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How to Place Recessed Lights in Your Living Room for Optimal Lighting

recessed lights in living room

The living room is one of the most important rooms in a house. It’s where you relax after a long day, watch TV, and spend time with family and friends.

So it’s important that your living room be well lit. One way to achieve optimal lighting is by installing recessed lights. Recessed lights are installed in the ceiling and provide a subtle, yet effective, way to light up a room.

But before you start placing recessed lights willy-nilly, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to place recessed lights in your living room for optimal lighting. We’ll also share some tricks on how to get the most out of your recessed lights.

Take into account the size of your living room

The first thing you should take into consideration when placing recessed lights is the size of your living room.

If your living room is on the small side, you won’t need as many recessed lights as you would if it were larger. A good rule of thumb is to install one recessed light for every 50 square feet. So, if your living room is 500 square feet, you would need 10 recessed lights.

TIP: We have an article all about how many recessed lights you need to effectively light up your space here. Check it out!

Determine the placement of your furniture

The next thing you need to do is determine the placement of your furniture. This will help you determine where to place your recessed lights.

You want to avoid placing recessed lights directly above furniture, as this can create a glare. Instead, try to place them in the middle of the room or off to the sides.

To get the most out of your recessed lights, you’ll want to place them about 2 feet away from the walls. This will help spread the light evenly throughout the room.

Consider the height of your ceilings

The height of your ceilings will also play a role in where you place your recessed lights.

If you have high ceilings, you’ll want to place your recessed lights closer to the ceiling. This will help prevent them from being direct and creating a glare.

If you have lower ceilings, you can place your recessed lights closer to the floor. Just be sure not to place them too close to the floor, as this can create a shadow.

Use a mixture of light bulbs

When it comes to recessed lights, you have a few different options when it comes to light bulbs. You can use incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, or LED bulbs.

We recommend using a mixture of all three. This will give you the most options when it comes to lighting up your living room.

Install a dimmer switch

One of the main attractions people have about recessed lights are that they can be dimmed. 

This means you can create the perfect ambiance for any occasion.

Whether you’re hosting a party or just relaxing on the couch, you can adjust the light to fit your needs. To do this, you’ll need to install a dimmer switch.

Add more recessed lights if needed

If after following all of these tips you find that your living room is still not as well-lit as you’d like, you can always add more recessed lights.

Just be sure not to go overboard, as too many recessed lights can make your living room look imposing!

The bottom line

By following these tips, you can have confidence in choosing the right placement for your recessed lights in your living room. 

Just be sure to take into consideration the size of your room, the placement of your furniture, and the height of your ceilings. And don’t forget to use a mixture of light bulbs and install a dimmer switch! 

If you do all of this, you’ll be sure to have a well-lit living room that’s perfect for any occasion.

Ready to buy your recessed lights?

If you’re after the perfect recessed light for your living room, check out our Recessed LED Ceiling Light. We have a wide variety of sizes to choose from, as well as some gorgeous colour options, so you’re sure to find the perfect ones for your home.