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Old 05-24-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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Halo 3" recessed lights

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I was hoping to get some advice on a house I just bought. I am going to be removing the popcorn ceiling and replacing it with knockdown texture. I have a living room 12X14 that currently has a ceiling fan in the center and track lighting above the couch.

I want to install the halo 3" cans H38ICAT. Will 7 be enough? 50 watt bulbs

3 along the hall entrance
2 on eith side of the fan
2 at the other end.

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Old 05-24-2009, 02:16 PM   #2
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The number of lights is always a tough question. Besides the square footage there is also ceiling height and wall covering/paint color. There is no set formula. If you put in too few lights you will be more unhappy than if you put in more. If more then you can use the dimmer. If less then with those small cans you can't use bigger bulbs.

I would go with bigger (at least 5") and more cans.

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Thank Bob, These lights are not cheap once you add in everything. I like the look of the small 3", I will definitely add a few more. thanks
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I'd install them as originally outlined. If that isn't enough, then you can add more between the fixtures.
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