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Something to remember when you are planning this out is something called work plane. This is an area about 30" above floor. It is an area where most tasks take place.
The work plane is important because as distance between light fixture and surface to be lit decreases, so does that circle we spoke about. In a living room or den, designing lighting plan so that we have even light on floor is fine. In a kitchen though, this work plane becomes far more critical. This is why in a kitchen, keeping recessed lights about 4 feet apart, creates a pattern that is even on work plane with intense portion of circle.
There are some other things besides bulb and can that shape light pattern. The finish trim on recessed lights can vary pattern of light. A wall washer creates a half cone that can be directed at a wall or fireplace. A pin spot trim can direct light in a very narrow beam to light a small object.
This should give you a basic idea of what is involved when you undertake a recessed lighting layout. If you would like to learn more or have questions, please visit us at links below.
Paul Forte has been in the lighting and electrical field for over 25 years. He has helped countless homeowners across the country with their lighting needs through his website. Visit http://www.forteelectric.com for more tips and advice