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Optimizing Light: The Best Placements to Install Recessed Lighting

If you are building a kitchen extension and are considering recessed lights for your ceiling or walls, you've come to the right place. Having recessed lights installed has pros and cons. They need to be placed in the optimal locations to ensure that their purpose is fulfilled in the best way possible; otherwise, there’s no reason to even use them.

Recessed lights have a very specific purpose, unlike lights used for ambience or accent. Planning out the installation of recessed lights in your household is essential in ensuring the best placement and radius of light coverage.

In some cases, the installation of recessed lights also serves a functional purpose if ceilings are quite low and the use of pendants is not recommended. It can also make a space appear larger and as such installing recessed lights can also increase the value of your home.

Here are some tips on the best placements to install recessed lighting to get you started.

  1. Positioning Recessed Lights: In Front, Not Behind

  2. Lighting for 3D Objects

  3. Avoid the Airport Runway Effect

  4. Use Recessed Lights as Task Lights

  5. Overhead Placement of Recessed Lights

  6. Multi-Directional Recessed Lights

  7. Recessed Lights for Home Theatres


1. Positioning Recessed Lights: In Front, Not Behind