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Recessed Lighting

recessed lighting

Recessed lighting is a great way to light a room without obtrusive ceiling-mounted fixtures. And it can easily be added as a retrofit. 

Why You May Want Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting offers a clean, streamlined look in a home. It can increase the amount of light in a room, highlight artwork or other special features, and open up spaces so they look and feel bigger.

When to Use Recessed Lighting

Though recessed fixtures are most easily installed between ceiling joists of new building or major remodeling projects, some recessed fixtures are designed specifically for retrofit applications and can slip into an existing ceiling space through holes made to accommodate wiring; however, the fixtures you choose must be rated for use near insulation (IC housing rated) whenever ceiling insulation is present. When a ceiling is uninsulated, a non-IC housing may be used.

Where to Place Recessed Lighting Fixtures

Recessed Lighting FAQ

Q: What is recessed lighting?

A: Recessed lighting refers to fixtures that are set into ceilings or walls. Commonly called cans because of their shape, they include the housing (the internal part in the ceiling that you don't see) and the trim, which is visible. With little or no profile, recessed lighting provides effective ambient and accent illumination for both residential and commercial use.

Q: Which type of housing should I use: Remodel or New Construction?

A: There are two types of housings, New Construction and Remodel. Determining which type to use will depend on your application. If you have access to your ceiling from above, you will want to use a New Construction housing. If you do not have access, you will want to use a Remodel housing.

Q: What is the difference between IC vs. Non-IC rated housings?

A: IC rated housings allow insulation (either laid in or blown in) to be installed on or around the housing. Non-IC housings require that insulation be kept at least 3" away from the housing at all times.

Q: How many lights am I going to need?

A: This question has no easy answer, as opinions on this subject vary greatly. However, a good rule of thumb is to take the height of the ceiling and divide it in half. This is the distance that each light should be from one another. The total number of lights will also be affected by the type and wattage of bulb being used. Spot lights with narrow beams will produce pockets or pools of light, while flood type bulbs will produce broader amounts of light.

Q: Can I use a dimmer?

A: Yes, a dimmer can be used on most recessed lighting. Q: Can I use a CFL or LED bulb in a Line Voltage Housing and Trim?

A: Yes, CFL and LED bulbs can be used in Line Voltage Housings and Trims.

Q: Can recessed lights be installed in a bathroom?

A: Yes, recessed lighting trims and housings are suitable for damp locations (porch or bathroom) using any trim. Wet locations, above a shower or outdoors, require the use of specific wet location trims.

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