Recessed lighting provides a home with visually appealing lighting, but doing can also be tricky. Improper installations and door design choices can result in a lot of frustrating repairs with your electrician. Proper lighting can not only spare you the trouble of rewiring your house, it can help you save money on your utility bills and make your house shine on the inside and outside.
Why Recessed Lighting is a Good Choice
If you think it’s time for a lighting upgrade, you’ll want to consider installing some recessed lighting. Installed in your ceiling, recessed lighting saves you the trouble of relying on multiple lamps to give your home that comfortable glow. If you’re not satisfied with how your house is currently lighted, here are a few ways you can benefit from recessed lighting.
- It makes your rooms look bigger. One of the best benefits of recessed lighting is how it can make a room visually bigger. It does so because the fixture itself is installed inside your ceiling, removing any hanging light fixtures that can get in the way. Recessed lighting also creates an effect called wall washing, where the light fixture casts more light on the walls and helping to give the impression that your room has more space.
- It can give an artistic flair. Recessed lighting is also a great tool for accentuating a painting, work of art, or piece of furniture in your home. If you’re feeling artistic, some recessed lighting fixtures can a dramatic effect.
- There are several options. Another great benefit to recessed lighting is just how much you can do with it. Whether it’s the color, trim, reflectors, or the type of light bulbs, there’s a lot you can do to customize your recessed lighting fixtures.
Some Helpful Hints When It Comes to Recessed Lighting
So you decided you’re sold on recessed lighting, great! Now you need to sort a few things out. Namely what you want for your lighting and how you plan to do it. Since your home’s lighting can be a complicated project, it’s best to get a professional opinion before you get started. Unless you’re a licensed electrician, you’re putting yourself and your home’s electrical system at risk if you try installing the light fixtures yourself. To get the best of your new recessed lighting, there are a few things you need to consider between yourself and the electrician.
- Deciding on a focal point. If you’re feeling artistic and you want a recessed light shining directly above something, that should be your starting point. Deciding your focal points can also depend on the room. A kitchen, for example, should have a focal point over the sink or stovetop, a bathroom needs a focal point over the vanity, and your foyer could use a light right next to the entryway.
- The height of your ceiling. Knowing the height of your ceiling not only helps to determine where you should install your lights but how far apart each light fixture should be. A good rule of thumb for determining the right space between light fixtures is to divide the height of the ceiling by two. If a room has a 10-foot ceiling, then each light should be 5 feet apart. Measuring the height of your ceiling for space between each light fixture, however, doesn’t guarantee a properly lit room, as that can depend on multiple factors.
- Dark corners. You’ll want to avoid shadows in the corners, which means all recessed lights need to be at least three feet away from the wall. Any shadows cast on the wall can give the illusion that the ceiling is sinking, and can be easily avoided if the light fixtures are installed at an appropriate distance.
- Total wattage required. Before you get started, it’s also important to determine how much wattage is needed to properly light up each room. Similar to how you can determine the proper distance between light fixtures, you can also determine how much wattage is needed by multiplying the length of the room by the width and then multiply the area by 1.5. Consulting with an electrician can also help you to determine exactly how much wattage will be needed per room.
- Dimmer or no dimmer. Although not necessary, dimmer lights add a nice touch. Installing a dimmer switch for your recessed lights involves a little extra work, but it gives you more control over the lighting in your room. Lights with a dimmer switch can also save you money by emitting less light than light fixtures without a dimmer switch.
It’s Time to Give Your Home the Lighting It Deserves
A properly lit home can add a great sense of style and comfort, but to do so will require proper planning and installation. If you’re ready to add some recessed track lighting to your home, you’ll need some professional help. A licensed electrician can help determine what will best serve your lighting needs and ensure everything is installed safely. Don’t live another day under mediocre and unsafe lighting.
Call JDV Electric today for more information on recessed lighting!