When you look at a freshly remodeled home, you will most likely see some form of recessed lighting in either the kitchen, hallway, bathroom, living room or family room. You may ask why such love for the recessed lighting fixture? The simple answer is that it just really works well in most places. On a personal level, I enjoy the clean and streamlined look of the recessed light and how well the recessed light functions when you put in a room.
I came across a great article by Joe Provey – 5 Reasons Why Recessed Lighting Is Still Cool
The article stirred up my passion for recessed lights so much, that I was inspired to share this blog post.
A little history on the recessed light
We owe our deepest thanks for the creation of the recessed light to the prolific lighting pioneer by the name of Ivan Kirlin. He designed and developed the recessed light in the 1930s. It is also important to note that Ivan Kirlin also designed and installed the first modern traffic signal in the U.S. using Red, Yellow, Green lights.
What is a recessed light?
A recessed light, also known as a downlight or a can light, can be installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling or wall. When the recessed light is installed, the light appears as a shining light from the hole in the ceiling or wall. The light usually shines in a downward or sideways direction as a broad floodlight or spotlight.
The recessed light has two parts, which are the trim and the housing. You can visibly see the trim portion of the recessed light fixture. The housing is the fixture itself that is installed inside the ceiling and contains the lamp holder.
Are there more than one type of housing for recessed lights?
When you are remodeling your home, there are two types of housing for the recessed lights:
– New Construction Housing for Insulated or Non-Insulated ceilings.
– Remodel Housing for Insulated or Non-Insulated ceilings.
What are the best places to use recessed lighting?
- Foyer – Items displayed on the wall, in niches, or on small tables can be accented using recessed lighting. Also, in addition to decorative foyer fixtures, recessed lighting can be used to increase the light levels in the foyer area.
- Kitchen/Breakfast Nook – Since lighting is a critical element in the kitchen remodel, especially for comfort and function, recessed lighting is an ideal option for general lighting sources for the open area of the kitchen whether or not there is a traditional surface mounted lighting fixture.
- Bathrooms – One of the most popular places for recessed lighting is in the shower or bathtub area, it helps to prevent accidents. Recessed lighting can be used an overall general lighting source or as a supplemental source in a bathroom.
- Hallways/Stairs – Since general lighting is needed for these common areas to illuminate the space, recessed lighting is a perfect choice.
Sizing Recessed Lights
Recessed lights come in various shapes and sizes. They also come in standard line voltage, low voltage halogen, or fluorescent fixtures, or led voltage. The basic recessed lighting sizes are:
- 3.5 inch
- 4 inch
- 5 inch
- 6 inch
The 6-inch fixtures can be used in tall entryways or two-story hallways, while the smaller 3.5 or 4-inch sizes work better in smaller spaces since they have a sleeker and contemporary look.
Key features of recessed lights
1. Recessed Lights used as an Accent – Recessed lighting with an “eyeball” trim allows you to focus direct bright beam toward a specific object.
2. Various types of trim – Recessed lights are mainly known for being unobtrusive, but the new trend is using recessed lights with some depth. There are several new fixtures that come in various shapes and sizes and that have glass and crystals.
Click on the following to read more:
5 Reasons Why Recessed Lighting Is Still Cool – BobVila.com/Yahoo
Lighting Basics – Ferguson
Recessed Lighting – Houzz.com
Recessed Lights – Wikipedia
Recessed Lighting Basics – Lighting Showplace
Recessed Lighting Basics – About.com-Home Interiors
Guide to Recessed Lighting Trim, Housings & Bulbs – Lamps Plus