A Recessed Light is a fixture of light that is installed in a hollow opening in the ceiling. It gives a bright ray of light shining down from the ceiling. The light is concentrated either like a narrow spotlight or a broad floodlight in a downward direction. A recessed light has three fixtures namely trim, bulb and housing. The visible part if the light is the trim, and the insert can be seen when you look up at the fixture in the ceiling while the housing is the lamp holder that is installed inside the ceiling. The recessed light fixtures can accommodate many types of bulbs considering the amount of heat generated by the bulb.
Choosing the Housing of a Recessed Light
Picking a housing for a recessed light needs a little technical knowledge. You have to consider things like whether the recessed light are being installed in a newly construction or in a ceiling of an already constructed house. The housings are bulkier in new construction as the electrician has full access to the ceiling during installation, while less bulky housings are suitable for apartments with less space but holes are definitely made in the ceilings. Another aspect of consideration is to demine whether an IC or Non IC rated components is required. Lastly the voltage whether low or high is needed to illuminate a particular area.
Size of the Trim
A trim of a recessed light can be chosen according to your personal choice as it will reflect your style. The sizes of the trims range from 3” to 6” in diameter. Larger sized trims produce a broader beam of light while the smaller ones are modern and decorative and usually more desirable. The 6” trims are for larger illumination in residential homes as it can accommodate high wattages and many efficient lamps. The 4” and 5” trims are for accent and task lighting for shorter distances.
Multitude of Trim Styles
Once you have decided on the size of the trim you need to select a trim style which depends on the application and the effect you desire. The various styles are the Baffle Trim, Reflector Trim, Adjustable Trim, Lensed Trim, Wall Washed Trim and the Decorative Trims. A baffle trim is the perfect choice for living rooms, dining rooms and the bedroom while a Reflector trim works best for high ceilings or commercial applications. All styles of trims come in multiple colors and tints.
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