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Choosing Recessed Lighting

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The lighting your home uses is arguably going to be the most important mood- and style-setting element of your home.  Given that fact, selecting the right lighting both in terms of the design of your home as well as the appliances, wiring, and accessories that you choose to have accompany your lighting scheme is vital to presenting your home as you like; after all, you’re the one who is going to have to live in that home for years to come, and if the lighting is bad, you’re either going to end up feeling uncomfortable in your home or else you’re going to have to pay for some expensive renovations and electrical work. Both of these outcomes are undesirable, which is why it’s so wise to be researching lighting options now. For example, have you considered recessed lighting in your home’s design and flow?

Why

Recessed lighting is a lighting scheme that provides a clean, streamlined look to how your home is designed and built. With recessed lighting, you have light sources that are installed into the home itself – either into the ceiling or in some cases into the wall. Rather than having lamps and light bulbs poking out and looking, we must admit, rather ugly or ostentatious, you instead have small “holes” or cubbies made for your lighting to be installed into.

Recessed lighting can actually decrease the amount of light that a room gets from its light sources owing to the fact that the entire bulb is not exposed when lit. However, it can also increase the amount of light a room gets owing to how the light is angled and designed to enter the room. Effectively, you have more control over how a room looks and feels when you plan out recessed lighting either for construction or renovation/redesigning.

When and Where

Of course, recessed lighting isn’t for every room or even every home. Generally speaking, it is most convenient to install recessed lighting when you are already undertaking a major remodeling project with a room; otherwise, the amount of work it will require to install the lighting may very well seem like a bit of a waste. Some fixtures can be retrofitted, but you should find out if this is the case in your particular instance or not before attempting to install them.

So, where should you put your recessed lighting fixtures once you have them? You have a variety of options, but you should try to make sure they are appropriately distanced from each other. You should also make sure your room will get all the light it needs. With the right design, you’ll breathe new life into your home!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com