Recessed LightingRecessed lighting has recently become a popular style choice among home owners and builders, as well as for commercial buildings. It provides a neat and clean appearance that provides light without interrupting the flow of the room or the lines of the ceiling, or in some cases a wall. There are a few things you need to know if considering using recessed lighting either as part of a new home being built or as a renovation project in your current abode.

Design Choices

The design choice of recessed lighting provides clear advantages over other types of lighting. There is less chance to make a “wrong” choice, as the fixture itself doesn’t present as traditional lighting. A bit of the frame may show and you can pick the color or material, but there aren’t really shapes, sizes and style choices that aren’t readily apparent as what befits the room. Typically a plain white that matches the flat white of your ceiling paint on either a square or round frame is going to match any home. It’s an especially great choice for the neutrality of adding lighting to an investment home.


The installation of recessed lighting does require a bit of planning in order to be conducted properly. Of course it’s always an option to replace traditional fixtures with recessed lights, but it’s really easier to plan them with a new building or during a major remodel while the walls are torn down. The lights have to be placed properly to both provide their function of lighting the room while maintaining a notable aesthetic that doesn’t detract from other focal points in the room.


Recessed lighting can provide a number of functions in addition to the standard lighting feature of providing light to see by. Although you don’t typically want the lighting itself to be a focal feature in a room, it can serve to draw the attention of guests by accenting a focal point. It can highlight artwork, whether painting or sculptures. In some cases it can draw the eye toward seating, which can be especially beneficial in a reception area of a commercial building. If used properly, recessed lighting can turn a small side nook into a distinctly private reading area. Realistically, the usages of lighting design is only limited by the creativity of the designer.