Professional remodeler Jeff Ostroff shares his best practices for installing recessed LED lights in the kitchen ceiling in order to avoid harsh shadows.
Instead of using standard kitchen lighting that requires large recessed cans, Ostroff uses a newer type of surface mount wafer LED light that connects to a small square can that clips into holes in the drywall. This saves space as well as avoids the cost of the recessed can and its installation, Ostroff says.
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The recessed lights Ostroff uses have a “big down pattern,” meaning each light’s area spreads as it moves further from the bulb. If the lightbulb’s position is too close to the cabinet, he says it will hit the countertop below and cast harsh shadows. Because of this, he recommends installing lights 36 inches from the wall and 24 inches away from the cabinets, which is double the 12-inch measurement that builders frequently use. By moving the lights further forward to meet his 24-inch rule of thumb, builders can create more even countertop lighting.
With this spacing, Ostroff says the kitchen will accommodate four lights for a standard sized kitchen and six lights for a large one.
Watch the video to learn more and see examples of good and bad lighting installations.