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##### Asked by: Vanderlei Estalella

business and finance construction industry# How many recessed lights should I install?

**recessed**lighting youadd

**should**work with your existing fixtures. Measure yourroomto see

**how many**fixtures you will need. A common ruleofthumb is that you use one

**recessed light**for every 4 to6square feet of ceiling space. Doing so provides even,overallillumination.

Accordingly, how many can lights for a 12x12 room?

The typical rule-of-thumb is 24" from each wall, andthen3-5 feet between cans. So in a 12' **room** you'd probablywanttwo rows of **lights**. Considering it is a bedroom and youdon'tneed it as bright as a kitchen, you **can** probably getawaywith 2 rows of 4 **lights** for a total of 8.

**costs**involved with the

**installation**of pot

**lights**are:

**Installing**the

**lights**-$100 to $200 by an electrician. Wiring the

**lights**into theceiling - $70 to $140 per

**light**.Moving around any obstacles(heating ducts, joists, other wires) -$200 or more per

**light**.

Furthermore, how far apart should recessed lights be placed?

To determine **how far apart** to spaceyour**recessed lights**, divide the height of the ceiling bytwo. Ifa room has an 8 foot ceiling, you **should** spaceyour**recessed lights** approximately 4 feet **apart**. Iftheceiling is 10 feet, you'll want to put about 5 feet of spaceinbetween each fixture.

Avoid **recessed lighting** fixtures placed tooclosetogether or in rows down the center of the **room**. Thecommonrule is that 4-inch fixtures **should** generally beplaced atleast 4 feet apart and 6-inch fixtures about 6feetapart.