Types of Recessed Lighting

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Posted on July 12, 2011

Recessed lights offer a wide range of options for the homeowner. They can provide a blanket of inconspicuous room-filling light when installed correctly while simultaneously reducing the need for clutter-causing lamps. There are many different types of recessed light fixtures to choose from and they are available in many sizes. In addition, with so many decorative trims available, customizing the look of your room is a breeze.


IC-rated recessed light fixtures: These are manufactured exclusively for installation in a ceiling where insulation is present.

Non-IC-rated recessed light fixtures: These fixtures are only allowed for use in an installation where insulation will not come in contact with the housing, as that can lead to fires.

Both types of fixtures are available in “air-tight” models, which are designed to eliminate air leakage into the area above the ceiling. They are also available in both old and new work construction models.

However, if you are simply installing new cost-efficient light bulbs in a lighting system already present, you need to know the difference between LED bulbs and CFL bulbs.

LED Bulbs

LED i.e. light-emitting diode bulbs are probably best used in recessed lighting. The light only emanates from the top half of the bulb, which is great for recessed lighting (since the bulbs will mainly be pointing downward) but would not be useful in an office environment. It is common knowledge that, LEDs can last up to ten times longer than CFL bulbs. They can handle small bumps without being damaged and they warm up quickly, unlike the slow warm-up time of other bulbs. While, the cost of a single light bulb ranges from $20 to $120, in the long run, LEDs are cost-effective.

CFL Bulbs

CFL i.e. compact fluorescent bulbs use 66 percent less electricity to produce light compared to other bulbs. Like LED bulbs, they can be expensive to buy, but they also last longer than a regular light bulb. A helpful tip for CFL bulbs: twist by the plastic base. Twisting the glass tube might cause cracking, which would reduce bulb life.

Finally, you need to keep in mind that irrespective of types of fixtures or bulbs, correctly spacing the lights is the key when installing a lighting system in a room with no previous recessed lighting.