As a versatile means to provide both ambient and task lighting, recessed lighting as a versatile approach and can be implemented in nearly any area of your home. Commonly mounted in the ceiling and capable of being mounted in the wall, instead of being mounted on the surface, recessed lighting is also known as pot lighting and can lighting. Whether you are looking for aesthetics or function, recessed lighting does both. We at Sentry Electric would like to elaborate on recessed lighting if you are considering it for your Fairfield County, Connecticut home.
Draw a House Lighting Plan
A qualified professional is needed to plan and install the recessed lighting. We can help you decide on the right fixtures because of the technical aspects and compatibility with your home. Having the professional design your light plan is the first step. When it comes to recessed lighting you can incorporate layers of lighting that include ambient, task, accent, and decorative options to optimize the results. Part of the plan is ensuring you have enough lights in the area you want the recessed lighting as well as the layering and the correct bulbs, along with selecting the fixture and trim. With the help of the professional, you plan the lights accordingly to bring the right amount of illumination balanced with a beautiful display.
Types of Recessed Lighting Bulbs
Incandescent, fluorescent and LED (Light Emitting Diode) are the three types of lighting, based on the lamp, or light bulb, you can use to brighten your home. The housing and trim are the two main components of recessed lighting. The housing may be limited to the technical factors. But the trim is generally based on your taste.
New Construction VS Remodel Recessed Lighting Guide
A remodel or new construction is first element to determine the housing for your recessed lighting. The different circumstances dictate the accessible space for light placement. With a new construction, you have more allowable space, giving you more options with the bulkier selections. A remodel limits the space, so smaller housing is typically required. Another technicality is if the housing needs IC or Non-IC rated components. An IC (insulation contact) rating is given to a fixture that can come in direct contact with thermal insulation. The Non-IC (non-insulation contact) rating indicates the fixture that can’t come in direct contact with thermal insulation; forcing them to be installed at least 3” from any insulation. Finally, a technicality for the housing is if you want the recessed lighting to have line or low voltage. A standard residential 120 volt current is all that is needed to operate line voltage, which is why it is typically recommended. A special transformer to reduce the voltage along with special modern-dimmers if you want the dimming feature is needed for low voltage because it uses a 12 volt current; it is more energy efficient however. This option is recommended for those that want to see a high contrast or want accent or task lighting for their recessed lighting.
Recessed Lighting Trim Rings
The trim is chosen mostly for style as it is the visible part of the lighting. Multiple sizes are available for trim, ranging between 1″ and 6″ in diameter. The larger the trim the broader amount of light is produced, the smaller trims are inconspicuous and are often the more popular option. There are styles of trim that also influence the choice. Popular for commercial use, high ceilings, and kitchens are the reflector trims. They maximize the light produced with a smooth interior. TO allow for a floating bulb to direct the light to target areas, adjustable trims are used in general lighting, accent lighting, task lighting, and wall washing. To reduce glare baffle trims are optimal and they can be black or white. Dining rooms, living rooms, dens and bedrooms are typically seen with baffle trim. The trending option is the decorative trim since it provides a more aesthetically pleasing. For applications in bathrooms, above showers, and in closets, the lensed trims are best because they protect the bulb from moisture or direct water contact.