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Benefits of Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting provides low-profile, ambient lighting without being overwhelming. Recessed lighting is usually installed into a ceiling, but can also be utilized in the wall and outdoor settings. The versatility of recessed lighting makes it an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, as well as any other room in your house where ambient lighting is needed. Recessed lights are made up of two main components - a recessed lighting housing and a recessed lighting trim. A very customizable system, recessed lighting can be as contemporary or modern as your room needs.
Tip for Buying a Recessed Lighting Housing
Picking the right recessed lighting housing can be a bit technical, and may require dedicated research and/or speaking to an electrician or another lighting professional. Here are the major factors to consider when narrowing down the right recessed lighting housing for your unique situation:
Remodel or New Construction - Are you installing your recessed lights in a new room or an already existing room? If you're building a new space, you can choose "New Construction"? housings which are installed before the drywall is placed in the ceiling. If you're remodeling a space, "Remodel"? housings are designed to be installed where an existing ceiling or wall is already in place.
Insulation Ratings - Based on where you are placing your recessed lights, you will need to decide if you need IC or Non-IC rated components. IC rated components mean that fixtures can come in direct contact with thermal insulation. Non-IC rated components mean that the fixture cannot come in direct contact with thermal insulation and should be kept at least 3 inches from any insulation.
Voltage - Finally, you will need to decide on the voltage you will power your recessed lighting with. Line voltage operates directly off your house's standard 120-volt current and is suited for general room illumination. Low voltage uses a 12-volt current requires a transformer and is particularly suited to accent lighting.
Tips for Buying Recessed Lighting Trims
Choosing a recessed lighting trim is much less technical and much more personal. In order to choose a recessed lighting trim, you will need to select a size and style.
Trim Size - The recessed lighting trim you choose will be visible in your space. This is why the decision becomes personal and more design driven than choosing the hidden recessed lighting housing. Recessed lighting trims come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so you will need to pick one that best suits your needs and taste.
Trim Style - After selecting a trim size, you will get to select the trim style. There are a variety of styles to choose from ranging from simpler baffle trims to more designer decorative trims. For more information on trim sizes and styles, read our guide on How to Choose Recessed Lighting.
To further help you plan your recessed lighting layout, you can visit our Recessed Lighting FAQ page or read more about How to Choose Recessed Lighting.