Return to the Lighting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

two ceiling lights in small entry?

Posted by SusanCF (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 30, 12 at 19:15

We are remodeling and have enclosed an existing front porch to become a front entry to our home. The new entry space is 6 1/2 feet deep by 13 feet wide. The two doorways (from the front yard and into the living ) are at the right side of the entry.

Our architect designed this space with a single, centered, ceiling light. I was thinking that it would look better with two lights, each about 40" from its side wall. My thinking is that there would then be illumination (almost) directly both over the person entering or leaving, and also at the farther end of the space, where we will likely have plants or a decorative feature.

Whether we have one light or two, we are planning to have only one switch, with a dimmer.

Any comments? The architect says two lights may look crowded in this small area. I am thinking that two recessed lights would be less obtrusive than a single ceiling mounted fixture and that the light distribution will be better,but that's just a gut feeling. My husband is ducking out of this :-) and will go with what I recommend.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: two ceiling lights in small entry?

Assuming that the lighting requirement is 20 lumens per sq ft, The area would need ~ 1700 lumens (rounded up from 1690).

Based on that number and assuming the use of either a Cree CR4 or CR6 (max advertised output of 575 lumens), you're looking at 3 to 4 cans since the dimmer will likely shave off 5% (~546 lumens).

RE: two ceiling lights in small entry?

Thanks for the reply. After talking to the contractor, we decided to go with two ceiling mounted but not recessed lights, to get a better spread of the light. We'll just have to choose very low-profile fixtures to avoid that crowded look.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Lighting Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here