Re: Lighing placement and wiring Questions
Making a lighting plan is fairly easy. The first thing you want to do is find out how wide of a "light spot" the cans will cast 6 feet away (the height of your ceiling). You'll want to overlap the spots by 50% for even lighting. For example, if it casts a 10' diameter light spot, you should place the cans 5' apart. Consider how much of the wall you want washed in light to decide how close to the wall the cans should be.
That will ensure even lighting levels, avoiding dark spots within the central area of the room. Different light bulbs have different spread angles (from spot to flood), and the design of the can can affect it too.
To get a picture of what the lighting will be like, on your floor plan draw in the fixtures, then draw in the circles that the lamps will cast. Anywhere the circles do not overlap will be a dark spot.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.