Recessed pot lights are a perfect solution for commercial spaces and offices, providing both ambient lighting for large areaTs and accent lighting for displays and work areas. Source: commons.wikimedia.org
Pot lights, and LED pot lights in particular, are today’s ‘hot item’ when it comes to efficient and versatile lighting for new constructions and remodeling, in residential, commercial and industrial applications. We often get asked ‘How to change pot lights?’ and ‘How to install new pot lights?’, which is why we have produced this quick, practical guide that will guide you through pot light installation and choice considerations, for results that match your lighting needs and design style.
  • An invisible, discreet solution
  • Versatile: they suit all types of décor, from modern to classical
  • Unlimited possibilities: pot lights allow for more freedom when choosing additional accent lighting, since the overall lighting needs of the space are covered
  • Excellent for accent lighting
  • Great for low ceilings, sloped ceilings, staircases and narrow spaces
  • A waterproof solution for areas of high humidity
  • Their installation is complex and requires very good electrical knowledge
  • The lighting coverage per unit is limited - large spaces require many pot lights
  • The lighting output is directional, often limited to the area directly under the pot lights
  • Insulation challenge: the holes in the ceiling lead to energy loss. As a solution, use sealed pot lights or IC-rated lights (“insulation contact”). Spots that are not IC rated should be installed at least 3 inches away from any type of insulation.
Pot lights installation guide
Start with a solid lighting plan
In order to create a perfect lighting for your space, your lighting plan must be well thought out and address the following considerations: the quantity and intensity of light needed, the ceiling height and the pot light spacing. Use a scaled plan of the room to mark the spacing of the lights. *Once installed, it will be difficult to relocate recessed lights, so it is best to plan their spacing well.
Do you need accent lighting?
After establishing the general lighting plan, consider accent lighting. Does your space have a focal point, such as a work area (kitchen island, sink, desk), display case or artwork, that you would like to enhance? If so, include them in your lighting plan.
Well thought out pot light planning provides great freedom in terms of accent lighting, since the ambient lighting is already covered. Source: www.thespruce.com
Pot light spacing
A few important rules that must be followed in order to achieve a perfect result :
  • The distance between the wall and the first canned spot must be equal to half of the distance between spots.
  • If possible, place pot lights 3 feet away from the walls. This will allow the light to bounce off the walls and make the space look larger.
  • The distance between pot lights should be equal to half of the ceiling height. For example, if a room has a 10 foot ceiling, you should space your recessed lights 5 feet apart.
  • For best results, use our FREE RECESSED LIGHTING CALCULATOR
Aesthetic considerations
Determine the type of trim that matches the overall design, the color temperature best suited to the space, etc. Color temperatures dramatically alter the way the space is perceived. They should be chosen according to the function of the space (work area, office, lounge area, etc.) and the amount of natural light available.
• If you are looking for advice on choosing the best pot lights for your project, feel free to contact one of our reps, in order to find a product that meets your price and quality criteria.
• Use the services of an electrician to ensure the installation is done according to standards; this will guarantee its safety and longevity.
Have you found the answers to your questions in our guide?

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