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installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 27, 2019 10:39AM
I'd like to have a well lit basement and thin led down lights seem like a good potential solution to the problem. Any good advice / resources for determining the best configuration for an array of such lights? I've found a couple of resources online but thought it might be good to check with my forum friends to see if there's any sage advice.



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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 27, 2019 10:50AM
Are you talking recessed can lights or tracks?





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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 27, 2019 11:11AM
Recessed, but with led it’s more of a 6” round panel



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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: Carm
Date: November 27, 2019 11:37AM
Use vs centering! Kitchen has a lot (6) . Hallway has 3. Kitchen lights are spaced 4 feet apart 3 on each side centered perfectly. Hallway spaced 9 feet apart with the two outer ones centered with the side walls.
Before you start making holes, if you have drywall/Sheetrock get a stud finder and tape to mark potential locations.



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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 27, 2019 11:39AM
One data point - we have 4 “60 watt” recessed LEDs (bulbs in cans that used to contain incandescent) in our sitting room which is about 14 x 14. It’s not bright - more like warm and cozy at night.

BTW, the 4 are arranged in a diamond/square pattern near the center of the room, with each light being the corner of a 2.5’ square.
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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: davester
Date: November 27, 2019 11:49AM
It depends substantially on the beam angle of the light fixture, which can vary substantially. Downlights in particular often have a very narrow beam angle due to the shadow cast by the edge of the fixture. For most basement, garage or other utility applications my opinion is that it's better to have a surface mount fixture that can shine light sideways as well as downwards so that you can illuminate a much larger area with far fewer fixtures. I would only use a recessed can in such a situation if there was an overhead clearance issue.



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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 27, 2019 12:00PM
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mattkime
Recessed, but with led it’s more of a 6” round panel

Ah.
In our living room our cans are about 6’ apart one way and about 8’ the other way. Ours are not LED, so the LED ones would probs put out even more light.





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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 27, 2019 12:08PM
>It depends substantially on the beam angle of the light fixture,

as they're led panel style, its a very wide beam although I'll need to navigate support beams. THe support beams might restrict the beam angle but I could always mount the fixture a bit lower to help negate that.



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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 27, 2019 12:26PM
me, I like it bright. Ours are "90wt" cans and they're 3' apart.
But don't think I'd put 'em any tighter even with lesser "wattage".
Look kinda fugly.



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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: John B.
Date: November 27, 2019 12:32PM
I have (6) of the wafer-style LEDs covering a 18'x12' basement room and it's plenty bright (I have them on a dimmer switch). If you're using the wafers, mount the light fixture to the bottom of the beam and the "box" up inside the beam.

This is the model I used and they are mounted in a suspended ceiling.
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Re: installing down lights - any advice on spacing?
Posted by: wolfcry911
Date: November 28, 2019 12:38PM
what are the dimensions of the room?
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