Lighting design help


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Old 06-06-16, 10:21 AM
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Lighting design help

So I am trying to bring my 1956 Colonial into the current century by adding recessed lights to the living room. Attached is the current plan, but as you will see, it is not going as planned! I started with the wall on the right side of the drawing and I had to come out 44" instead of 42 because of a joist (I think, see below) and when I stated on the opposite wall, I hit a stud dead center! So now I need to patch that hole, but do I start over or just move the left side and adjust the middle 4 accordingly?

Also, what do you think of the lights near the TV? Should I move them out, stagger, or are they far enough away? Its a 60" tv mounted above the fireplace.

The house has double drywall so marking the joists is impossible, I am just measuring off where I know joists are, but that hasn't worked out either..

Help!

Frustrated in Boston's S Shore,
Eric

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Old 06-06-16, 10:36 AM
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It's the first law of recessed lighting: there's always something in the way!

I find that even spacing between the lights is more important than exactly equal distance to walls. The eye can't see both the spaces to the walls at the same time so it doesn't see small variations. I'd probably leave what you have and adjust the rest to get the spacing as even as possible.

You may very well have glare issues with the TV but it's hard to be sure without testing. Depends on what type of coating is on the TV (if any) and angles to lights and seating area. I'd at least think about putting those two lights on their own dimmer.
 
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Old 06-06-16, 11:29 AM
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So leave the right side holes at 44" off the wall and move the left to 50" off the wall (to accommodate for stud) then measure between them and make the spacing even? I think it will come to 64 & 3/4" spacing. Ugh

As far as the two lights in front of tv, if I don't move them, I could come up with a relay to control them.. using the outlet the tv is on as the sense wire. (I have my degree in Electronics
 
 

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