Recessed lighting has been increasing in popularity in recent years. And all for a good reason; It’s easy to combine with other types of lighting creating a layered look, and allowing you to add ambiance to any room.
Recessed spot lighting is an extremely versatile lighting option that can help you create a bright and uncluttered space in your home. However, it’s also easy to get it wrong, especially if you don’t lay out your ceiling layout before you buy the accessories. To get the most out of recessed lighting you should consider the following factors:
What is recessed lighting?
Recessed lights are those circular holes, commonly found in ceilings, that house a light source.
Within the recessed lighting, we find the spotlights, the floodlights, and the downlights. Having a number of different applications in both residential and commercial settings, and can be used for the ambient, task, and accent lightr.
Because it’s stylish and easy to hide, recessed lighting is an ideal choice for areas with limited space for pendant lamps. It is also a popular choice for closets, kitchens, living rooms, and more recently for outdoor lighting.
A recessed lighting fixture consists of three components:
- Framing – a mounting frame placed between the joists to secure the assembly to the ceiling.
- Housing – usually a cylindrical metal can that houses the bulb and other parts of the fixture, concealing them inside the ceiling. The housings are available in different sizes to accommodate different types of bulbs.
How to choose recessed lights
- The first thing is to determine which areas we want to illuminate and with what intensity.
- The second thing would be to distribute the spotlights on the ceiling following this guide.
- Third, choose the type of bulb; diffuse focus or concentrated light, and its opening angle.
- Finally, choose the molding model that you like the most.After considering what’s feasible, you’ll need to consider what looks good and what suits your purposes. The beam angle of the bulbs you select is key to achieving the look you want:
- A narrow beam angle will provide a concentrated focus, ideal for task areas.
- A wide beam angle offers a larger, more spread beam, providing uninterrupted ambient lighting with little to no shadows.
What type of bulb should be used in recessed lighting
Here are a few more things to consider when shopping for recessed bulbs: