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Old 01-01-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Pot Lights in Kitchen

I'm installing pot lights in my kitchen which is 8X11 (approx.). I've bought a package of 6, 50w recessed cans...is this enough? How do I know how many I need?
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I expect that this is going to be tough to answer. I have a space about 13x13, and it has six recessed lights, 60w each. They put out pretty good task light, but we also have some undercabinet lighting to suppliment it.

It all depends on what you are trying to do with it, and how much workspace you have and the kinds of tasks you intend to do and the look you are trying to achieve.

I would also consider whether dimmers would be useful for you. I find that there are many times that full brightness is too much.
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The 4" might be fine as a light source directly above the countertop, but I would not try to light the room with them.
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most general lighting for recessed cans typical I use 6 inch cans { the most common size } unless specficed by the owner that required smaller cans like above the countertop or sink you get smaller verison.

The reason with 6 inch cans you have capcity to install slightly higher wattage bulb{ up to 90 watts depending on trim and housing type } in there with 4 inch cans you are limited to 50 watts max

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In my 11x13 kitchen I have 6 - 6inch recessed lights on a dimmer plus 2 - 4inch lights over the sink and under cabinet lights (about 25 ft) and I put those on a dimmer too.

The 6" lights alone light the room, but aren't good for task lighting. The under cabinet lights -- those are the bees knees! I wouldn't want to be without them!
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