I am installing recessed lights to my living room. The problem is, there are ceiling speakers already placed where I want the lights to go. So I now have to put the lights close to the speakers as much as possible. Is there a minimum distance from one hole to another that I should keep in mind to prevent weakening of the integrity of the dry wall in-between the holes?
as long as all of these are true, you should be good to go:
- your recessed cans are properly anchored to ceiling joists
- your speaker cans are also anchored to joists
- your ceiling drywall does not have anything suspended from it, unattached to a joist
you shouldn't have anything pressing down on your ceiling drywall; it's only something that covers up your wooden understructure. you do need to ensure that there's no load pulling down on it, and you should be OK.
I would think you want to maintain enough spacing so that they look OK.
A light right next to a speaker will look kinda trashy.
I would add more lights and change the spacing pattern to move the lights away from the existing speakers. Of course, I have an OCD for symmetrical balanced things.