Recessed Lighting

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Recessed lighting helps the homeowner achieve both ambient and accent lighting in a room. Because of its unobtrusive nature, it complements both modern and traditional decor. Since the fixtures are buried into the ceiling, it is one of the best ways to provide lighting in a room without having to be concerned with style issues. Recessed, or can lights, put light where it is needed and do not interfere with the clean horizontal line of the ceiling.

Recessed Lighting Performs Many Functions
When using recessed fixtures for general lighting, it is possible to wash the whole room in ambient light. This is achieved by spacing the fixtures at a uniform distance so that the light overlaps. Recessed lights that have reflectors and baffles are ideal for this type of lighting, as they intensify the quality of the light. When done properly, they will give off glare-free general illumination.

When accent lighting is needed, recessed fixtures can be used to highlight architectural features and artwork. A special kind of recessed lighting is ideal for spot lighting. The eyeball fixture puts out intense light, and its shroud directs the light to a specific area. Low voltage systems reduce the voltage and therefore the heat that is generated, making these fixtures safe and comfortable for interior use.

A room that contains recessed lighting gets direct, intense general illumination that stays out of sight, so there is no need to consider the decor of the room as one would when using a lamp or suspended fixture. By providing bright ambient and accent lighting, recessed fixtures are the solution to a number of lighting needs in the home. They function well and give a clean, contemporary look to any space.


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