dark corners, which would bounce reflective light into the room. In fact, **using too many recessed light may leave areas of your room dark and may even cost you more on your electric bill**.

## How do you calculate recessed lighting?

By **dividing the total height of your ceiling in half**, you get the amount of space you should leave between each light. For example, recessed lighting spacing for a 16-foot-high ceiling would be 8 feet between each light. This will provide good spacing for the overall illumination of the room.

## How many feet of LED lights do I need for my room?

To determine the needed lumens, you will need to **multiply your room square footage by your room foot-candle requirement**. For example, a 100 square foot living room, which needs 10-20 foot-candles, will need 1,000-2,000 lumens. A 100 square foot dining room, which needs 30-40 foot-candles, will need 3,000-4,000 lumens.

## Does recessed lighting add value to a house?

In addition to **increased home value**, installing recessed lighting has many other benefits. This lighting type is perfect for low-ceiling homes because the fixture is built straight into the ceiling. It can also help open up your space and make the room appear larger.

## Is recessed lighting out of style?

**Recessed lighting will never go out of style**. However, the finishes and sizes will vary and change as time goes by. There are too many advantages of having the lighting recessed for them to eventually go out of style or phase out.

## How far apart should 6 recessed lights be placed?

Generally speaking, recessed lights that are four inches in size should be placed four feet apart. Six-inch lights should be placed **six feet apart**. In other words, the diameter of the lights equals the space between them.

## How many lights are needed in a room calculator?

For example, a 100 square-foot living room, which needs 20 footcandles, will need 2,000 lumens. A 100 square-foot dining room, which needs 40 footcandles, will require 4,000 lumens.

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Room | Footcandles Needed |
---|---|

Bedroom |
10-20 |

Hallway | 5-10 |

Bathroom | 70-80 |

## Does recessed lighting have to be symmetrical?

If you use recessed lighting as task lighting, the general rule for symmetry is **if you have more than one light, they must be aligned evenly**. What is this? Small puck lights give you the choice of mounting recessed or surface. Their small size makes them perfect for specific tasks rather than general lighting.

## How do you calculate lighting for an area?

To estimate the number of lumens your space will need, just **multiply the square footage of your room by the number of foot-candles required for the space**. For example, for a bathroom that is 64 square feet with a foot-candles range of 70-80, you’ll need from 70×64 to 80×64 lumens, or 4480 – 5120 lumens.

## How do you calculate the number of light?

**To calculate this result:**

- Compute the area of the room: area = 4 m × 5 m = 20 m²
- Choose the right amount of lux you need. For a studio, the recommended value is 323 lx .
- Find the result using the formula: lux = lumens × area = 323 lx × 20 m² = 6,460 lm.

## How do I calculate how many ceiling lights I need?

Formula: **total sq.** **footage x 1.5 = total wattage needed.** **Total wattage divided by 60 watts (or whichever wattage you select) = total amount of recessed can lights**. Example: 240 square foot room x 1.5 = 360 divided by 60 (the bulb wattage I’d like to use) = 6 recessed lights needed.