A recessed light, also known as pot lights, downlights, or can lights, is directional lighting fixture that casts light in a specific direction and place. They are installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling or other surfaces. Recessed lighting fixtures are one of the most versatile light sources for both household and commercial usages. They are more like functional lighting that takes minimal space and seamlessly blends into the decor scheme of any place.
How to Choose the Recessed Lighting Fixtures for Your Projects
Recessed type lighting fixtures have three main parts – housing, trim, and bulb. All the components are available in various styles to suit your personal taste and requirements. However, the choice of pot lights mainly depends on selecting the housing and the trim.
Factors for Choosing the Recessed Lighting Housing
The housing is the part that you install on a surface, and that holds the trim and the bulb. The factors to keep in mind are:
- New Construction or Remodel
New construction housings are bulky, and their installation requires a considerable amount of space. You have to have open space around them, so they are suitable only for new buildings where you have full access to any surface (ceiling or wall) or for houses that have an overhead attic.
On the other hand, remodel housings are less bulky, and you can fit them on surfaces where space is at the premium. And there’s no access to space above the new fixture.
- IC or Non-IC Rated
The IC-rated housing means it can have direct contact with the thermal insulation while you should keep at least 3-inch distance between a non-IC rated fixture and the insulation. So, you have to understand which type you need.
- Line or Low Voltage
The low voltage recessed lighting fixtures need a transformer and a dimmer (if you want the dimming feature) to operate. They are energy-efficient and more suitable for the task or accent lighting.
On the other hand, line voltage fixtures operate directly off of the household current. They don’t need any transformer or dimmer but less energy-saving.
Factors for Choosing the Recessed Lighting Trim
The part that visible from outside is called the trim. They are available in various styles and sizes. You first need to determine the size, which ranges between 1 and 6 inches diameter. While smaller trims leave small footprints and are aesthetically more desirable. The bigger ones are still widely used as they can accommodate a broad range of lamps. Besides, some of the trim styles available as baffle, reflector, adjustable, lensed, wall washed, and decorative trims.
Not all trim styles or sizes will work with all kinds of housings. So, you have to understand all the factors mentioned above while going to shop for your recessed lighting fixtures.