If you are looking for a quick and easy way to improve your home's interior, add energy efficiency and create a great aesthetic, look no further than recessed lighting. Recessed lighting is lighting that is installed directly into the ceiling, with the light fixture hidden in a small hollowed out area. There are a few benefits to recessed lighting that make it a great choice when you are looking to change out or improve your home's light fixture situation.
One of the best benefits of recessed lighting is that most recessed lighting fixtures are low-voltage fixtures. Low-voltage fixtures use less electricity to light up your room. Instead of using 120 volts of electricity, most low-voltage bulbs only need to use 12 volts. On top of that, you can have recessed fixtures installed that accept low-voltage LED lightbulbs. LED lightbulbs use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. Combine low-voltage fixtures with LED lightbulbs and you are looking at great savings each month on your energy bills!
The light fixtures standardly used for recessed lighting, as well as the bulbs, are very lightweight. When installing the recessed lighting, due to the lightweight nature of the fixtures, they do not have to affixed to to wall studs or to joists in order to be secure. This gives you more freedom when it comes to choose where to install your lighting, rather than being tied down to having to affix light fixtures in areas with wall studs that can support heavy fixtures properly.
Not only do recessed lighting save space by being installed into the ceiling, but they also give the room that the lighting is installed in the illusion of space. Recessed lighting tends to make a room look bigger a few ways. First, due to the lack of hanging light fixtures it gives the illusion that the ceilings are higher than they actually are. Secondly, due to an effect called wall washing, the room in which you install the recessed lighting will look bigger. Wall washing is a technique by which all the walls are "washed" with light. The light from recessed lighting is cast more fully around the room, washing the entire space, thereby brightening the space and making it appear more open.
Recessed lighting is a great idea for anyone who is looking to give their home a more sleek, sharp, updated look. With no fixtures hanging down into the space of the room, sharper lines are created. Recessed lighting can be installed directionally, meaning you can use groupings of light to highlight specific areas of your room. For example, you may want 2 or 3 fixtures directed at a workspace in your kitchen or directed at your hearth to highlight the center of your living room.
The minimalist look of recessed lighting is also highly customizable. There are many different choices when it comes to the trim, which are usually small rings, that you want surrounding the embedded light fixture. For those who don't want to draw attention to their lighting rings in the same color of as your ceiling will seamlessly blend the fixtures into the ceiling. Stainless steel rings are a great choice if you want to accent your lighting, without adding bulk or taking away from the recessed aesthetic completely.
In order to add recessed lighting to your home you will have to hire an electrician for more information on recessed lighting installation. Some electricians will be able to hollow out the correct portions of your ceiling in order to install the light fixtures, as well as ensure that everything is wired correctly. Installing recessed lighting tends to be a bit bigger job than just switching out light fixtures, but the advantages to recessed lighting make it a great way to improve and update your home.
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