Recessed lighting dates back to new home construction of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Within the past couple of decades, a re-emergence of recessed can lights and other styles of recessed lighting have occurred. A more modern and environmentally-friendly version to consider is LED recessed light fixtures. Office and industrial facilities are beginning to use commercial electric recessed lighting for their lighting needs as well.
Advantages of using Halo lighting
Halo lighting refers to a type of recessed lighting that is used commercially and residentially to better illuminate key spaces and is characterized by the housing and reflective rim that the light bulb is surrounded by. Halo lighting/recessed lighting creates more illumination and uses less energy because the housing and reflective rim bounces the light off of them.
Types of recessed lighting
There are typically two types of recessed lighting that are available on the market:
- Floodlights or indirect lighting – generally used for adding ambient lighting to a room, this type of recessed lighting and recessed can lights are ideal for lighting up bathrooms, kitchens, and other large spaces in the home.
- Downlights or spotlights – used as accent lighting to highlight key areas in the room or to illuminate artwork and collectibles that are on display in that room.
Recessed lighting is cost-effective, can be customized, are functional, can be installed anywhere, and are unobtrusive.
Suggestions for purchasing recessed lights
In order to choose the right recessed lighting, you need to be aware of several factors. The following will give you an idea of what you should consider before making your final purchasing decision:
- Determine your illumination needs by taking the décor of the room and your lighting requirements into consideration.
- Be sure you consider the type of recessed light bulbs that you are going to use. For instance, “A” bulbs are inexpensive and ideal for ambient lighting while “R” bulbs project light forward but cost more to operate.
- Choose the type of recessed light bulbs housing you need.
- Choose the color and trim based on personal preference and what best fits the décor of the room.
- Decide on whether or not you want to use dimmer switches to create a particular mood or setting.
Finally, consider shopping at home improvement stores for the recessed lighting you are looking for. Otherwise, visit the American Lighting Association website to find a member showroom that carries what you are looking for.