Visualize little stars glittering from the ceiling as they brighten up your lives and add to the warmth and coziness of your homes or offices. Well, recessed light fixtures also popular as down lights, spot lights or can lights are a type of light fixtures attached to the hollow openings in a ceiling. As rightly termed these light fixtures are recessed into the ceiling.
These fixtures direct and focus the light in a downward direction. An unobtrusive light fixture, recessed light fixtures appear as if the holes in the ceiling are shining with light. The light flows in a downward direction similar to a spot light or a broad floodlight. These types of lighting have been in use since the early 1940s.
Recessed lights blend well with any décor. Colorful, bold and dramatic trim components can also be used to create an additional effect. Bold and dramatic lighting can change the mood and ambience of any space. Recessed lights are very efficient as they provide a complete lighting solution for any given space.
Recessed light fixtures are also known as recessed lighting trims, down lights, recessed down lights, recessed can lights, recessed ceiling lights, high hats, recessed cans, etc.
Parts of the recessed light fixture
Trim: The portion of the fixture that is visible at the ceiling opening.
Housing: The housing rests above the ceiling, it is the fixture that is installed inside/within the ceiling. The lamp holder is a part of the housing.
Light bulb: The light source, it is difficult to see the bulb when the lights are on. Can be seen when a person looks straight up into the fixture.
Types of light bulbs
Directional: These lamps have reflectors that reflectors control and direct the light. E. g. R, BR, MR, PAR
Diffuse: These lamps have a omni-directional system that controls the distribution of light
Trims have undergone a revolution since their inception. A variety of styles are available in the market:
Types of housing
IC or insulation contact: These insulations are attached to the ceiling supports before the ceiling surface is installed. If the area above the ceiling is accessible, housings can be installed from within the attic space. IC housings must be installed only when the insulation will be in direct contact with the housing. Most IC housings are rated to a maximum of 75-watt.
Non- IC contact: Non-IC housings are used just like the IC contacts but they do not require contact with the insulation. These housings require at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) spacing from insulation. These housings are rated up to a maximum of 150 watts.
IC rated remodel housings: are used in existing ceilings where insulation is already present and is in contact with the fixture.
Non-IC rated remodel housings: are used in existing ceilings where no insulation is present. These housings should not have contact with insulation and should be spaced at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) from the insulation.
Sloped-ceiling housings that are vaulted can be used with both insulated and non-insulated ceilings.
Why use recessed light fixtures
Recessed light placement
Low voltage recessed lighting
Recessed lights have gained popularity mainly because of their sleek look, design and shape. Low voltage recessed lights have become an instant hit as people all through the world are aiming at achieving low energy bills and energy conservation. Low voltage recessed lights are embedded either in the ceiling or on the wall. These lights are less invasive and are not very bright. Low voltage as the name suggests utilizes low voltage bulbs/lamps for the lighting purpose.
These lights can be installed on insulated and non-insulated ceilings. Airtight insulation contacts are the best choice as they conserve energy and thus are more efficient. Trims and housings for low voltage recessed lights are available in a variety of designs. Retrofits fit with transformers can be used to reduce the standard current to as low as 12 volts. These retrofits help in converting normal light into low voltage light. This enables the user to transform high power consuming lights into low power consuming lights.
Square recessed lighting
Stylish and stunning to look at and yet very economical, square recessed lighting is no doubt a popular choice of many people. These lights have been tagged as best energy savers and with growing energy costs, these lights have become an instant hit.
Types of square recessed lighting
Square recessed lighting benefits
Exterior recessed lighting
Exterior recessed lighting as the name indicates are lighting fixtures used to lighten up the exteriors of your home or office. These lights brighten the pathways and the yards and also make the building look attractive during the night. With these lights, indoor parties can be shifted outdoors as they create the perfect party ambiance. Exterior recessed lighting adds on to the elegance of any home. These lights are available in a variety of colors, styles and shapes. They are easy to install and easy to maintain too.
Exterior recessed lightings can be fixed in the decks, porticos, verandas, etc. they in fact can serve as security lights also.
Choosing exterior recessed lighting