Recessed Lighting Family Room Layout Advice!

yazkFebruary 2, 2011

Hi there,

I am installing recessed lighting in our family room (18' x 14', 8ft high).

I have looked around for what size and quantity I should install but recommendations vary. My "gut feel" is shown below in the diagram. 2 x 4" lights in front of the fireplace and 4 x 5" lights for general lighting.

Do you think this will be sufficient? We do have a couple of floor lamps that we use next to the chairs for ambience.

I know the layout isn't optimal for the TV, but that's all we could find that will work!

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Because recessed lights don't have any indirect component (reflected off the ceiling), you need many more of them than you do of other fixture types. This raises the cost of installation and energy use. I consider them a poor choice for general lighting.

If you have your heart set on them, I'd guess that you'll probably need about twice as many as you have shown here.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 8:33PM
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Must politely disagree with davidr. I had recessed lighting in my large basement rec/family room in my previous home and it did a wonderful job keeping the room well lit. I think your plan looks pretty good, but it would be enhanced to also have lamps on side tables that would give you lower light when someone is just sitting and reading, or when you have a fire going and want softer, lower light. You can achieve this with wall sconces, too, but lamps give you more flexiblity and I prefer to leave the walls for art.

The one thought I had on your layout is that it is not so good for people sitting and talking to each other as you are all awfully far away from each other! Perhaps moving the TV to the wall opposite the windows and the sofa to the TV spot and then bring the sofas inward off the walls a bit to create a cozier feel. The chairs could then also be moved around to face the TV if needed.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2011 at 10:59AM
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