Recessed lighting in Northern Kentucky can make a huge difference in the look and function of your kitchen or living room. When you choose recessed lighting it is a good idea to decide beforehand what is most important to you, looks or function? Having all the lights line up or form a pattern may look neat on the ceiling but not really provide the light you were hoping for. Your electrician in Northern Kentucky can help you design your lighting to look and function well.
Recessed Lights in the Kitchen
As a rule of thumb, for homes with 8’ or 9’ ceilings, you should space the recessed lights every 5 or 6 feet apart for standard 6” recessed cans. This can be a challenge if you are working towards centering them with your upper cabinets. It is usually better to have them closer than further apart.
You should have recessed lights centered on both sides of the range. Also a recessed light centered at the sink area. This light is often placed on a separate switch so you can use it to do the dishes without lighting up the whole kitchen. All remaining recessed lights should be centered with the upper cabinets and be around 5-6 feet apart and 24” -27” inches from the wall, depending on how deep the cabinets are.
The most important thing to remember is to center between 2 double cabinets and center between the cabinet door, of a single cabinet. You also want to make sure the light hits the area on the counter where you need it and not your back or the back of your head.
Recessed Lights In the Living Room
Following the same rules, you will want to start out with recessed lighting on either side of a fireplace or entertainment center. You may also want to have recessed lighting in places that you need extra light such as over a writing desk or to highlight a focal point in a corner.
Vaulted ceilings can also be tricky because you will want to make sure you align them to get the best use of the light. Special recessed lights can help.
Choosing Light Bulbs
Which light bulbs you choose will determine the look of your Northern Kentucky recessed Lights. If you use regular incandescent light bulbs you will have a yellow, warm feel. Adding florescent light bulbs will give you a whiter look and can cost less to run. Halogen lights are also whiter and brighter but you have an option to put them on a dimmer so that you can control how bright they are.
Installing Recessed Lights in Northern Kentucky
It is important when you choose your recessed lights to make sure that you pick lights with the right IC Rating if they are near your insulation. Air Lock Rated recessed cans will also prevent air from escaping and help with energy efficiency. Recessed lights also come in a variety of styles to choose from.
Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will be happy to help you with your recessed lighting in Northern Kentucky. We have decades of experience installing recessed lighting and helping homeowners take advantage of the many different lighting options there are. We will be happy to work with you to get the look and feel you want. When you are thinking about adding recessed lights in Northern Kentucky, call the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.