Recessed lights have long been a solid choice in areas that don’t have enough headroom for light fixtures that hang down, but they’re also becoming a popular stylistic choice. Also called can lights, pot lights, or downlights, recessed lights are installed within the ceiling so that they are flush with the ceiling surface. Usually controlled by dimmer switches or smart home technology, they work well in almost any room of the house, as accent, ambient, or task lighting. Now that they are available as LED lights, recessed LED lighting provides more benefits than ever.
Energy Efficiency and Bulb Life
First and foremost, LED bulbs use less energy and last longer than traditional bulbs. LEDs use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and 30% less energy than CFLs. LED bulbs also last longer, usually around 10 years, which is great for recessed lighting, since it is usually pretty high up.
Choice of Placement
Recessed lighting has traditionally been complicated to install because the fixtures have to have enough space and fit between joists. LED recessed lighting is incredibly thin, often needing no more space than the thickness of drywall. Now you can place the lights exactly where you want them, so that the end result is evenly spaced, runs parallel to the wall, or otherwise achieves whatever look you’re going for.
Light Quality and Options
LEDs produce very crisp, clean light in a variety of temperatures – no, you won’t be stuck with cold, blue-white lights. These bulbs don’t emit any harmful light that could hurt your artwork either. Finally, you may have heard that LEDs don’t work with dimmers, but that is completely untrue. LED recessed lighting offers tons of options and features to suit your needs.
Safe for Insulated Ceilings
Many new homes and renovation projects are including insulation in the ceilings. This is usually done to reduce noise between the floors of the home, but insulation between the downstairs ceiling and the upstairs floor can also help with fire safety. LED lighting has very little heat output so it is safe to install in insulated ceilings without complex safety measures.
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