Picking the right recessed lighting for your home usually comes down to two decisions; picking the right housing, and picking the right trim. While the trim is typically based on your personal tastes and the existing décor in your home, the housing usually requires a consultation with an electrician, as it can get a little technical.
Trim size and style
The easiest decision to make is trim size and the trim style. These are both mainly aesthetic choices, and as such you have a variety of options. The
majority of trims range in size from 3” to 6” in diameter. Larger trims are able to produce a much broader light, whereas smaller trims are more narrow and focused. A benefit to larger trims is that they fit a wide range of lamps and wattages.
There are also many styles of trim that you can choose from. Some of the most popular include
- Baffle: The main benefit of a baffle trim is its ability to absorb excess light, and thus help prevent glare. These are perfect for living spaces, dining rooms and dens.
- Adjustable: Adjustable trims allow the owner to maneuver the bulb within the recess, and thus point it in a new direction. Adjustable trims are perfect for wall washing and accent lighting.
- Lensed: This trim uses a protective covering to protect the bulb from light impact, water, or other particles. These are best used in showers, bathrooms, or closets.
To pick the correct housing for your recessed lighting, you need to consider if you want new construction or remodeling housing. New construction housing is useful when you have full access to the area above the ceiling, as these housings are bulkier and need to be connected to firmer structures in your home. Remodeling housings are smaller and lighter, and typically can be installed easily with limited access to the area above your ceiling.
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