Residential recessed lighting can give you a stylish, practical solution for illuminating your home, but there are things to consider when choosing residential recessed lighting. For starters, we must discuss fire safety with residential recessed lighting. These lights come with a fire risk if your home begins to overheat. You can see this, especially with incandescent bulbs, because they give off much more heat than an LED bulb does. Labeled “Non-IC rated,” standard residential recessed lights demand a space that is not near any kind of insulation. It’s also critically important that there are at least eight inches of height in the joists above the ceiling. This is the standard size light enclosure. If you’re adding residential recessed lighting to an area that requires insulation, like in an attic bedroom, you wouldn’t want to use the standard recessed lights. You can find recessed lighting for situations like an attic where insulation is important. These special lights are more expensive, of course.
If you are adding recessed lighting, it’s important to plan ahead so that you will know what type and size of a light you actually need. Would you like several smaller lights or just a couple of large one? You can find recessed lights in low voltage and line voltage options. Line voltage costs less to buy, but low voltage will cost you less to use and allow your bulb to last longer.
You also need to consider moisture concerns Recessed lighting in damp areas like a patio or bathroom require airtight lights that are specifically approved for damp conditions. This is true of outdoor lights, even if you tuck them in sheltered areas. See, when winds blow hard, water could easily be blown towards your new residential recessed lights.
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