Recessed lighting has become much more of a standard in both new home construction and in home remodeling projects. The effect of using recessed lighting is a look that is sleek and modern as well as being energy efficient. Most recessed lights are installed to adjust brightness to turn the overall look of a room from bright, to softly muted areas of light and shadow.
Recessed lighting can be used all over the home, not just in living room areas, but also kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms as well. The way to make recessed lighting work for you is to consider all of the areas of a space and how they will be used. Whether you are installing recessed lighting in new construction, or changing out older, less functional lighting in an existing space, there are a few things to remember.
Be sure to space your recessed lights at least two feet from the wall to make the best use of light in any space.
When you are dealing with 6” recessed lights, they should typically be spaced about 7 feet apart in a room that has a standard 8 — 8.5 foot ceiling.
If you are using recessed lighting to focus attention on a piece of artwork, such as framed paintings or sculpture for example, be sure to use a 4-inch, low voltage lamp for each picture. Larger works of art may require two or three lights in order to adequately highlight the piece.
Recessed lighting fixtures are available in a number of voltages and styles depending on what is appropriate for your home. Typically, the more efficient recessed light fixtures for the home come in either fluorescent or LED types.
One of the most popular types of ballasts being used by contractors for home building and remodeling are fluorescent T8 ballast. These are more energy efficient than T12 ballasts and don’t have the noise or hum that many fluorescent bulbs have. LED light fixtures are fairly recent in the market and consumers have embraced the transition to LED lights with enthusiasm. While the cost outlay for LED light fixtures and bulbs may be slightly higher, these types of lights save up to 80% in energy efficiency in terms of cost. Both fluorescent and LED lights last substantially longer than incandescent lights and can add up to real savings in your overall energy bill.
When planning out your recessed lighting needs, consult with a lighting designer to help determine which type of recessed lighting canister you will need and the safety and depth requirements for your project.