What to Consider When Choosing Recessed Lighting for Your Custom Home

September 25, 2017

When dreaming up your custom home, it’s important to think about lighting. How much natural light will be provided through windows and skylights? What sort of lighting fixtures will help enhance the atmosphere of your rooms? The options for lighting fixtures are endless, ranging from ornate chandeliers to simple recessed lighting.

What is Recessed Lighting?

A recessed light fixture is embedded into a ceiling or wall. They are contained within a hollow opening, or container, and so are “recessed” into place. These lights can create a great atmosphere because they act similarly to spotlights without taking up space. The circular recess serves to concentrate the light in a specific place.

Pros of Recessed Lighting

No Gaudy Fixtures

Recessed lights are installed above the ceiling line, or integrated into walls, which means they are barely visible. If you want to go for a simplistic, postmodern look, these should pull it off nicely.

Customize with Trims and Baffles

If not, you can always add trims and baffles. Trims are metal or plastic circles that border the recess of the lights. Baffles are the insert that can direct light to certain places and in certain shapes.

Illuminate Pools and Bathrooms

Given their coverage, recessed lights are the perfect fit for wet environments like pools and restrooms. They can be easily sealed, so their safety is assured.

Cons of Recessed Lighting

Many Fixtures to Light a Large Room

If your goal is to fully illuminate a large room, then recessed lighting may not be the way to go. In order to compensate you would need many, many fixtures installed.

Extensive Wiring

This is further complicated by the fact that recessed lights require extensive wiring.

Air Leaks

Recessed lighting has a tendency to leak air. Being on the ceiling means they are located where heat congregates. If they are not airtight, they can allow air to pass through them into the attic, compromising your attic insulation. In order to prevent this, you will need to insulate or seal them appropriately.

Unfortunately, sealing isn’t an option for all types of recessed lighting. In some cases, too much insulation on lights can trap the heat they produce and create a potential fire hazard. If you suspect your recessed lighting is leaking air, it’s best to get a few expert opinions on the best way to insulate or seal them without creating a hazard in your home.

No Easy Rearranging

Recessed lighting also has an air of permanence. They’re not like table lamps that can be easily moved to a new area. Once recessed lights are installed, you cannot rearrange them without extensive work and rewiring. If you plan on rearranging the room over the years, this type of lighting may not be for you.

Recessed lights are definitely unique and can fill a much-needed niche, but they aren’t necessarily a good fit for every room. That’s where an expert opinion or two can help you out. If you’re ready to build your dream custom home, contact us today!