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What is Recessed Lighting?

July 07, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Light Fixtures

One-Light 5-Inch Recessed Ceiling Light Fixture Kit with Black Baffle and White Trim

Recessed lighting provides an efficient, low profile method of illumination for any room in a home. This type of fixture is “recessed” into the ceiling; therefore, an individual does not have to worry about unsightly cords, switches, or ugly lampshades interrupting the décor of the room. In addition to providing a stylish method of task lighting, recessed lighting can also lend decorative elements to the style of a room through its housing and trim. This decorative light fixture is primarily used to enhance the sleekness of a contemporary design in room. It does not call attention to itself. From an individual’s point of view, all that is seen is glowing discs of light. Furthermore, this type of lighting can be used to enhance or showcase decorative elements in a room, such as a painting, piece of furniture, or shelving. The style of housing that a person chooses for their recessed lighting will determine the ambiance the light provides to the room. The housing is responsible for positioning the light and providing power to the bulb.

The housing of the recessed lighting will also determine the type of bulb that is used in the fixture. Generally, with recessed lighting, a person can choose to use fluorescent, halogen, or incandescent bulbs. Each different type of bulb has its own merits. For example, halogen bulbs are extremely energy efficient while incandescent bulbs are adept at providing an ambiance that is warm and inviting. Reflectors in the housing of the decorative recessed lighting allow the light to be filtered so that it may appear softer or harsher according to a person’s individual preference. Additionally, recessed lighting may be rotated to align with different areas of the room in a home. They can be focused to highlight different areas of the room, such as a painting, in addition to providing functionality for reading, watching television, or other activities. The trim around the housing unit of a recessed lighting fixture is the most visible element of the fixture. It is available in a wide variety of materials. It may be clear or plastic to blend in seamlessly with the ceiling or it may be tinted to provide an accent color to a room’s décor.

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