Originally Posted by BllDo
Walking into Mike's house...
I have (40) 6" cans in the garage. Electrician thought I was crazy!
I laid it out with one less per row (it's 36 feet long) but somehow when I snapped chalk lines I added a row not paying attention. Then I was at odds if I needed one last row or split the difference but because I was lazy and already starting marking and laying out I decided it was easier to just do an entire extra row. That added I think 13 more lights, because I bumped from 7 rows to 8 rows, and from 4 across to 5 across. 5x8 rows = 40. I was about 1/3 into installing them when I realized I was overkill drastically (I did want it excessively bright for working, spraying paint etc... ) but I was too lazy to go back so I stayed the coarse.
When I thought about it these LED use 11 watts each. So 40 x 11 = 440 watts. That is just about what (4) 100 watt incandecent bulbs sucks down. I know many people with only 4 of the 100 watters and their garage are very dark still. That is what I did not want. Plus, how often are the lights actually on in the garage? Not much... so when I want light, I have it! I had him wire it in half and half- so I can do 50% if needed. I do a lot of DIY speakers, working on kids go carts and lawnmowers, spraying paint or building wife furniture out there so the extra light is appreciated. It's oddly not as bright as you would think it is.
You ever seen those BIG ASS LIGHTS for garages? I always wanted one of those, but I guess now I don't need it
Before I had HO T5 florescent, those were nice too. Lots of light (and daylight colored). But they do suck down the power compared to these new LED.
It's pretty cheap to do recessed 6" cans. The cans in contractor packs are about $6 each. The trim LED 65 watt equivalent bulb part is very cheap where I live the power company gives a subsidy rebate on them- cost to me is about $3 each at the register.
The much higher cost was the 3" cans. My wife (like all women) has very strong personal appearance preferences that don't make sense to me. She thinks the 6" cans are uglier, and the 3" cans are cute. Ok, fair enough. But the problem is a 3" can cost about 5x a 6" can to install as new construction (because you need IC rated, airtight, damp or wet location in some cases, and you buy the metal new construction brackets as extras). So $10 versus about $50 per light. Big difference. We used both, places that were not so important like halls and closets, garages, and porches I used the 6". I used the 6" for general lighting. Then layering in some of the 3" cans- especially places like master bath, kitchen, outside exterior down lighting soffits, and other places it made sense. So we have a big mix. I would do one room per day, lay it out, go buy the lights, install them, and move on. I was slightly excessive as a theme- because our old house had terrible lighting. It was always dark, you could never see anything. Lamps and hanging lights, cords, etc.. it sucked big time. House was made in 1953, and back then they did one surface mount ceiling light and that was it. I really disliked dark kitchens and dark baths, so I went heavy on those too. But I think I was about (4) 6" cans per 12x12 space or about 4 feet apart and from walls in most cases so it's not too crazy (except the garage).
I will put up some pictures if I ever download my phone to the PC.