If you are planning on using can lights in your home, there are a few style tips that you should check out before going shopping. Canned lighting is a great way to add either spot or full lights to the home, but when it’s not done properly it looks really bad. Luckily, the steps to making sure that it looks good are very easy, and in this post I want to share some of these tips with you so that you can love your new lights for as long as you live in your home.
The biggest problem that people run into is the spacing of the lights. The rule of thumb is very simple; for every inch the light is in diameter, put it a foot apart. For example, six inch can lights get installed six feet apart. This is very easy to stick to, and makes sure that your light isn’t too harsh from them being too close, as well as avoids creating dark spots form them being installed too far apart.
Another thing to avoid is long, parallel lines of lights. This creates the feeling of an airport runway on your ceiling, and it is definitely not stylish! Avoid this like the plague in long hallways and narrow rooms!
If you are planning on highlighting something special on the wall, like a large picture or piece of art, center the light fixture on the piece, then install it 12 to 18 inches away from the wall. Go to 18 inches if it’s a fairly large piece of art, and 12 if it’s small. For art that takes up more than 6 or 7 feet on the wall, you may want to consider adding two light fixtures.
Using the three style tips in this post will make sure that your recessed can lights provide the light that they need to, while looking great.