What is recessed lighting?

October 10, 2018

What is recessed lighting?

You may also hear recessed lighting referred to as “down-lighting”. Recessed lighting is a multifunctional lighting fixtures that can be used in a variety of different ways. The lights are mounted within the wall or ceiling so that they are essentially hidden while providing favorable lighting. It’s aesthetically pleasing and also highly practical because of the seamless design. Another convenient trait of recessed lighting is that multiple lights can be installed to run off of the same wire. It is common to find recessed lighting in commercial buildings like target and warehouses because of the cost-effective practicality of it.

Recessed downlights usually consist of just three different components.

The first one being the shell or housing that the bulb sits in. These casings are usually mounted within the wall so that the light itself is flush inside the wall. The housing encompasses all of the electrical parts of the lighting fixture. This gives your lights a home to live in so that they can easily fit within the wall giving your home a solid and beautiful feel to it. Housings nowadays are also airtight meaning that you won't lose warm air through the seal of your housing which of course would cost you more money.

The second part to your recessed lighting is the trim. This is the visible portion of your recessed lighting fixture. Your trim should be selected to match the wall/ceiling paint, color of the flooring, and overall theme of the room. Some trims are adjustable and can be set to display a more narrow beam almost like a spotlight or a string of spotlights.

The third component to your recessed lighting is of course the bulb itself. It’s recommended to use low voltage incandescent, LED, and/or compact lights. This will give your room/home softer lighting that isn't quite as harsh as other lights all the while consuming less wattage.






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