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Old 11-27-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Recessed Lighting Shadow Problem


Our 20 year old home has a 6" recessed light in front of the fireplace. The position of the light casts a dreadful shadow on about half of the area below the mantel. The problem is at its worst when only the recessed light is on. Repositioning the moveable light ball does not help. Is there a newer replacement recessed light that I can have installed that will solve this problem? Or is there another solution.

Note: When the four lights on the fan are "on" the shadow is much less severe but we prefer to use just the recessed light.

The attached photoshopped image may help illustrate the issue. I circled the recessed light fixture. The room is also brighter because of the flash and natural light.


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have you tried a dimmer switch?
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Unless you change the position of the light or the mantle I don't see how you would expect to eliminate the shadow. A dimmer would make the shadow lees visible.
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have you tried a dimmer switch?
The recessed light has a dimmer switch yet makes no difference except the overall light is dimmer.
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Would a new fixture with a larger degree of tilt help? See attached: http://www.lowes.com/pd_549132-38269...7C1&facetInfo=
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You have an arrow pointing to the light but you can not even see it because it's to close to the fan.
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Why don't you put some LED stripe lighting under the mantle ?
Problem solved !

Otherwise you have to move the position of the downlight.
But unless its a long way out, the mantle will always cast some shadow.
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Why don't you put some LED stripe lighting under the mantle ?
Problem solved !

Otherwise you have to move the position of the downlight.
But unless its a long way out, the mantle will always cast some shadow.
Thank you for your suggestion. Will give it a try. Actually, the recessed light is too close.
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I'd be inclined to say move the light. Possibly changing out to more than one, in a smaller size, with a different style of baffle. Patching drywall and repainting isn't all that difficult for a pro, and that's a pretty quick kind of job.
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