Whether you’re decorating a new home or overhauling your existing interior design, selecting the right lighting fixtures for the space is critical. Lighting plays a central role in setting the mood and ambiance inside your home, which means both fixture selection and placement design require careful consideration.

But with the vast number of lighting fixture options on the market today, selecting the best lights for your unique space and design vision can feel overwhelming. To help you in your decision-making process, the electricians at Harrison Electric discuss the pros and cons of recessed lighting below.

Recessed Lighting Advantages

One of the major advantages of installing recessed lighting fixtures is that they’ll never go out of style. Recessed lights have been around for decades because they’re sleek, unobtrusive, and can be placed virtually anywhere to enhance the ambiance of a room.

Plus, they’re not a one-size-fits-all type of light. They might all look relatively the same, but recessed lights (also known as pot lights or can lights) are available in multiple sizes to suit a variety of needs. Aside from the fact that they’re timeless and aesthetic, recessed lighting fixtures offer several other advantages, including:

●        They provide a broad swath of illumination with the right placement rather than only lighting specific areas of a room.

●        They’re ideal for areas that regularly get wet, such as showers, porches, and decks, since they don’t protrude from the ceiling.

●        They can function as spotlights rather than flooding an area with light.

●        They can help create the illusion of a larger room by keeping the ceiling free of protrusions.

●        When properly installed, recessed lighting fixtures require very little maintenance and can last for decades.

If you’re considering recessed lighting, installing these light fixtures anywhere you have low ceilings is usually best. Basements, shower stalls, and kitchens are some of the most popular locations for these lights, but they can sit virtually anywhere — get creative!

Recessed Lighting Disadvantages

Despite their many advantages, recessed lighting fixtures don’t come without a few potential drawbacks too. Perhaps the most prevalent disadvantage of these unobtrusive lights is that they’re not the most efficient choice for very large rooms or those with high ceilings.

Since can lights deliver a unidirectional stream of light, you’ll need to install several of them in a large room with a high ceiling to achieve adequate illumination and a warm ambiance. Other notable drawbacks include:

●        Recessed lights can overheat when they’re not properly installed. That said, hiring a licensed and experienced electrician to handle the wiring and lighting fixture installation will ensure the units are installed safely and according to code.

●        Can lights are pretty generic in terms of their design. While they do come in various sizes, they’re not exactly the best lighting fixture for making a statement or displaying your unique taste. They certainly add ambiance to a room, but if you’re looking for charming lights that are fun to look at, recessed lighting doesn’t exactly fit the bill.

Considering Installing Recessed Lighting? Contact Harrison Electric

If you’re considering installing recessed lighting to enhance your interior design, get in touch with our team at Harrison Electric. Our licensed electricians specialize in installing light fixtures of all types and can assess your home’s electrical system for potential service upgrades that can boost energy efficiency. For over 30 years, we’ve proudly served Twin Cities homeowners, and we’d love to help you with your project too!

To learn more or get started, feel free to call our Minneapolis office at 763-544-3300 or request a quote online. You can also send us a message with your question, and we’ll be in touch!