HOW MANY RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS WILL I NEED?
The first thing to say here is that this is largely a matter of personal preference and there are not any hard and fast rules. However we can offer some general guidance that may help you decide how many down lights you will need and where to position them.
As a first step you will need to calculate the amount of light needed in your room. Do this by following the formula explained in our earlier question -simply click the following link to this question https://www.lightingcompany.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions-i40
Once you have done this, you can then calculate the minimum number of down lights that you will need - for example if you have calculated that your room need 500 watts of light, then you will need a minimum of 10 x 50 watt halogen down lights. As down lights provide directional light only, we would recommend using more than the minimum number. This is particularly important in a kitchen where you will need a good level of light. Also take into consideration any other lights you have in the room - under cabinet lights, table lamps, floor lamps etc. It may also be worth having some of the down lights switched separately so you can create different lighting effects - for example, if you have the down lights over your kitchen work tops on a separate switch to the ones in the centre of the room you can create good task lighting for food preparation and mood lighting at other times. If you are able to dim your down lights this will extend the effects you can achieve.
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