Recessed lighting has exceptional versatility and
control over lighting conditions. Also known as recessed downlights,
downlights or recessed fixtures, these downlights emit downward
distribution of light which directs eyes to an object or a surface
instead of to the fixture itself. One of the greatest benefits of
recessed downlighting is its ability to light a space effectively, while
minimizing the appearance of the equipment itself. Recessed downlights
are frequently used over the sink or bathroom vanity as mirror lighting.
All recessed downlight fixtures, insulated ceiling or non-insulated
ceiling housings, must be thermally protected from overheating.
Recessed Lighting Components
Downlights consists of several parts that construct a
basic fixture: housing (also known as frame-in kit), trim, and lamp.
Incandescent and Halogen Recessed Housings offer economical
efficiency and versatility for recessed lighting fixtures. Dimming controls
for incandescent housings are readily available. Dimming switches are also
available to accommodate halogen housings.
Fluorescent Recessed Housings engineered with fluorescent ballasts
are the best choice for energy savings and extending lamp life. Using
fluorescent housings for ceiling fixtures are ideal for hard-to-reach ceiling
Remodeling Recessed Housings are used where there is no access above
the ceiling. Specially designed for easy installation into a finished ceiling,
remodeling housings can create ceiling can lighting where it was not possible
Insulated and Non-Insulated Housings must be installed at least 3 inches
away from any insulation. Where direct contact with insulation is necessary, a
recessed lighting housing must have a UL Insulated Ceiling (IC) rating.
Housing Aperture Size determines the diameter of the opening that
emits the light beam and size of the opening in the ceiling. Recessed housings
apertures are available in sizes designed for general lighting, accent and task
lighting and high ceiling lighting.
Reflectors maximize light distribution for accent, task, and
Baffles emit a narrow light distribution by minimizing glare and
reduce overall brightness; excellent control for reflector lamps.
Open trims create a finished look for lighting fixtures; easy to
install and economically efficient.
Adjustable and directional trims maximize the versatility of
ceiling lighting fixtures are especially for creating emphasis on artwork.
Diffusers spread light to create softer, wider beams used
frequently in dressing areas and bathrooms.
Incandescent light bulbs are the most popular choice because of its low
cost and available in many different sizes for various uses.
A – Standard bulbs for wide-beam light in reflectors and
diffusers used for general lighting applications.
R – Emit a smaller light beam to allow greater control in accent
and display lighting.
PAR – Used to generate lighting covering a wider area, such as a
wall, or for task lighting and general room lighting.
MR16 – A small beam pinhole lamp for precise light control, it
emits a bright white light perfect for dramatic accent lighting.
Halogen Light Bulbs are extremely energy efficient and provide more
light for the same energy cost - lasting up to three times longer than standard
incandescent bulbs. The bright white light generated by halogen light bulbs
lends themselves to recessed ceiling lighting uses. Because the beam can be
accurately directed, halogen recessed fixtures are an excellent choice for
lighting artwork or for emphasizing a focal point in a room.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs with fluorescent dimmers are the future
of lighting because of energy usage concerns. Fluorescent light bulbs use up to
80 percent less energy than incandescent and have a lifespan nearly 20 times as
long - up to an eight-year life for some models. Fluorescent light bulbs are
available in a variety of shades from a warm bright white to a cool diffused
white and can be found in instant-on, flicker-free varieties.
M&M Lighting – Recessed Downlighting Experts:
M&M Lighting can fill any lighting need. Call us during normal
business hours to speak to one of our highly trained recessed lighting
consultants. Whether you need help on replacing recessed cans to properly
placing them, we have the skills to assist you in choosing the proper recessed