How to buy recessed lighting. There are
three parts of recessed lighting: housing, trim and the bulb. Housing is the main
protective structure of the fixture that is hidden in the ceiling. Trim is the
molding that covers the ceiling opening around the light. A range of bulb types
can be used in recessed lighting. There are two basic types of housing. New
construction housings are used before the sheetrock or drywall is installed.
Remodel housings are smaller and are used when the ceiling is in place.
Housings also have an IC or insulation contact rating be sure your choice will
pass the building codes in your area. IC rated housings have a heat shield
because they will be in contact with insulation material. Non-IC housings
do not have a shield so they are used in un-insulated ceilings. There are a number
of recessed trims. When choosing, make sure it’s the same size, brand, and
product family. Baffle trim has a ribbed interior that minimizes glare. Reflector
trim has a reflective interior to amplify the illumination. Gimbal trims
pivot and adjust to focus light where you want it. Good for art and other wall
decorations, wall wash trim uses a scoop to direct and confine light to a
specific area of the wall. Light should be placed four to six feet apart for
general room lighting. For task lighting over countertops and other workspaces,
lights can be closer together at one to two feet apart. Lights exposed to water
need to be wet rated. Dimmers add extra versatility and ambiance to your system.
For LEDs, be sure to use an LED compatible dimmer. Convert older recessed to LED with retrofit kits. They screw into the bulb socket and are held in
place with clips. Now you can add recessed lighting to your home. Thanks for watching.