Deciding the Layout of LED Recessed Downlights

Polar Ray Admin

If you love subtlety over brazenness, then recessed downlights are the best way to light up your home. It is both unobtrusive and modern. This is especially suited for people who love minimalism. Recessed downlights make excellent ambient lighting.

Before you make the leap to recessed lighting, you must consider a number of factors like the area of the room, ceiling height, use of that room, and any area within that room which requires special focus. Once you get the answer to such questions then only you can proceed.

Number of Downlights

A standard rule exists for selecting the quantity of downlights needed for any residence. To find out, first measure the room's square foot area. You can do this by multiplying the depth to width. Take the result and multiply it by 1.5. A guideline will be established for total wattage needed to illuminate the space. After you calculate the result, then you can pick the bulb along with the wattage you wish to use. Divide the previously calculated total wattage picture by the intended bulb wattage. This will provide you the needed number of fixtures. Do understand this number is a rough estimate. A professional electrician can make a much better estimate. It could also vary on your personal preference. The tone to be created in that specific room also influences the number of lights.


The recessed downlights should be positioned about two feet distant from the wall edge to the ceiling as starting point. Shadows should not be created in any way. The balanced look can be achieved by distributing the downlights evenly across the room. To make this happen, divide height of ceiling by two. The result will be the space you need between each downlight.


It is good to select downlights that could be dimmed. The light can then be played with as per your mood. In case your house layout is open plan, use the dimmer switches to control different zones. This will offer you extra flexibility.  Use a downlight for task lighting. The downlight should have a narrow angle of beam.

Height of the ceiling

The light from recessed fitting is shone in downward direction whence it makes a conical shape. These light cones must be a minimum of 30 inches from the floor. If the ceiling is at a greater height, lights will cross at higher heights, resulting in much brighter wattages.