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Lighting diagram help

Posted by Whit461 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 10:56

Hopefully the pictures come out. There are 2 options right now for lighting in our remodel kitchen. Dims are 13x14, no uppers in the U shaped kitchen, and tall cabinets along the one wall. 3 large windows on the sink wall. We are planning on using mostly CR6 bulbs, the Ecosmart screw in trim/bulb combo into Halo 6"E housing (H71CT). Option 1 has 11 cans basically on 3 foot spacing, while option 2 has only 8 cans on 4 foot spacing. In the 2nd, there would be less lights by the range, though we will have a range hood with lights.

Help with thoughts. Thanks.

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RE: Lighting diagram help

Hi whit, I believe you asked me about lighting on another thread. My high hats were there already from my previous kitchen. But my husband does electrical, so I will ask him. Is your question should there be 3 or 4 feet spacing between cans? I know he always says the more light the better, esp. in a kitchen!

RE: Lighting diagram help

Hi Michelle. No worries. At ~$50/light, I don't want to make it look like an airport runway. I want a balanced flood of light in the kitchen, on the workspaces. Is #1 too many? #2 too few? Should there be something in the middle?

RE: Lighting diagram help

The ceiling height will have a great deal to do with the size and placement of recessed lights. You also want to be sure that you spec ICAT (Insulation Contact Air Tight) Otherwise, you're putting too much heat into your attic space and it will cause a lot of problems with mixing conditioned and unconditioned air.

RE: Lighting diagram help

Of course. Ceilings are 9'. There is a 2nd floor above the ceiling, not an attic. And there is no insulation between floors (we live in FL). Joists are 10", so plenty of space for a 6" can. We are tearing down old ceiling because of wiring issues (k&t),so we will have new ceiling to work with. Also, though there is always heat, using LED lighting should dramatically reduce that?

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