Recessed lighting adds another level of convenience, illumination, and sophistication to any room of the house. Many people tend to add recessed lights to large rooms such as finished basements, living rooms and great rooms.
Recessed lighting can be accessed by one main switch, with dimmers so you can control the amount of light you get quickly and easily. When focused on the right areas, they bring a clarity and warm ambiance to the room as a whole while illuminating specific areas. These can focus on work areas for task lighting or on art displays for accent lighting.
You should never attempt to install recessed lighting yourself. Always call an electrician in St. Charles MO due to the electricity, multiple components and calculations involved.
There are many types of recessed lighting to choose from when it comes to fixtures. Here’s what to know about recessed lighting so you can make an educated decision.
Benefits of Recessed Lighting
There are many benefits to recessed lighting.
- Recessed lighting is convenient, unobtrusive, and easy to operate.
- You don’t have to worry about switching on cumbersome lamps or multiple switches. With the flick of a switch, you can turn them on and off and even dim them.
- They are ideal for rooms with low ceilings, as they’re built right into the ceiling. This means you don’t have to contend with any lights hanging down.
- They’re great for low clearance spaces such as finished basements, game rooms, bathrooms or tight hallways.
- You get clear, focused light. For example, if you have artwork or antiques you want to highlight, position them to shine on those displays so you can highlight the strongest design elements.
- They can be used to illuminate reading areas, work desks, or dining tables.
- Place them in kitchens to aid in culinary and prep tasks. Shine them on specific areas such as islands, counters and stoves.
- In craft rooms, they can provide great task lighting.
- Put them in bathrooms, such as over your showers and sinks, because they’re waterproof and can take on a lot of steam and moisture.
Drawbacks of Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting isn’t for all applications or rooms of a house. Here are some possible drawbacks.
- They can lead to energy efficiency problems when holes are cut in the ceiling, leading to air leaks and higher energy bills.
- They can result in the “cave effect,” when you have several concentrated bright spots in one place that leaves the walls very dark by comparison. This mood may be good for home theaters or game rooms, but in main living areas, you don’t want this distracting effect. To prevent the cave effect, you will have to add several recessed lights all over the ceiling, sometimes 10 or more, which can get expensive.
Recessed Lighting, St Chalres & O'fallon, MO
Can’t decide on recessed lighting? Need someone to install it for you? We are well-versed in all kinds of recessed lighting and would be happy to book your appointment when you contact us at 636-294-8562. Our experienced electricians in St. Louis MO are known for installing energy-saving, insulation-friendly cans and cooler-running, longer-lasting Energy Star-certified LED bulbs for recessed lighting for both residential and commercial applications.