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Recessed lighting is a method of installing light fixtures flush with the surrounding surface. Recessed lighting provides inconspicuous or "spot" lighting and allows an area to be target-lit or backlit; it can also provide overall lighting of a room or space. Unobtrusive and energy-efficient models are available for recessed lighting. Recessed can lights can also be directional and typically used to illuminate pictures and other types of focal points. Recessed lighting is commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, recreational, and work areas. Recessed cans are used as functional lighting in cabinets, entertainment centers, and bookcases. Recessed can lights can be used above or below cabinetry or even along the perimeter of flooring. There are two parts to recessed can lights, the recessed can trim and recessed can housing. The recessed can trim is the visible portion of the light. It is the insert that is seen when looking up into the fixture, and also includes the thin lining around the edge of the light. The recessed can housing is the fixture itself that is installed inside the ceiling and contains the lamp holder.

recessed light or downlight is a light fixture that is installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling. When installed it appears to have light shining from a hole in the ceiling, concentrating the light in a downward direction as a broad floodlight or narrow spotlight.

One is likely to have a lot of questions when it comes to exactly what type of lighting installation works best for your needs. Visit the licensed professionals at SafeSide Electric in Sacramento to have all your questions answered.

There are two parts to recessed lights, the trim and housing. The trim is the visible portion of the light. It is the insert that is seen when looking up into the fixture, and also includes the thin lining around the edge of the light. The housing is the fixture itself that is installed inside the ceiling and contains the lamp holder.

In North America, UL 1598 recessed housings generally fall into one of four categories.

  1. IC or “insulationcontact” rated new construction housings are attached to the ceiling supports before the ceiling surface is installed. If the area above the ceiling is accessible these fixtures may also be installed from within the attic space. IC housings must be installed wherever insulation will be in direct contact with the housing.
  2. Non-IC rated new construction housings are used in the same situations as the IC rated new construction housings, only they require that there be no contact with insulation and at least 3 in (7.6 cm) spacing from insulation. These housings are typically rated up to 150 watts.
  3. IC rated remodel housings are used in existing ceilings where insulation will be present and in contact with the fixture.
  4. Non-IC rated remodel housings are used for existing ceilings where, ideally, no insulation is present. However, these also require that there be no contact with insulation and at least 3 in (7.6 cm) spacing from insulation. Sloped-ceiling housings are available for both insulated and non-insulated ceilings that are vaulted.

The main feature of the housing is designed to ensure that no flammable materials come into contact with the hot lighting fixture. Badly-housed downlights can be a fire hazard, though all newer ones contain a self resetting thermal switch for safety.

The housings come in various sizes based on the diameter of the circular opening where the lamp is installed. The most commonly used sizes are 4, 5 and 6 inches in diameter, with 4 inch IC New Construction units less readily available at present. Smaller housings (2 and 3 inch) are also available for specialized uses.

The housing can also be “Air Tight”, which means it will not allow air to escape into the ceiling or attic, thus reducing both heating and cooling costs.

IEC 60598 has two classifications.

  1. Luminaries for recessing into ceilings with thermal insulating matting covering the luminaire.
  2. Luminaries for recessing into ceilings but not suitable for covering with thermal insulating material.

Recessed lighting styles have evolved with more manufacturers creating quality trims for a variety of applications. Recessed lighting trim usually comes in the standard baffle in black or white, which is the most popular. They are made to absorb extra light and create a crisp architectural appearance.

There are cone trims which produce a low-brightness aperture. Multipliers are offered which are designed to control the Omni-directional light from “A” style incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescents.

Lens trim is designed to provide a diffused light and protect the lamp. Lensed trims are normally found in wet locations.

The luminous trims combine the diffused quality of lensed trim but with an open down light component.

Adjustable trim allows for the adjustment of the light whether it is eyeball style, which protrudes from the trim or gimbal ring style, which adjusts inside the recess. These lights allow for full versatility.

Lastly, there are the wall-washer trims, which are designed to eliminate the often seen “scalloped light effect”.

There are two types of lamps for recessed lighting: directional and diffuse. Directional lamps (R, BR, PARMR) contain reflectors that direct and control the light. Diffuse lamps (A, S, PS, G) control light distribution through their Omni-directional light.

Types of housing
1. IC or "insulation contact" rated new construction recessed can housings are attached to the ceiling supports before the ceiling surface is installed. If the area above the ceiling is accessible these fixtures may also be installed from within the attic space. IC recessed can housings must be installed wherever insulation will be in direct contact with the housing. Most IC recessed can housings are rated to a 75-watt maximum.
2. Non-IC rated new construction recessed can housings are used in the same situations as the IC rated new construction recessed can housings, only they require that there be no contact with insulation and at least 3 in (7.6 cm) spacing from insulation. These recessed can housings are typically rated up to 150 watts.
3. IC rated remodel recessed can housings are used in existing ceilings where insulation will be present and in contact with the fixture.
4. Non-IC rated remodel recessed can housings are used for existing ceilings where, ideally, no insulation is present. However, these also require that there be no contact with insulation and at least 3 in (7.6 cm) spacing from insulation. Sloped-ceiling recessed can housings are available for both insulated and non-insulated ceilings that are vaulted.

Trim styles
Recessed can lighting styles have evolved with more manufacturers creating quality trims for a variety of applications. You can find recessed can lighting trim with the standard baffle in black or white, which is the most popular. They are made to absorb extra light and create a crisp architectural appearance. There are cone recessed can trims which produce a low-brightness aperture. Multipliers are offered which are designed to control the omni-directional light from "A" style incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescents. Lens recessed can trims are designed to provide a diffused light and protect the lamp. Recessed can lens trims are normally found in wet locations.

Lamp types
There are two types of lamps (light bulbs) for recessed can lighting: directional and diffuse. Directional lamps (R, BR, PAR, MR) contain reflectors that direct and control the light. Diffuse lamps (A, S, PS, G) control light distribution through their omni-directional light. Request a quote today to install recessed can lights in your home or business

A recessed light or down light is a light fixture that is installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling. When installed it appears to have light shining from a hole in the ceiling, concentrating the light in a downward direction as a broad floodlight or narrow spotlight.

One is likely to have a lot of questions when it comes to exactly what type of lighting installation works best for your needs. Visit the licensed professionals at SafeSide Electric in to have all your questions answered.

There are two parts to recessed lights, the trim and housing. The trim is the visible portion of the light. It is the insert that is seen when looking up into the fixture, and also includes the thin lining around the edge of the light. The housing is the fixture itself that is installed inside the ceiling and contains the lamp holder.

In North America, UL 1598 recessed housings generally fall into one of four categories.

1. IC or "insulation contact" rated new construction housings are attached to the ceiling supports before the ceiling surface is installed. If the area above the ceiling is accessible these fixtures may also be installed from within the attic space. IC housings must be installed wherever insulation will be in direct contact with the housing.
2. Non-IC rated new construction housings are used in the same situations as the IC rated new construction housings, only they require that there be no contact with insulation and at least 3 in (7.6 cm) spacing from insulation. These housings are typically rated up to 150 watts.
3. IC rated remodel housings are used in existing ceilings where insulation will be present and in contact with the fixture. 4. Non-IC rated remodel housings are used for existing ceilings where, ideally, no insulation is present. However, these also require that there be no contact with insulation and at least 3 in (7.6 cm) spacing from insulation. Sloped-ceiling housings are available for both insulated and non-insulated ceilings that are vaulted.
The main feature of the housing is designed to ensure that no flammable materials come into contact with the hot lighting fixture. Badly-housed down lights can be a fire hazard, though all newer ones contain a self resetting thermal switch for safety.
The housings come in various sizes based on the diameter of the circular opening where the lamp is installed. The most commonly used sizes are 4, 5 and 6 inches in diameter, with 4 inch IC New Construction units less readily available at present. Smaller housings (2 and 3 inch) are also available for specialized uses.
The housing can also be "Air Tight", which means it will not allow air to escape into the ceiling or attic, thus reducing both heating and cooling costs.

IEC 60598 has two classifications.

1. Luminaries for recessing into ceilings with thermal insulating matting covering the luminaries.
2. Luminaries for recessing into ceilings but not suitable for covering with thermal insulating material.

Recessed lighting styles have evolved with more manufacturers creating quality trims for a variety of applications. Recessed lighting trim usually comes in the standard baffle in black or white, which is the most popular. They are made to absorb extra light and create a crisp architectural appearance.

There are cone trims which produce a low-brightness aperture. Multipliers are offered which are designed to control the Omni-directional light from "A" style incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescents.

Lens trim is designed to provide a diffused light and protect the lamp. Lens trims are normally found in wet locations. The luminous trims combine the diffused quality of lens trim but with an open down light component.

Adjustable trim allows for the adjustment of the light whether it is eyeball style, which protrudes from the trim or gimbal ring style, which adjusts inside the recess. These lights allow for full versatility.

Lastly, there are the wall-washer trims, which are designed to eliminate the often seen "scalloped light effect".

There are two types of lamps for recessed lighting: directional and diffuse. Directional lamps (R, BR, PAR, MR) contain reflectors that direct and control the light. Diffuse lamps (A, S, PS, G) control light distribution through their Omni-directional light.




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