Deciding on which recessed lights to choose can be a bit of a challenge. Recessed lights have two components: housing and trim. Picking out trim is based on personal choice, while selecting the correct housing can be a difficult journey, because there are technical aspects involved. Choosing housing for a recessed light could require the help of an electrician. Understanding a few things about recessed lights is helpful in selecting the right model.
Choosing good housing means knowing the difference between "new construction" and "remodel." New construction can be used in open rooms with no existing sheet rock or plaster in the way of construction. However, these housings are bulky and placed between joists or on hanger bars from T-Bar and sometimes drop ceilings. Remodel housing is lighter and ideal when less working space is available. Like its counterpart, however, sheet rock will still need to be removed, and holes made for the lighting.
Homeowners will also have to figure out whether IC or Non-IC rated components are needed. This step is critical in selecting the right housing for Recessed Lights. Insulation contact (IC) ratings mean that the fixture can safely be installed around thermal insulation. On the other hand, Non- IC ratings are not safe to come into direct contact with thermal insulation, and shouldn't be within three inches of it.
The last consideration in choosing housing for Recessed Lighting is deciding whether to use line or low voltage. Line uses the average 120 volt current found in most homes, and it doesn't require any additional dimmers or transformers. The benefits include general room illumination, and the best lighting in rooms with high ceilings. Low voltage is environmentally friendly, and uses a 12 volt current. A transformer and dimmers are required for this option. Low voltage lights allow for high contrast and is good for accent lighting. These ceiling lighting features don't just come in recessed, and consumers can find chandeliers and other lighting from brands like Seagull lighting and Progress Lighting.
Deciding on the trim is another important component of choosing recessed lighting. Trim varies in size from 3" to 6" in diameter, and this is also based on preference. Larger trims can however create larger amounts of light, and six-inch trims are most popular for residential downlights. Designs range from Baffled (most common type) to Decorative trim.