LED Retrofits in High Ceilings
You'll need a higher lumen output to go the distance, and be sure to pick a comfortable color temperature.
 
LED_bedroom_lighting
The cove lighting, bedside lamps and pendant fixture are all using dimmable LED sources in a warm color temperature for an incandescent feel.
We are building a new beachfront house. We have 6-inch recessed cans in the ceilings where the ceiling height ranges from 11 feet to 17 feet. We want to use LED retrofit kits and are considering an LED fixture that uses 9.5W and gives 625 lumens at 5000K. What would you recommend?

You do have some pretty high ceilings there. I think you should consider using a fixture with a higher lumen output, something in the 800 lumen range (12W). Also, 5000K is a very, very white light. Your house will feel like an operating room. I would recommend that you consider either 2700K, which is the color of incandescent at full brightness, or 3000K, which is the color of halogen at full brightness. These color temperatures are more complimentary to skin tones. Please don’t make these recessed fixtures your only source of illumination. Alone, they will make the rooms seem smaller and the people within look older than they are.

Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

Leave A Comment

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Latest from ask randall

You do have a tight powder room with an awkward ceiling line. I’m glad you’re thinking about cross illumination at the mirror. I would put the... read full story
Track lighting will provide you with a junction box, but not necessarily centered on the island. Usually track is fed from one end or the other. Here... read full story
You’re touching on what is the major transition point in LED lighting today. It’s not a simple matter of choosing one over the other, you have to... read full story
Your question is the question that I get the most. Using UL-listed components does not make a fixture UL-listed. The completed, assembled fixture... read full story

Webinars

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Sponsored by Legrand, Lightovation and Tresco Lighting. Register for this webinar here: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1118655... read full story
This webinar has already taken place, but you can register and watch in on demand here. Sponsored by Legrand. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW) 1.0... read full story
This webinar has already taken place, but you can still watch it on demand by registering here. Sponsored by Emerson and Legrand. Webinar Overview: Learning units:AIA/... read full story

RL Tweets!

E-mail Subscriptions