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Types of  Recessed Lighting Ideas for a Brighter Home

recessed-pot-lights-imagesLighting is one of the most important aspects of any home, it would be nearly impossible to live in a home that did not have lights. Recessed lighting is one of the most popular types of lighting because it leaves the lines of your ceiling unbroken. Many people like the clean and modern look of recessed lights. If you install recessed lighting there are some things you should know about selecting recessed lighting.
When selecting recessed lighting, also known as pot lights, the first thing you will need to decide is the proper size of fixture for your needs. The basic sizes are 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch and 6 inch cans. The general rule of recessed lighting is the lower the ceiling, or the smaller the room, the smaller the pot light you will need. An example of this is that 4 inch fixtures are recommended for ceilings that are 8 meters or lower. When installing recessed lighting for general lighting it is best to use 5 inch or 6 inch cans. If you are using the recessed light to highlight artwork then you should use 3 inch or 4 inch can fixtures.
indoor-recessed-lighting-imagesWhen selecting recessed lighting you will also have to decide on what voltage you want to operate your lights. Typical pot lights use 120v but they can be purchased that operate on a 12v voltage. The 12v lights require a transformer that reduces your house current to 12v. This transformer will need to be replaced every 4 years. The advantage of 12v fixtures is that the bulbs last a long time and they are more energy efficient.

You will also need to choose among several different types of trim rings. The trim ring is the portion of the pot light that you can see, and they each have various purposes. Baffle trim is used for general lighting applications.  An eyeball trim is a type of trim that is adjustable and can be rotated 360 degrees and can also be angled from 30 to 45 degrees. Eyeball trim is great for lighting a specific area or item. Wall wash trim is used when the light will be installed close to a wall, with this type of trim half of the can is covered which aims the light away from the wall, leaving the wall behind the can dark, this gives a unique look to any room. You can also choose a reflector trim it will have a reflector ring that can be purchased in several different colors, these colors can create some very dramatic lighting effects. The last type of trim is vapor tight trim and is generally used in bathrooms or other damp areas. This type of trim creates an airtight seal around the light when assembled.
recessed-lighting-imagesAnother concern that you will have when selecting recessed lighting is the type of housing you need. You should always use IC or airtight rated housings for safety. There is another housing called non-IC but this type of housing becomes hot when the lights are being used. When installing non-IC rated housings they cannot be installed within 3 inch of the insulation or anything else that is flammable. It is best to use IC rated housings for most applications and airtight housings where there is the possibility of moisture. You could also choose to use airtight housings throughout you home because they are more energy efficient. Another difference in housings that you need to be aware of when selecting recessed lighting is that there is a type used for new construction and a type used for existing homes. The last choice you will have is what type of light bulbs to use in your pot lights. You can choose standard incandescent bulbs, floodlights, spotlights, halogen, and many others.

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