Is it possible to recess light in a beam?

LRy511March 12, 2011

I am renovating my kitchen. The obtrusive beam hanging in the kitchen will be recessed into the ceiling, however, this impacts the lighting. My sink will be moved down about 6 inches. The recessed light will need to be moved over. I would like to center it between the other two lights, but the recessed beam may be in the way. Thanks for your help.

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roadbike

Need more information. You say the beam will be recessed into the ceiling. Is the ceiling coming down or the beam going up? Is what is shown in the picture a wood beam, a decorative wood box or a wood box surrounding a metal beam. If it's the latter you will be limited by how far above the ceiling the beam ends up.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 10:00AM
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LRy511

The beam will be going up into the ceiling. We took a peek inside from what we can tell from a two inch hole is the beam is wood and not metal and it is not decorative but holding up my sons bedroom.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 10:18AM
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brickeyee

It is likely to be a major task to cut into that beam enough to fit a can light.

It would likely be far easier to move the other lights slightly to get an even spacing.

Or you could just remove them and put a better fixture up for area lighting.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 11:03AM
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roadbike

Then you don't want to make a hole in the beam big enough to fit a can and allow for proper ventilation. Rearranging the other recessed lights or going to pendants and flush mounts are your best choices.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 12:02PM
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