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Spacing for recessed lighting in a basement

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Posted by: from Waterdown
2/13/2017 at 12:39:04 PM

What is the recommended spacing for recessed lighting in a basement? Planning on 4 inch LED lights (450 lumens). The ceiling to floor measurement is 7ft 10in.

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Date/Time2/13/2017 at 2:06:40 PM

Hey Mark,

It's not that easy to answer that question no basement are the same but a good rule is that a 4 inch pot light will cover about 4 feet of light on the floor so for not yo have a ton of dark spots on the floor you should stick to a 4 foot spacing.

Good luck Mark!

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Date/Time2/13/2017 at 2:10:19 PM

Hi Mark,

A good rule of thumb you can go by is to take your height and divide that by 2.

So for 8 foot ceilings space your pot lights apart 4 feet.

10 foot ceilings, 5 feet etc.

4 feet apart will work just fine for your needs.

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Tim from Handy MTL in Montreal
Date/Time2/13/2017 at 3:24:30 PM

I've always installed potlights between 4 and 5 feet.

In a basement, if you have lower ceilings, maybe try to stay closer to 4 ft.

Especially with those LEDs being only 450 lumens.

Good luck!

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Date/Time2/13/2017 at 4:32:45 PM

Hey Mark,

Just be aware you can plan and plan and plan but when you put the tape messurge on it won't work. There is always a joist or heating duct or something in the way for the perfect layout, so add instead of taking out when you divide lineal layout.

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Date/Time2/13/2017 at 5:41:51 PM

Hi there!

Thanks for your question!

Before I am able to provide you with an answer I will need to have a bit more info from you:

A) What type of bulb is it in the fixture?

B) Is it Recessed pot or flush?

C) Is there a housing?

Since all of these play a factor, if you are able to give me these details, I can answer your question more precisely.

Thank you!

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