What is Recessed Lighting?

You have probably heard this term a few different ways; recessed lighting, can lights, and or recessed can lights. No matter the name they are given, they are recessed lighting. It is not shocking how they got their name as they are shaped just like cans. The housings which are in a cylindrical form, and typically metal for being able to regulate the temperature from the light bulb. Furthermore recessed lighting are most often used where spacing is not efficient enough to have a hanging light fixture.

That doesn’t have to be the only option though as recessed lighting installation can be used to accentuate a bigger light fixture. They can also provide dim hallway lighting. Recessed lighting installation can be used for highlighting and spotlighting specific areas in your home. Most of the time they are big space savers for kitchens and hallways with standard ceiling heights. There are a few more things you should know before making recessed lighting your lighting choice.

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What Recessed Lighting Should I Use?

Our professionals can help you figure out which recessed lighting installation is best for the area in your home. One of the best things about recessed lighting installation is that they are almost completely flush to the ceiling. Thus they take up virtually no space. Choosing the right recessed lighting will pretty much come down to preference of design. Again, the space in which you are utilizing the recessed lighting will depict the amount you’ll need. Possibly you just need to brighten things up a bit. Recessed lighting can be a perfect add on to any closet for more lighting. It can also be used to show off a piece of art work in your main living space.

Recessed Lighting Styles and Sizes

Recessed lighting are becoming the new way of room lighting. The recessed lighting typically come in two pieces, the housing and the trim. The housing is the metal can the light will sit in. The trim is the decorative covering that is flush to your ceiling. You can choose any trim piece you like and one that fits in the room your using it. There is a wide range of styles and sizes available for you to choose from including baffle, lensed, reflector, wall-wash, and adjustable. Therefore the possibilities for complete customization are endless.

Recessed Lighting Installation, Insulation, Energy Efficient and Safety Benefits

Whether replacing old recessed lighting, or adding new ones, the old fashioned ones are more likely to consume large amounts of energy. They also get too hot for safety purposes for your attic or the fixture itself. Additionally their unsealed canisters usher out heated air into your attic causing possibly more dangerous situations. The old style recessed lighting could not be insulated properly to divert that hot air into a safer route outside your home. Because of this old style recessed lighting would end up costing more money and giving home owners the potential for more dangerous situations.

Not anymore! The manufacturers have gone back to the drawing board and solved both problems with IC- and AT-rated can lights. IC means you can cover the housing with insulation (without risk of burning down your house). AT means the housing is airtight. If your new lights will go into an insulated ceiling, don’t use anything else. Let Small Jobs Electric professionals help guide you in the right direction.

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