Back to Basics: Recessed Lighting

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Recessed lighting plays a key role in the functionality and design of your living space. From number of fixtures to positioning and placement, design your room for beautiful illumination with recessed lighting.

If you’re considering installing recessed lighting, here are some quick tips to follow:

  • Avoid placing recessed lighting fixtures close together or in rows down the center of the room. This type of installation can create an unwanted commercialized effect, rather than a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  • Consider the size of your recessed fixtures to determine appropriate spacing. A common rule is that 4-inch fixtures should generally be placed at least 4 feet apart and 6-inch fixtures about 6 feet apart.

  • Center recessed lighting fixtures in front of objects you would like to light. This could include a painting, bookshelf, or drapery panels. Generally speaking, 12 to 18 inches in front of that object is ideal.
  • Consider lighting statement pieces from different angles. These objects can include a fireplace, sculpture, or flower arrangement.
  • Use wall-washing recessed lighting fixtures around the perimeter of a small room to help “push” the walls out and make the space feel larger.

  • The basic sizes of recessed fixtures are  4-, 5-, or 6-inches in diameter. Use 6-inch fixtures for tall entryways or two-story hallways, and the smaller 4-inch sizes for smaller spaces since they have a sleeker, contemporary look with minimal intrusion.

As always, we recommend a layered lighting approach when lighting your space. Consider pairing recessed fixtures with other sources like pendants, chandeliers and sconces to account for general, ambient and task illumination.

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