Considerations for Upgrading Your Mounted Light Fixtures to Recessed Lighting

Lighting is a necessary part of any indoor structure. The type of lighting chosen is dependent upon what you are trying to accomplish. Here are a few things to consider when you are thinking about changing from mounted light fixtures to recessed lighting.

When to use mounted lights versus recessed lights

Mounted light fixtures can come in a variety of styles, shapes, sizes, and colors. Mounted lights are part of a room’s decor and can be used to add decorative lighting. Smaller rooms with high ceilings are ideal for mounted lights as a single light will do for providing ample light to the space. Larger spaces require multiple light fixtures which can make a room feel cluttered and mounted fixtures on low ceilings can make a room feel smaller.

Recessed lighting is great for providing more light to larger spaces without being obtrusive. More lights can be used without causing the room to feel cluttered. Recessed lights can be strategically placed throughout rooms to highlight certain areas such as bathtubs, sinks, and even artwork. Recessed lighting can be installed in varying sizes, locations and quantities to achieve the desired light. The space between lights will depend on the ceiling height, general illumination goals, architectural details, and any additional lighting available.

Lighting Trims

Recessed lighting can be installed with a variety of different trims which appeal to differing aesthetics.

Flangeless trim – flush with the ceiling for a high-end look.
Flanged trim – a thin ceiling flange that sits on the ceiling’s surface
Square aperture – a square trim casing for a more modern architectural appeal
Round aperture – rounded trim, a classic and simplistic look also appealing to contemporary and transitional styles
Flat trim – for a clean and minimalistic look
Bevel trim – adds a visual depth to the lighting features=
Trim color – trim can come in a variety of different colors including black, white, satin nickel, brass, bronze, etc. It is usually encouraged by designers to have trim match the color of the ceiling. Trim can also be made to blend into wood and stone ceilings.

Additional Features

No matter what lighting you have, you have the option to add a dimming capability to your lights. Dimming the lights is not just great for areas that are considered entertainment spaces such as living rooms. Dimmers are great for any room where you may want to relax, such as bedrooms or bathrooms with tubs. Make sure to have dimming switches and the correct wiring installed when upgrading your lighting.

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