Comments (73)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kellie_dyslin

Great article! We looked at recessed lights and had already decided to go with smaller (2 or 3”) vs larger, so it’s good to know we are on the right track. Can you say how many recessed lights per foot you recommend or is it not possible to give general guidance?

2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
David K Warfel at LightCanHelpYou.com

Kellie, it is hard to give general guidance because the lumen output and beam spread of each recessed light can be dramatically different. As a rule of thumb, however, I suggest centering a small downlight over every cabinet. This usually comes out to 24-36" apart.

2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
altadavey

The lights over my island are on a dimmer and, yes, I dim them often when entertaining! Brighter for prep/clean up, but lower for mood during the party.

2 Likes    

Related Stories

Bathroom Design Your Guide to Perfect Bathroom Vanity Lighting
Follow this lighting expert’s list of 9 do’s and don’ts to select the best light fixtures for your bathroom vanity
Full Story
Living Rooms How to Decorate a Living Room: 11 Designer Tips
Try a few of these living room design tips, and you’ll be on your way to creating a comfy space that reflects your style
Full Story
Kitchen Layouts 10 Common Kitchen-Layout Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Pros offer ways to dodge pitfalls that can keep you from having a stylish and efficient cooking space
Full Story
Most Popular 9 Gorgeous Sidewalk Garden Designs
These ideas for perimeter planting can boost your home’s curb appeal with more color, personality and seasonal interest
Full Story
Bathroom of the Week Bathroom of the Week: Wood Walls Warm Up an Eclectic Master Bath
An Atlanta designer tackles her most challenging remodel: her own master bathroom
Full Story
Kitchen Design 5 Trade-Offs to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen
A kitchen designer asks big-picture questions to help you decide where to invest and where to compromise in your remodel
Full Story
Lighting The 5 Layers of a Well-Lit Kitchen
Develop a layered lighting plan to help you create a functional, adaptable and illuminated kitchen
Full Story
Standard Measurements 10 Common Bathroom-Layout Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Experts offer ways to dodge pitfalls that can keep you from having a beautiful, well-functioning bathroom
Full Story
Remodeling Guides 32 Home Design Trends That Will Rule in 2019
Creamy cabinets, abstract kitchen islands, destination bathtubs, compact laundry hubs and more are in store for homes
Full Story