Once you’ve figured out where you want your recessed downlights to be (if you need help with that, check out this post» ), now you’ve got to figure out what you need in order to install these fixtures.
Most recessed lighting fixtures require you to purchase a few different pieces. Depending on what type of recessed lighting you choose to go with, most come with a few basic components. The most important, being the housing.
RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURE HOUSING
The housing of the light fixture includes the main housing (sometimes called “Can” or “Rough-In”, a mounting frame (attaches everything to the ceiling), mounting bars, lighting trim (or sometimes called finishing), the trim and a trim ring, optics, and the actual bulb (aka lamp).
This image illustrates these main recessed light fixture components:
Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue has a ton of recessed lighting options to choose from, both online and in our showrooms. Our expert staff is ready to help you with all of your recessed lighting questions!
Most homeowners select their ceiling fan based on style and price. These factors are important, but other features should be considered before purchasing a fan for your home.
Ceiling fans should be rated based on many things, including: motor, blades, airflow, efficiency and design.
The quality of the ceiling fan is very important. This typically comes down to the motor and materials that are used to make up the blades. The motor is the most important component of an overhead feature. Higher quality fans typically are a little more expensive, but they will last longer and cause you less problems. Everyone has dealt with sleeping in a room with a squeaky ceiling fan. On a hot summer night, debating wether or not you can go without the noise (meaning turning off the fan) shouldn’t even be a question. Make sure you purchase a fan that is made of quality materials and is built to last.
The main purpose of the ceiling fan is to regulate air flow in the space. Some cheaper ceiling fans do a horrible job of moving air. Find a fan that circulates air efficiently and is the proper size for your room. Consider installing two smaller fans instead of one large one if you have an especially large space. Also make sure the blades on your fan are at the right pitch (angle) and size as they can be a major contributor to proper air circulation.
The design of the fan is without a doubt, very important. Ceiling fan design over the last few years has changed a lot. Fans come in a variety of different shapes, designs and finishes, and can even be customized to match the rest of the decor of your room. You shouldn’t need to sacrifice any aesthetic appeal when you install a ceiling fan. There are too many beautiful options to choose from, wether your style is classic, contemporary, abstract or modern.
Do a little research before selecting your fan to be sure you’re purchasing a fixture that will last a long time, is efficient, does the job, and looks nice!
Planning the layout of recessed lighting seems to be a frustrating task for many homeowners. Knowing how many lights (cans, pot lights, downlights, etc) to put in and where to put them is important. We’ve broken down a few tips for planning recessed lighting in any space:
Plan, Plan, Plan! Start by taking measurements of the room and sketching the area out on paper. Don’t forget to take measurements of any furniture or countertops/islands and include them in the sketch.
Where do you want the focus to be? Is there an area you need or want to spotlight? Is there a certain spot in the room where you know you need a recessed light to be directly over? In the kitchen, you may want to make the area directly above the sink and/or stove a focal point. These areas are where you should start your planning, and space out the rest of the recessed light fixtures around it.
If there isn’t a particular focal point, like in the case of many family rooms or large “bonus room” areas, place your first light in the center of the room and evenly space out the rest from there.
Keep your ceiling height in mind.
There’s a rule that many interior designers use when planning overhead recessed lights. They divide the height of the ceiling by two, and use that number as the spacing (number of feet) for your lights. For example, if your ceiling height is 8 feet, you’d space out the recessed cans every 4 feet. This rule isn’t set in stone though, you should keep in mind the desired brightness of the room you’re trying to achieve as well as the type of bulbs you are planning on using.
Don’t forget about the corners!
Corners in any room can be a little tricky. Shadows in the corners can create the illusion of the ceiling being lower than it is. Make sure you place recessed lights around 3 feet away from the wall, letting the light reflect off the walls to make the room seem larger.
Installing recessed lighting takes a little planning and thought. Take a minute to consider these steps before you start making holes in your ceiling!
We’ve said it before, proper lighting is essential for every space. Well planned lighting connects people to the experience of the space. Think back to a really memorable experience (concert, romantic dinner, party, etc.), can you remember how you felt? What was the lighting situation? Do you think it had an effect on your mood?
You never really realize how important lighting is until you pay attention.
Next time you go to a store, restaurant, or even doctor’s office, take a minute to assess the lighting situation. How does it make you feel? Do you want to just get the job done and get out of there, or do you feel less rushed and relaxed?
Lighting can have a serious impact on the customer experience in all different types of businesses. For example, many grocery stores are switching up their approach from the typical overhead mass fluorescent style lighting to more “warmer” light bulbs and fixtures. They’re doing this to keep up with the increasingly important “customer experience” trends in the industry. Studies have shown that when customers feel more comfortable and at ease, they’re more likely to purchase items they may have overlooked in the past. Grocery shopping has become less of a task for some mothers and more of an escape from the every day hustle and bustle.
Let’s compare a fast food chain with a fine dining Italian restaurant. Fast food restaurants want to get customers in and out as fast as possible. That’s why you may find these places to be at a little colder temperature and fully lit up with bright lighting. Not only is the bright light source effective for a safer production line, it isn’t as inviting and doesn’t make you want to stay forever. The more people in and out, the more money is made. Most high end restaurants spend a lot of time getting the lighting and temperature just right. This is to invite customers in, and to create a place to make memories and catch up with old friends. When I think back to some memorable dinner parties with friends the lighting is almost always spot on – dim, warm and comfortable!