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Perfect Recessed Lighting Placement in Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house, yet kitchens are almost always poorly lit. If you want to give your kitchen a fresh, updated look, a cost-effective way to brighten your space is to replace your traditional lighting fixtures with recessed lighting in your kitchen.

If you are planning to install pot lights, it is important to develop a blueprint first to make sure you have the proper placement of your recessed lighting in your kitchen. While the can lights might look illumination throughout your room.

How to Place Recessed Lighting in Your Kitchen

Factors to consider when planning the proper placement of recessed lighting in your kitchen includes the ceiling height, room length and width, cabinet style and placement, and size of your pot lights and available electric wattage. Here are some tips to help you develop the perfect recessed lighting layout for kitchen:

Size of Kitchen

The standard calculation for measuring recessed lighting placement is: length x width x 1.5 = wattage. The size of your room will influence the type of pot lights you choose. Bigger recessed lights work better on higher ceilings because they produce more light. You will also install a few pot lights if they require higher wattage light bulbs compared to lower watt bulbs. Measure your room’s dimensions to calculate the number of lights you will need.

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Cabinets and Light Spacing

The lighting distance from the cabinets often causes confusion even with professional installation technicians. The lights should be placed 45.76 centimetres (18 inches) from the cabinet top to prevent shadowing.

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Countertops and Work Areas

This is another area that often confuses even the most expert installers. When you are working at your counter, you will want lighting that illuminates your kitchen surface to provide ample brightness. Placing the lighting too far from the wall will create shadows and darkened areas. Recessed lights mounted directly above the edge of the countertop will brighten your work area. Countertops average 61 centimetres (24 inches) in width. Mounting your pot lights 61 centimetres from your wall will definitely improve the brightness of your counter.

Type of Recessed Lights

Pot lights come in different styles. Some have mirrored trims to maximize the brightness in your room while others have ribbed trims to limit the illumination. Some pot lights have adjustable lighting so you can control where you want to illuminate your room. The type of recessed lighting kit you buy will play a role in where the lights are placed.

Recessed light placement in your kitchen will add to the charm and functionality of the room. Simple calculations and planning will ensure pot light installation in your kitchen is done right.

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If you are in need of a professional opinion on recessed lights installation in your kitchen, contact a pot light technician.

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