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Where You Should Use Recessed Lighting

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Recessed Lighting

While I have never been a very big fan of recessed lighting, I’ve found that many others do favor this type of lighting. I seem to appreciate it most in the kitchen, where it does cast a significant amount of lighting overall. If you have your recessed lights on a dimmer, it will allow more flexibility as well as energy savings which will result in less energy used and money savings on our energy bill. That’s always a plus!

One reason why I have never been a big fan of recessed lighting is because I really didn’t know too much about it. After some research, I have found that there are many benefits. While sconces and chandeliers are great ways to light a room, recessed lighting can provide a very good light source. In addition, the most positive factor in choosing recessed lighting is that it will never take away from the design style of your home. It will provide a clean, bright and organized look no matter which room you install it in.

Here are a few other positive factors of utilizing recessed lighting:

  • Define your space. In a large room, you can use your recessed lighting to define various spaces like a seating or gaming area.
  • Enhance your collectibles display. With the recessed lighting casting down on your collectibles, it will enhance your display by adding an inside shine and/or sparkle.
  • Wall washing. Being in a room with dark walls may give you a sense of confinement. But if you simply light up those same walls with some recessed lighting, it will feel a little more spacious.

A lot of customers are initially overwhelmed when selecting their recessed lights. Once you decide on the basics such as line voltage vs. low voltage, which room or area you desire to use these lights, etc., you can work with your contractor or electrician on the more technical aspects. As always, contacting a retailer’s sales department is also helpful. We work very closely with the manufacturers, should you need product-specific information prior to making a decision.

I will close with some basic tips that our customers have found very useful in helping them select their fixtures:

  • Sizes are 4, 5 or 6 inches in diameter. The 6 inch fixtures are most likely used in two story hallways or tall entryways, while the smaller sizes work better in smaller spaces because they have a sleeker look.
  • If you are looking to add some accent lighting to your artwork, bookshelf or even drapery panels, choosing an adjustable recessed light eyeball fixture will surely do the trick.
  • Any time you are looking to light a three dimensional object such as a sculpture or flower arrangement, it is more effective to light it from two or three different angles.
  • Remember that recessed lights that will be used for reading or task lighting should be carefully placed overhead so that you are not blocking the light with your head or other parts of your body.

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