Recessed lighting (sometimes called canned lighting because of its shape) is lighting that is installed into the ceiling- as opposed to protruding out of the ceiling. Recessed lighting is great for adding more space to a room- especially a room with low ceilings. This lighting also gives rooms a cleaner and more modern look. There are three parts of recessed lighting:
- The Housing - holds the electrical wiring and socket for the bulb
- The Ceiling Trim - covers the edges of the hole made for the housing
- The Bulb – the actual light that fits into the housing
Recessed lighting helps enhance ambiance in your home and can be used to accent artwork or other items. However there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Recessed lighting in a bathroom can cause unappealing shadows on your face when placed right above a sink/mirror area.
- Recessed lights that are placed too close to a ceiling fan can produce a strobe effect.
- If the lights are located too far from the wall and the beam angle doesn't meet the wall, the room can appear darker and cave-like because of the darker walls.
- When having recessed lights installed, also pay attention to the bulb you choose. The bulb will have an effect on the look, atmosphere and brightness of the room.
When installed correctly, recessed lights provide great task lighting and accent lighting. Keeping these items in mind as well as consulting with a professional, will help ensure you get the most out of your recessed lighting.