Lighting Fixtures 101: Recessed Lighting

Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine to help “shed light” on your options!

Recessed lighting is ideal for providing general, quality illumination while maintaining a clean visual appearance in the ceiling. We have identified seven key terms to know before selected recessed lighting sources for your home:

Round or square refers to the shape of the baffle. Performance is the same, but personal preference will determine shape.

  • New construction or remodel is determined by the type of project. New construction fixtures are attached to ceiling joists by arms. Remodel versions attach to drywall in the ceiling with clips.
  • IC-rated or non-IC housings also depend on the project type. Recessed fixtures that will come in contact with insulation must be IC-rated (insulation contact).
  • Low voltage or line voltage refers to the type of system. Recessed cans with reduced voltage/low voltage systems require a transformer and special dimmer. They are typically smaller in size and use miniature bulbs.
  • Flush, standard or shallow fixtures depend on the depth of the ceiling and your design preferences. Flush fixtures are level with the ceiling, while narrow are shallow.
  • Damp location listed fixtures are specially created for use in rooms that have moisture, such as bathrooms.
  • Fixed or movable fixtures are determined by whether the bulb inside the recessed lighting fixture is stationary or flexible. The ideal type depends on whether you want the flexibility to redirect the light as needed.
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