Recessed Lighting Features And Uses

3 December 2014
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If you're looking for a lighting approach that offers you a wider array of options than you get with standard lighting fixtures, you should consider the many advantages offered by recessed lighting. You can use recessed lights to provide excellent and inconspicuous lighting in any room in your home. You can also use it for specific lighting jobs, such as for under the cabinet lighting in your kitchen. When you're thinking about installing recessed lighting, you should consider all of the following.

Types of Recessed Lighting

There are two main types of recessed lighting fixtures; IC-rated and non-IC-rated. IC-rated recessed lights are designed to be installed in ceilings that have insulation. You can only use non-IC-rated in applications where the fixture's housing cannot come into contact with insulation. Both type of recessed lights can be purchased as "airtight" fixtures. This means that you won't be losing conditioned air through leaks around the fixture.

How They Are Used

Recessed lights can be used for a variety of purposes and situations. Installed in the ceiling and positioned properly, they can provide light throughout a room. In addition to this, they can be used for accent or directional lighting. For instance, you might use recessed lighting to create a focal point in the room, such as around a work of art or a painting on the wall. Recessed lighting can also be positioned close to a wall to produce a splashdown effect.

A Range of Sizes

The sizes of recessed light fixtures are based on the sizes of the canisters or "cans." The most often purchased sizes range between 3 and 6 inches. When you're purchasing a recessed lighting fixture, make sure that the accent trim you buy matches the size of the canister.

Other Considerations

Here are a few other things you should consider before you make your purchasing decision:

  • Do you have enough space above your ceiling for the light fixture?

  • Is there insulation in the ceiling?

  • Will you need to have an electrician like one from JF Electrical Contractors, Inc run a new circuit for the light fixture?

  • Will the light be installed in a location with a lot of moisture in the air, such as a bathroom or kitchen?

Note: Make sure you are installing the right type of recessed lighting in the right location. Installing non-IC-rated light fixtures near insulation can result in a fire. You can install non-IC-rated recessed fixtures in attics, but you have to make sure that the insulation is at least 3 inches away from the fixture.