In contrast to pendant lights that hang from your ceiling, modern recessed lighting is set into your ceiling and largely hidden from view. Also, while pendant lights come in elaborate forms, shapes and styles, recessed lights tend to be more utilitarian. That’s not to say that modern recessed lights can’t look good or be adapted to your unique style and décor, because they can. Modern recessed lighting comes in a variety of finishes and styles that you can pick and choose from to complement the room around it. That being said, the real strength of recessed lighting is its ability to project focused light into the room below it. This ability to focus light and thus attention, on the environment below it, transforms recessed lighting into a tool that enhances rather than detracts from the décor around it. Put another way, while stylized pendant lights can divert attention away from the pieces and room they are meant to illuminate, recessed lights actually enhance their surroundings by being less visible. When shopping for modern recessed lighting, the major components you’ll need to consider are your lighting’s housing, trim, and finish.
Modern Recessed Lighting Housing Picking the right recessed lighting housing can be a bit technical, and may require dedicated research and/or speaking to an electrician or other lighting professional. Here are the major factors to consider when narrowing down the right recessed lighting housing for your unique situation:
Construction Type – Are your lights being installed as part of the construction of a room or the remodeling of one? If you’re building a room, “New Construction” lighting housings are installed before drywall is installed in the ceiling. “New Construction” housings are larger than their remodeling counterparts and are installed between joist beams or onto hanger bars. On the other hand, “Remodel” housings are designed to be installed in a room with an existing ceiling already in place. They are smaller and designed to be installed through a drilled hole in the drywall.
Insulation Type – Modern recessed lighting housings are classes as either IC-Rated or Non-IC Rated. IC-Rated fixtures can safely be installed in insulated ceilings because they are built to release less heat and can come into contact with insulation. Conversely, Non-IC Rated housings aren’t designed to come into contact with insulation and should only be installed in un-insulated ceilings.
Voltage – Line voltage operates directly off your house’s standard 120 volt current and is suited for general room illumination. Low voltage is more energy efficient because it uses a 12-volt current, although it requires a special transformer to do so, and is particularly suited to accent lighting.
Modern Recessed Lighting Trim Size + Style The lighting trim size, style, and finish are the visible aspects of a modern recessed light, and the aspect of your light you can and should design around the room and décor you plan to surround it with. Trim size refers to the interior diameter of the recessed trim. Modern recessed lighting trims generally fall between 3 to 6 inches, although you can find specialized trims outside of that range. Smaller trims in the 3-4 inch range are most commonly used for focused, task lighting, while trims 5 inches and up are preferable for wider, whole-room illumination. Recessed lighting trim styles vary widely but some of the more popular styles include Decorative, Open, Stepped Baffle, Gimbal Ring, and Shower styles.
Decorative Style: Decorative trims tend to stand out more than any other trim style, not only because they come in increasingly stylized and elaborate shapes, but also because they tend to descend further down the ceiling than other types of recessed lights.
Open Style: Open trims tend to be larger than other trims, and make use of their wider diameters to create a more open space in the interior of the trim. This openness is embodied in a more noticeable layer of space between interior trim walls and light bulb.
Stepped Baffle Style: Stepped baffle trims feature grooves in their interior that are used to absorb excess light and reduce glare. Baffle trims are especially suited for task lighting where the too much light or glare can detract from the object or space they spotlight.
Gimbal Ring Style: Gimbal Ring trims fall on the smaller end of the trim spectrum at around 3 to 4 inches in diameter. As opposed to other trims that once installed, can only spotlight the area directly below them, Gimbal Ring trims can be rotated and maneuvered to shine light on an adjacent object or place.
Shower Style: Like their name would suggest, shower trims are designed for use in showers or similarly wet environments. The “UL Listed” check boxes on the left-hand side of the page can be used to filter Shower and other trims that are particularly suited to damp and wet locations.
Description: Iside collection. Housing: Standard. Fully recessed housing equipped with thermal protection and junction box that houses the hand molded Murano glass diffuser secured by a metal ring and screws (provided). Low voltage.
Description: Iside collection. Housing: I.C.. Fully recessed housing equipped with thermal protection and junction box that houses the hand molded Murano glass diffuser secured by a metal ring and screws (provided). Low voltage.
Description: Fully recessed housing equipped with thermal protection, magnetic transformer and junction box that houses the hand-molded Murano glass diffuser. Suitable for installation in most types of modular ceilings and new construction. Mounting bars are provided with the new construction housing ...