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Lighting Planning: How to Make Recessed Lighting Work Well in Your House

Recessed Lighting (also known as can lights or downlights) is a big part of building balanced lighting for our household. They are getting more and more popular for its space-saving and energy-conserved function, especially the LED recessed lights. Well-placed recessed lighting can highlight a room's best feature or help us focus on the task at hand. Read on for some tips which may help you get the jod done.
Examine the location and total wattage. Whether you are installing or replacing your existing recessed lights, the first thing you have to do is to check out the locations and find out the amounts of light you need. Which lighting goes where, which zones should be highlighted or thrown ambient lighting...There a general formula for you to examine the wattage of light suitable for the room – multiply the height of the ceiling by 4, which will give you the area in square feet that one recessed light will cover. For example, if the height is of 8 feet, you will need a recessed light for every 32 square feet.
Determine the number of fixtures. Once you have the total number of watts you'll need, divide it by the wattage of the bulb you'd like to use. This will give you the total number of recessed fixtures you'll need in that space. For example: If your room needs 400 watts of total light, and you want to use 50-watt bulbs (the average wattage), eight or nine bulbs would light the space sufficiently.
Employ a dimmer-control system. Dimmer switches are a flexible and practical way to help control how much light is being used, saving energy and helping bulbs last longer.
Choose appropriate color temperature. It will depends on the different area that performs different function. For instance, if you want to install recessed light over the worktop for task lighting, go with cool white bulbs which can provide brighter illumination. If you want something a little less yellow to create a soft, warm ambience, 3000K is a great color temperature, a little less warm than a classic warm white light bulb and 3500K can still tone down a yellowish paint without looking too sallow.
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