Recessed Lighting Design Tips
Posted on July 12, 2011
Recessed lighting allows you to design with imagination! These lighting fixtures come in several shapes and finishes and can be used in a number of creative ways. Recessed lights can add drama or accent, pizzazz and sparkle. In addition, they can be relatively easy to install and affordable. Recessed lighting offers a clean, streamlined look that traditional fixtures can’t quite pull off. You can use it in just about any room and on the exterior of your home. Once you know the lighting effect that you are going for, you can purchase the appropriate fixtures, bulbs and trim.
When to Use Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting can increase the amount of light in a room, highlight artwork or other special features, and open up spaces so they look and feel bigger. For best effect, light the chosen area from two to three different angles. Consider using adjustable eyeball fixtures. These allow you to adjust the beam of light in order to better capture or highlight the display. You can also place recessed lights in eaves, cantilevered floors, etc. to illuminate or highlight features of your house. By using soft, low wattage bulbs you create a very soft low lighting mood. High intensity lights can be used at workstations and reading areas.
Where to Place Recessed Lighting Fixtures
Recessed lights work particularly well with other fixtures. Modernistic dining rooms provide a great place for recessed lighting. For your living room, use recessed along with a chandelier or ceiling fan. Recessed lighting can be used above a bathroom vanity, bathroom mirror, tub or shower. Use a wet location trim for outdoor and bathroom lighting. Finally, you should consider using recessed lighting in deep hallways or the interior of closets. You will be surprised how striking the effect really is!
Recessed Lighting Fixture Sizes
Fixtures are available in 4, 5 and 6 inches. Six-inch fixtures are best suited for tall hallways or entry ways. Four-inch fixtures are meant for small spaces, such as bathrooms and kitchens, since they have a sleeker, contemporary look with minimal intrusion. The golden rule is: the bigger your fixture is, the more space you’ll need between each light. Also, your trim should suit the amount of light you want in a particular room, as well as the decor.
A final piece of advice would be to learn about your home and its construction before purchasing any lighting components, as each installation will be unique.