For decades now recessed lights, also known as can lights have been helping people brighten up their home by spreading light equally around the room while staying hidden within the ceiling and out of the way.
There are many reasons why people go with recessed lighting for their home, so if you're thinking about making the switch yourself, take a look at our detailed list of some the pros and cons of using recessed lights to see if they'll be a good fit for you.
Benefits of Using Recessed Lighting
Some of the main advantages of using recessed lighting in your home include:
1. No Visible Fixtures
The most appealing part of using recessed lights instead of regular ceiling lights is the fact that they get easily hidden away in the ceiling and the only visible part is their light. All other lights and light fixtures are visible, and can, therefore, interrupt the visual space of the ceiling.
2. They Make The Room Seem Bigger
Thanks to the fact that there are no light fixtures hanging down from the ceiling and taking up space, rooms with recessed lighting seem larger and more spacious. This is also due to the fact that recessed lighting produces an effect known as "wall washing" by directing the light at the walls in a proper angle and in turn casting more light around the entire space.
3. Great For Rooms With Low Ceilings
Since recessed lights are neatly tucked inside the ceiling and cast more light around the whole area, this makes them great for rooms with low ceilings as they don't get in the way of the visual space of the ceiling, but still cover the entire room with light.
4. They Are Great For Shower Stalls And Bathrooms
Since sealed recessed lights are waterproof, they go great in water-intensive environments such as showers and bathrooms.
5. Perfect For Highlighting Art And Other Design Pieces
Recessed lights are a great way to cast some light and highlight specific areas of your home such as your bookcase, art collection and other design pieces.
The Downside to Using Recessed Lighting
While there a lot of pros to using recessed lighting for your home, there are a few downsides as well. Some of the main ones you need to consider include:
1. You Need To Install Many Of Them
Regular ceiling lights or fixtures cover a wider area with light, whereas recessed lights are directional and their light does not extend very far. For that reason, you'll need to install many of them to cover the whole area adequately.
2. They Can Leak Air
Since they require sizeable holes in the ceiling so they can be installed, you might end up having gaps between the light and the wallboard through which air can leak into your home and lead to higher electricity bills. To fix this problem, you'll have to consult a professional to plug those gaps correctly, so they are air-tight.