JUNE 2010: Recessed Lighting Fixtures

Oct 28th 2015 Staff

Recessed lighting fixtures are a versatile, practical way to illuminate any space, but they work especially well in rooms with low ceilings and limited floor area. When you wish to avoid clutter in your living area, bedroom or office, recessed lighting is a contemporary, streamlined option that can warm entire rooms, accent artwork or replace traditional bathroom ceiling lights.

The Basics of Recessed Lighting Fixtures

It is easy to install recessed cans between ceiling joists while building your home, but some can fixtures are also designed to retrofit homes with existing wiring. If your ceiling is insulated, choose recessed lighting fixtures that are rated for use near insulation, since the heat they generate could be a safety concern.

When you install recessed lighting fixtures, remember the following tips:

  • Avoid placing recessed cans in a long row down the middle of a room, since close, central positioning becomes distracting. Instead, place cans several feet apart, and install them around the room's perimeter.
  • When you wish to highlight a painting, sculpture or valuable antique, install a can light directly above the piece. For a well-rounded, three-dimensional look, light your object from two to three directions and install lighting controls for dimming.
  • Place recessed lighting fixtures in the base of your cabinets, allowing them to brighten counter work space without getting in the way.

When you need tips for selecting bathroom ceiling lights, installing lighting controls or lighting your home's interior, visit at Hortons Home Lighting store.

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