Return to the Lighting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

over sink recessed can

Posted by cakie (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 6, 10 at 12:26

Is a 50 watt GU10 3" recessed can sufficient for over sink lighting? We have fluorescent under cabinet fixtures. I am afraid that 50 watts is not very much light.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: over sink recessed can

i, personally, would want a higher wattage over my sink....

RE: over sink recessed can

I have read your question and will do my best to assist you. To start I have a few questions. What is your existing kitchen light levels? Bright, Ok, or Dim. The brighter your kitchen is the less light you will need over the sink. If you are happy with the general lighting levels in your kitchen than I think 50W of light would be adequate. If your kitchen is dim I would recommend installing a light fixture that could accept a 75 watt. The problem is most 3 and 4 inch recessed cans have a max rating of 50watts. You might need to increase the size to 5" before you are able to install a 75watt bulb. My second question is how tall is the ceiling over the sink. If the ceiling is less than 9 ft I would say the 50watt fixture would work. If the ceiling is over 9ft I would recommend using a 75watt fixture. Another recommendation is to install a wide spot or narrow flood bulb into the recessed fixture. (if you have the option) If you install a spot type light bulb it will help direct the light straight down and focus it on the sink area. I hope that this info will Help you with your recessed can light installation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Recessed Can Light

 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