How Far From the Cabinets Should My Recessed Lighting Be?

Written by katherine harder
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If you thoughtfully arrange your kitchen-installed recessed lights, you'll be able to brighten the insides of your kitchen cabinets instead of illuminating the space above them. To take advantage of this recessed light capability, place your lights as far away as 18 inches from your cabinets' faces and no closer than 12 inches.

Kitchen Fan Allowances

To avoid an annoying strobe effect, don't install your recessed lights anywhere near a ceiling fan's blades. If you must, install your lights slightly closer to your cabinets to give them at least a 9-inch clearance from your fan's blades.

Bottom Line

When planning your recessed lighting installation for your kitchen, avoid wasting light by making sure you install the lights at least a foot from the cabinets' faces. If that placement makes the lights too close to a fan, it is acceptable to move them in slightly farther.

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