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Recessed lighting, also called downlights or can lights, adds to both the aesthetics and functionality of a room. These light fixtures are embedded into the ceiling. There are no dangling cords, switches, lampshades or bulbs to interrupt the view. When illuminated, light appears to shine from a hole in the ceiling. The light is concentrated downward as either a broad floodlight or a narrow spotlight.
There are three types of recessed lighting generally available. The type of lamp influences the performance of the fixture including the amount of light, the color of the light, the lifespan of the fixture and, of course, its energy use.
For a complete comparison of cost, energy efficiency, environmental impact and other important factors, check out this Lighting Comparison Chart by USAI Lighting, LLC.
Any lighting plan for a room should include ambient lighting, task lighting for specific activities, mood lighting for atmosphere and accent lighting to highlight special elements.
Map out the space by dividing it into work areas to help you decide where to place light fixtures. Plan a mix of wide-
Will you use recessed lighting to provide the majority of your light source? Kitchens and other high use areas will require more light.
This is the primary structure of the light fixture. The housing includes the electrical components of the lamp and the means for attaching the fixture to the ceiling. It also provides the platform for mounting trim components.
There are two categories of recessed light fixture housings; each category has fixtures rated for the conditions in the ceiling. The type you choose is determined by the type of housing and their application.
For additional information about recessed lighting and how to choose which style is best for you, we recommend you read an excellent free publication available from The Lighting Research Center: A Guide to Residential Directional Lighting.
There are several trim options that are both functional and decorative to fit the style and space in your room.
The number of recessed light fixtures needed depends upon the size of the room, the function of the room and which light fixtures you choose to use. A general rule of thumb is that 4" fixtures should be placed at least 4' apart and 6" fixtures should be spaced about 6' apart.
Before installing recessed light, you need to know if the existing circuit wiring will handle the additional load and function properly. Most recessed lights carry a load of 60 watts or more. The wattage can add up easily, which may overload the electrical circuit. So adding the light bulb wattage is the first wise step to calculate the new load. Then, add the total existing load.
You also need to determine the desired effect:
Choosing and installing recessed lighting is complicated by the need to determine if the existing circuit wiring can accommodate the additional load and it is very important to select the right type of light fixture and housing for the ceiling conditions. You should certainly consult with an electrician before adding a new circuit to ensure that the additional electrical load is not over capacity.
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Recessed Lighting Guide
Recessed lighting is a sophisticated, stylish and versatile option to provide both ambient and task lighting to every area of your home or business. Also known as downlights or can lights, recessed lighting has many residential and commercial uses and is a preferred method of providing dramatic, low-
Recessed lighting is often the optimal choice to accent structural elements or artwork. Building a new home or remodeling a current home are excellent opportunities to consider using recessed lighting is when building a new home or remodeling your current home.
Recessed lighting can be a key element to both the function and style of a space; for this reason, many homeowners choose to replace dated fluorescent light boxes in kitchens and bathrooms with recessed lighting.
If you would like to enhance your home or business in McKinney, Texas by recessed light installation, do some research first! Choosing the right recessed lighting can be difficult. The licensed electricians at Nisat Electric will be happy to consult with you on your lighting needs.