## How many recessed lights do you need per room?

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 you need per square foot?

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. This is an important rule to keep in mind when you are going to rely exclusively on recessed ceiling lights to illuminate your kitchen.

## How many can lights do I need for 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 much area does 6 recessed lights cover?

If a 6-inch light has a spacing criteria of 1.5 and the ceiling height is 8 feet, the maximum space between each light should be **12 feet**. This formula is critical for lighting a space because if the lights are too far apart, they will look like spotlights with big shadows between each other.

## What size recessed light for 8ft ceiling?

4″

In an 8′ ceiling, a **4″** fixture can work well to provide kitchen countertop lighting. A 6″ downlight at that height will illuminate your breakfast table nicely. In a 10′ ceiling, you might want 4″ fixtures for area lighting, since the light will spread out more. A 7″ fixture makes a nice wall washer in an 8′ ceiling.

## How do you calculate recessed lighting?

A good general rule for placement is to **divide the height of the ceiling by two**. The result is the amount of space to leave between each light. For example, recessed lighting spacing for an 8-foot-high ceiling would be 4 feet between each light. This will provide good spacing for general room lighting.

## 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 the amount of light needed in a room?

Multiply width of room x length of room x 1.5 = amount of total minimum wattage needed (assuming an eight foot ceiling). Divide by 60 to get the number of 60-watt equivalent bulbs required. Then, add up the wattage in each bulb in each fixture to figure out how many light fixtures are needed.

## How far should 4 inch recessed lights be from the wall?

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.

## What size recessed lights do I need?

**Choose one that will accommodate the height of your ceiling or the size of your wall**. 4-inch and 5-inch fixtures are great in kitchens for providing overhead countertop lighting. 6-inch fixtures are most common for general lighting purposes. 7- to 9-inch fixtures will create a wider wash of light.

## How many LED ceiling lights do I need?

A common rule of thumb is **one recessed light for every 4 to 6 feet of ceiling space**. Typically, fixtures should be placed 24 inches from a wall or cabinet with 2 to 5 feet of space between them.

## How do I calculate LED lights for a room?

**Multiply your room square footage by the footcandle requirement**. 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 need 4,000 lumens ^{2} (see PDF and complete footcandle index).

## How long should LED lights be for a room?

How Long Should LED Lights Be for a Room? If you’re adding LED strip lights or string lights, you can look for a standard 16 foot roll or a strip light that can be connected together to make a longer run. Most standard sized bedrooms are around **12 feet by 12 feet or even smaller**.

## How do you calculate LED downlights?

A general rule of thumb for spacing your downlights is to **take the height of your ceiling and divide by 2**. For example, if your ceiling is 8 feet high, then your downlights should be around 4 feet apart from each other.

## How far apart should LED downlights be placed?

As a rule of thumb, we suggest you **divide your ceiling height by 2** to give you the space required between each downlight. For example if your ceiling is 8 foot high, then position your lights 4 feet apart.

## Where should down lights be placed?

Additional Guidelines For LED Downlight Spacing

Place your recessed lights **around 2 feet from the edge of your walls at the base of your ceiling** to avoid creating shadows. Also, spread your downlights around the room for a balanced appearance. Lastly, avoid spacing your lights too close to any exhaust fans.

## Should you have downlights in bedroom?

The general rule of thumb is **1 downlight per 1.4m2 of coverage**, which is around 4 downlights for a standard bedroom. With respect to bedside lamps, there can be more than one on each side of your bed, whether on the wall or the headboard, or even the floor. Task lighting helps to get the most of a single area.

## Which lighting is best for bedrooms?

Knopfler says **warm or neutral white light temperature** creates a soothing but functional bedroom. Additionally, all lights should have the same or similar temperature to avoid clashing. She recommends a color temperature between 2,700 and 3,000K, the range often associated with incandescent bulbs.

## What lights should you have in bedroom?

**The 9 Best Lighting Picks for Your Bedroom**

- Recessed Fixtures. 1/9. Like any other room, a bedroom needs general lighting. …
- Sconces. 2/9. …
- Ceiling Fans. 3/9. …
- Table Lamps. 4/9. …
- Pendants. 5/9. …
- Portable Reading Lights. 6/9. …
- Standing Lamps. 7/9. …
- Rope Lighting. 8/9.