Recessed Lighting FAQs

Recessed Lighting FAQs

With a stylish, low-profile design, recessed lighting offers versatile applications for illuminating practically any area of your home. If you are remodeling or building a new home, the following FAQs and answers from your favorite custom home builder Alabama can help.

What is recessed lighting?

Recessed lighting is a term used to describe fixtures that are installed flush to a ceiling or wall. Recessed lighting is also referred to as can lights and downlights. The three parts of recessed lighting are the housing, the trim and the lamp.

Can I install recessed lighting if there is no access above my ceiling?

Absolutely! In fact, it is quite common to install “remodel” type recessed lighting housings designed for ceilings that are inaccessible from above. “New construction” housings are the term to describe recessed lighting used for accessible space above ceilings.

Can insulation be installed near recessed lighting housing?

Yes. IC-rated housings allow for insulation, either laid in or blown-in type, to be installed on or around the housings. If you choose non-IC-rated housings, your installer must be careful to provide at least 3 inches of space between the housings and insulation.

Can recessed lighting be installed in a bathroom?

Yes. Recessed lighting wet location trims are suitable for installation in bathrooms, above showers and even outdoors.

What size housing can I use?

Recessed lighting is available in several designs, types and sizes — even square trim! Whether you choose 6″, 5″, 4″, 3″ or 2″, there is a lighting size and style to serve your designer eye.

Can I use a dimmer switch?

Yes. The type of dimmer used depends on the type of recessed lighting you install, such as line voltage recessed lighting that uses a standard dimmer or a low voltage build that uses an electronic or magnetic dimmer.

Which is the best lamp to use: incandescent, CFL or LED?

Each type has its pros and cons. Incandescent offers lower initial costs but higher lifetime costs. LEDs are a great choice for aesthetics, minimal heat output and superior energy efficiency — up to 80% more efficient than incandescent.

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