Lighting fixtures are both a functional and aesthetic component of interiors, be it residential or commercial. Lighting fixtures are in fact so important that they can either make or break a well-designed interior space. Along with the ambient atmosphere they create in a living space, the form and function of the lighting fixtures also play a major role in contributing to the overall interior design. Recessed lights are widely used these days, both in residential and commercial spaces owing to their minimalistic design and contemporary approach. In addition, high end LED recessed lights are widely used as they come with a lot of advantages like high energy efficiency, long life, durability etc. Before we dig into how these LED recessed lights must be installed into interior living spaces, let’s briefly discuss about the advantages of LED and introduce ourselves to the world of recessed lighting.
Advantages of LED Lights
LED lights are of high regard these days for many revolutionary factors. A few of them are listed below:
• LED lights are almost 80% more energy efficient that the traditional incandescent bulbs.
• LED lights produce the least amount of carbon dioxide emissions and hence are eco-friendly.
• LED lights are known for their ridiculously long life, accounting up to 60,000 hours of illumination when compared to a mere 1200 hours of illumination life of incandescent bulbs.
• LED lights are highly focused and render high coverage when compared to their counterparts.
• Lastly, LED office lights are cheap, durable and hence cost-efficient.
LED Recessed Lights – An Overview
Recessed lights are those lighting fixtures which are ingrained into the ceiling or wall. Hence these lighting fixtures are very minimal in nature and are categorized based on the size, design and patterns of their trims and the type of light they emit. Every recessed light has two main components namely ‘Housing’ which is the internal part of the setup that lies within the ceiling or wall, and the other being the ‘Trim’ which is basically the visible rim outside which encloses the setup and gives a defining shape to the fixture. Recessed lights (lighting.about.com/od/Glossary/a/Recessed-Light.htm) that use LED lights are known as LED recessed lights and there are many types of LED recessed lights based on their quality and functionality, namely High end LED Recessed Lights and Double LED Recessed Lights. High-end LED recessed lights are nothing but expensive fixtures made of avant-garde materials and defined by spellbound design. Double LED recessed lights are those that have two focus lights adjacent to each other in the setup to encourage wider coverage and greater intensity.
How To Pick LED Recessed Lights? – A Few Professional Tips
Recessed lights are certainly more complicated than the regular lighting fixtures and one should follow these important factors to select the right kind of recessed lighting fixture.
• Mind the Housing – There are two kinds of housing amongst recessed lights namely ‘New Construction’ and ‘Remodel’ and as the names imply, one could choose the New Construction housing when the floor is accessible to install the setup and Remote housing when it is not accessible.
• IC and Non-IC Rated – IC or Non-IC rated components can be chosen for LED recessed lights based on the distance from which the thermal insulation is placed. While an IC rated component can come in direct contact with the thermal insulation, a Non-IC rated component has to be placed at a safe distance of 3 inches.
• Line or Low Voltage – One must also consider the power requirement and usage of the recessed Led light setup. One can choose the line setup for normal operation under 120 volt current and there is no need for transformers or dimmers. However, one must choose the low voltage setup under energy saving conditions as they use only 12 volt electric current and also need dimmers to create ambient lighting or task lighting based on the preference.
• Trim Size and Style – Lastly, one must ensure that the size of the trim is somewhere between 3 to 6 inches based on individual preferences and there are many trim styles to choose from to match with the existing interior design idea. Baffle trim, Reflector trim, Adjustable trim, Lensed trim, Wall Washed trim and Decorative trim are few of the most popular trim styles.