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Old 09-16-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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I am planning on installing recess lights in a living room. The room is 14x24, 8 ft high ceilings. What would you recommend as the number of cans and the watts to use to make the room look nicely lit. Since this is a formal living room it does not have to be super bright, but we generally like it to be bright enough.

My thinking is either 6 or 8. Do you think I should run a circuit all the way to the panel just for these lights? I am closing on the house so I do not know the electrical set up just yet.


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I think 6 would be fine but if you want 8 thats ok I would go with fluorescent FLOOD LIGHTS about 15 watts put out very good light little slow starting but get very bright customer was very happy with them.I put 6 in about the same size room. Maybe someone else will have a different opinion so better see what others say Scuba Dave is good with this. Here is a site on fluorescent FLOOD LIGHTS they cost alot more but last long time and alot less money in the long run. http://www.buylighting.com/Compact-F...ghts-s/114.htm 11 Lights down on page par 30 but check what cans call for.If you use fluorescent FLOOD LIGHTS you shoudnt need a separate circuit.


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Thanks for your thoughts. Also, I have a question about hole saw. I bought the cans at lowes 6'. I remember installing them 2 years ago and then required a 6 1/4 inch hole saw, which I could not find anywhere so I have to use a saw zaw to cut through the ceiling. The cans are not Halo, but the other brand that Lowes carries.

What hole saw do you use for the 6 inch cans?
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The cans should come with a Template, Some have a peel and stick others have a hole in the center (small hole) just use a drywall screw to put where you want it and trace it out .Make sure there is nothing in the way when you go to cut them in i just use a drywall saw.You could put all the templates up so you can see what they will look like before you cut the holes out.
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So far I have recessed cans in my kitchen & sunroom
In the kitchen I only have 4" cans with 13w CFLs
Kitchen is smaller & I didn't want large cans
Plus after $15 instant rebate they were only a few dollars
I bought about 15 of then all together

The sunroom is about 16x16 & I have (3) 4" cans along the outside wall
Currently I have (3) 9w CFL's installed
These will light the dining room table that will be there
In the vaulted ceiling I have (2) 6" cans, currently with 13w CFLs
The center box (with wire loop) is for a ceiling fan which will not have a light

Directly along the left side of the picture will be 7'x3' counter with (3) additional 4" cans w/13w CFLs

I think 6 cans would be OK for the size of your room (they come in 6 paks ?)
I know the 5 cans I have light up my sunroom

As far as wattages to use that is best tested after installation
I like the 13w CFL - 60w equiv
Too much you can install 9w, too little jump up to 15w (75w equiv)
I very rarely use a 23w CFL (100w equiv) any where

There are also different "colors" to CFL bulbs
HD green paks are normal - 3000-3500K color
Next is the red pak - 4000-4500K (haven't tried these yet)
The the blue - Daylight = 5500K at HD & 6500K at Lowes (some think too harsh)
We prefer the 6500K when we need a room bright
Sunroom has all "normal" 3500K green pak bulbs from HD - softer light

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I did a mix of 4 and 6 inch cans in my dinning room and kitchen.Larger ones for the main walk areas and smaller around the cabinets in the kitchen.I put smaller above the dinning table and larger on the outer walls along with sconses(sp).One thing to look for is to make sure the are insulation rated some are not to be near insulation.They have many diff trim rings and bulbs for them though.A temp is a must for this though,I lost mine on the first set I put in and tried to free hand it dang what a mess that turned out to be.Later I marked a stight line and put small nails in where I wanted the lights then cut from above and it turned out much better. also put the small and larger on seperte switches so they could be used for different settings

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