Recessed lights provide a clean, uncluttered, streamline look in the home. They work to increase the volume of light within a room as well as highlight special artwork and other unique features and also make the entire space feel and look larger.
Best Places to Install Recessed Lights
- Center the recessed lighting fixture directly in front of the item you want to highlight, such as a bookshelf, painting, plant, or draperies. Generally, the light should be place approximately 12 – 18 in front of the target.
- When highlighting a three-dimensional item, such as a sculpture, flower arrangement, or fireplace with recessed lights, it will create a more dramatic effect if you use 2 or 3 different angles to light it.
- Avoid placing recessed indoor lights in a row down the center of the ceiling of the room or too close together. It will give the appearance of a runway at the airport.
- Install a series of recessed indoor lights underneath your kitchen cabinetry. They’ll serve as helpful task lights and wash your countertops with both accent and focused lighting.
- Recessed light fixtures used for reading or task lighting should ideally be placed directly overhead so that your upper body won’t block the necessary light.
Indoor Recessed Lighting Pros and Cons
- Hidden Light Source
Because recessed light fixtures are installed in the ceiling, there’s no unsightly exposed wires to take away the visual appeal of the room. And unlike traditional light fixtures that rest on the floor, there’s no wires to accidentally trip over, which makes recessed lighting a good choice in homes with young children or ones that accommodate older or disabled individuals.
- Energy Efficient
Recessed lights are considered eco-friendly and energy efficient since they require very low voltage bulbs. They can even allow you to control the intensity of light with a dimmer switch to control how much light is emitted and adjust the brightness level of the light fixtures to use even less energy.
- Permanent Fixture
When installed in various places, such as family or living rooms, recessed light fixtures are permanent and cannot be moved to another room or area where needed. Also, they can’t be adjusted to the always changing decor within the room, which makes them a better solution for spaces like kitchens and bathrooms where the furniture and other elements are permanent like vanities and countertops.
- Unflattering Light Source
Ceiling recessed lights always emit light directly down on every object they hit. Although furniture and other objects benefit from it, people do not. Recessed lights cast unappealing and unflattering shadows on people’s faces to point out their imperfections, such as skin blemishes and wrinkles.