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How to Measure Recessed Lighting Size in Seconds

At the time of installing new recessed lighting, most commonly, the questions I hear are “how to measure recessed lighting size?” It is especially heard from beginners. However, there is no reason to worry because, in this quick guide, we will briefly discuss how you can easily measure the lighting size. So let’s get started.

How to Measure Recessed Lighting Size

Although different types of recessed lights are different sizes, the process of measuring the size of almost all recessed lights is the same. The most common three residential recessed lights sizes are 4 inches, 5 inches, and 6 inches.

There are many people who measure the recessed lights in the wrong process, due to which they get in trouble with the wrong size light. When they measure the light, they measure the size of the outside of the trim, which provides a large size, as well as inaccurate dimensions. Below we are sharing a simple step-by-step process; try to keep them in mind before measuring for recessed lighting.

What you will need:

  • Measurement scale
  • Screw Driver
  • Ladder

How to Measures What Size Recessed Light You Have

Step 1: If you want to measure the existing recessed lighting, first turn off the light switch, then if there is a screwdriver on the light’s side, unscrew it with the help of a screwdriver, and remove the recessed light cover, then separate the light from the can.

Step 2: If the recessed light is retrofitted, then separate the light from the housing by pulling with the fingers on both sides of the light, then separate the recessed light trim by pressing the innerspring from both sides.

Step 3: Then, measure the size inside the can with the help of a measurement scale at the widest point. This way, you can easily measure the recessed light and find the exact size.

Many retrofitted LED lights are 5/6 in size; that’s why many people are confused to see; there is no reason to be confused. It means that the retrofit light module can be easily adjusted with either 5 or 6 inches of housing.

Note: Never take outside measurement of recessed light trim; it is the wrong way. 

What is Standard Recessed Lighting Size?

Depending on your plan to use the light and where the fixture is located, you will find different light sizes in the market, but the standard recessed light size range is 3 to 6 inches in diameter.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

How far should 6 inches of recessed light be?

It is a very simple process, but you have to keep it in mind. For example, if you install a 5 inch fixture, you should usually keep a minimum distance of 5 feet. In the same way, if you install a 6 inch fixture, you must also maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet.

Are recessed lights out of style?

The short answer is “No.” Recessed light will never go out of style. Although many new designs and sizes of recessed light are coming and will continue to come, they will not go out of style. So you can have a kind of ensure.

Can you have too many recessed lights?

Many people think that using too much recessed light to get more brightness, but it is a misconception. On the one hand, using the extra recessed light will result in huge electricity bill costs; on the other hand, the room will be dark instead of extra light. So our recommendation will be to plan with the help of experts what number of lights would be better to use and how to install a recessed light fixture in style.

Final Verdict

Hopefully, our quick guide has helped you get an idea about how to measure what size recessed light you have. If there is anything more confusing about measurement, please let us know in the comment section below.

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