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Wattage for kitchen recessed lighting

Posted by pearl2007 (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 28, 09 at 8:05

For the recessed lighting that's located over the countertops.....
I need to pick out the recessed light housings.... and the maximum wattage
has to do with what housings are chosen. I'm trying to figure what wattage will be best.

From your experience, would you think 50 watts per housing is adequate.... or would 75 watts be better. The housings are spaced about 40 inches apart. The room has 9 foot ceilings. The fixtures will be on dimmers.

Thank you for your suggestions.


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RE: Wattage for kitchen recessed lighting

Have you considered using led lights simply because dichroic lamps like the ones youre thinking of get really hot and always burn out. If youre fitting from scratch you can retrofit or get entirely new pods. I use LED spot warm white in my kitchen and they are about 9watts each...the light spread is about right because I picked a wide angled beam.

Here is a link that might be useful: LED strip


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RE: Wattage for kitchen recessed lighting

The answer to your questions depends on the dimaeter and type of fixture you are using? Is it low or line voltage? Will the ceiling be insulated?

Recessed lighting is usually spaced on a 16" module so 40" is odd since it would probably put a light on a joist or strapping.


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