Here’s How To Map Out Your Recessed Lights (An Infographic)

You may have come across our most popular blog post of all time: “How To Layout Recessed Lighting in 4 Easy Steps.” It gives readers step-by-step instructions about how to create an ideal lighting scheme in any room by adding recessed cans. Recently, we were racking our brains about how to bring that information to you in an even more accessible way…

Then inspiration struck!

We’ll make an infographic about it. The business of mapping out your lights is so visual anyway, of course a solid visual aid would come in handy. Wouldn’t it be better if readers could seeĀ how to sketch out their rooms? If they could visualize how to space out their fixtures? Or observe different lighting configurations?

We thought so.

If you’re still in the dark about how to plan your recessed lights, get ready to learn. This infographic will teach you:

  • Where your lights should go on the ceiling.
  • How to create a focal point, or an even distribution of light.
  • The amount of space that should go between each light.
  • How to avoid unwanted, ugly shadows.

Recessed Lighting Layout Final

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Annie Josey

Annie Josey

Annie was the E-Commerce Marketing Specialist at Pegasus Lighting from June 2012 to October 2013. She has a background in English literature, and loves using language to help illuminate the world. So covering lighting news and tips naturally fit her interests. In her personal time she enjoys painting, biking, and reading.

  • http://google steve durso

    How far from the cabinets should you install ceiling cans ?

  • Jacob Swiger


    Our suggestion is to place the cans 3 feet from walls. This should give enough space so that cabinets are not cutting off task lighting for counter-tops.

  • Alan H

    When lights are above seating area (sofa) should they be directly above searing, slightly behind or slightly in front?

    • Jacob Swiger

      My suggestion is slightly behind, maybe a foot or two. If you put them slightly in front there is a potential for glare when looking toward a TV, for example. If you put them directly above, some light sources, e.g. PAR light bulbs, could be too intense or harsh for task lighting.

  • Edward

    Hello, I have a basement that is 15 x 23 and want to use 4 inch led can lights. How many would you recommend? Is it also a good idea to include 3 inch wash washing led can lights as well?

    • Jacob from Pegasus Lighting

      Edward, I would recommend following our guidelines above. Is there a focal point, e.g. a sitting area or task area, that you would want lighting directly over? What is the ceiling height? Whether it’s a good idea to use 3in wall wash cans as well depends on what your lighting goals are.

      • Edward

        Thanks for the info, I’ll check out the guidelines you sent. One additional question, what is the optimal distance needed between lights if I’m using the 4inch version for my main lighting?

        • Jacob from Pegasus Lighting

          Check out step number 3 in our guidelines – the Ceiling Height Rule. It depends on how tall your ceiling is.

  • gogogramma

    We have a off-center skylight in the kitchen. How far from the skylight should the recessed lights be? The room is not large (10′ x 10′), and the skylight (2′ x 4′) leaves 4′ of ceiling space on each of the narrow (2′) sides and a 4′ and a 2′ areas on the long (4′) ends. Awkward!! Thank you

    • Jacob from Pegasus Lighting

      In an ideal world I would simply recommend spacing the lights from the skylight using the ceiling height rule but it sounds like the space is too narrow. I am worried that you will end up having to place the lights to close to the walls because of the skylight. My advice is to space the recessed lights 2.5-3 ft from the walls to make sure shadows in the corners are not an issue.

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