Recessed Lighting Tips

Are you building a new home, renovating your home, creating or updating a commercial space? Recessed lighting is a great option to consider. When placed properly you can open up space, making rooms look bigger while still getting the light you need. Their contemporary look combine function, cost-savings, and ambiance – accenting artwork and special features.

The sleek design of recessed lighting works well in many homes, retail establishments and commercial dwellings. They can be installed with an occupancy detector, so they turn on when you want them to and save on costs when you don’t want them to be on. You can also put them on a dimmer switch. There are so many possibilities to create the look you are looking for.

Our Recessed Lighting Recommendations:

  • Do not place recessed lighting fixtures too close together or in rows in the center of a room from an aesthetic perspective. A good rule of thumb is that four-inch fixtures be placed about four feet apart and six-inch fixtures six feet apart. The reason we recommend this is if lighting is placed too close together your living room may look like an airport runway.
  • Create focal points and contrast. This is especially true for kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, retail outlets – essentially anywhere. Focus on the areas that need to be highlighted or used most while creating ambient lighting in other areas.
  • Talk to your electrician about money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs.
  • Save on costs by using recessed ‘can’ lighting to replace or simply not purchase a ceiling light.
  • Have them installed so they fit into an existing space and ensure the fixtures you choose are rated for use near insulation (IC housing rated) or when a ceiling is not insulated ensure a non-IC housing is used.
  • Hire an experienced electrician that will do an inspection of your property, provide information about code standards and give you advice on the best way to create the setting you are looking for.

Check out these tips for getting the most of your electrical inspection.

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