Lights ... Cans ... Action!
Pre-planning now can avoid hair-tearing later.
Electrician Linares is back for another round at Custom Design & Construction's Sheldon Street project, and this time he’s installing 6-inch recessed cans for lighting throughout the house. The California Building Standards Code, commonly referred to as Title 24, strictly regulates energy efficiency in buildings, so that means we’ll be using LED lighting throughout.
However, placement of that lighting is determined by the builder, so having locations thoroughly considered and designated is critical not only to an efficient install but to avoiding a lot of head-banging after the fact. Sure, those mounting bars allow for minor adjustments within rafters, but once cans have been placed and drywallers have done their thing, there’s pretty much no going back. And there’s nothing more frustrating to a homeowner than cans out of alignment, spots out of whack, and wall washers washing everything but the walls.
Things to consider in lighting placement: traffic flow, furniture layout, important task areas (such as kitchen prep and work surfaces), dining areas, TV placement, and so on. Manufacturer’s websites, architects, designers and experienced electricians are all good resources for determining the numbers and types of fixtures required, the proper distances between lighting sources and other important factors.
“Almost all the lights in the house will be dimmable,” says Dan. “It’s better to have too much light that you can cut back than not enough from the get go.”