Pros & Cons of Recessed Lighting

Pros & Cons of Recessed Lighting

Feb 19th 2018 Staff

There are many reasons why recessed lighting could be a great fit for your home, and also many reasons why recessed lighting could be a terrible idea. Consider these pros and cons of recessed lighting before you start cutting holes in your ceiling.

Advantages of Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is an important tool to provide more functional space within your home. Recessed lighting may not be aesthetically pleasing, but they do their job and they do it well. Additionally, recessed lighting covers the entire room because of the way they are spaced, unlike specific light fixtures like a table lamp here and a hanging light there. If there is only a single ceiling light fixture in the room, you may not be able to properly illuminate the corners of the room where desk or work space may be. Finally, recessed lighting never goes out of style! Recessed lights will continue to be used in homes solely for their functional purpose for years to come.

Disadvantages of Recessed Lighting

While recessed lights are great for their functional purpose, they can also be really difficult to install. Recessed lighting requires you to cut out holes in your ceiling and, depending on the light fixture you get, remove insulation surrounding them to avoid sparking a fire. That means your ceiling could get drafty! On top of that, you typically need numerous recessed lights to properly illuminate your room because of their small coverage area when there’s only a few of them.

There are clearly several pros and cons of incorporating recessed lighting in your home. So, how do you determine if they are the right fit for your design style and functionality need? First consider what rooms you think recessed lights would be beneficial. Recessed lights are often used in kitchens, living rooms, and other large spaces like basements. If you find yourself complaining that any of these spaces are not properly lit for working or atmosphere, recessed lighting could help. If you often feel comfortable with the amount of lighting in these spaces, then recessed lighting may not be the option for you. Consider instead changing up the other light fixtures in your space to get a fresh look that fits your design style.

If you’re still not sure whether or not recessed lighting is right for your home, stop into your local Hortons where one of our expert lighting professionals can help you way your options further.

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