LED pot lights are essentially the most subtle architectural lights to date. Also known as recessed lights as they recess into the ceiling, the only visible part is the light fixture’s outer, i.e. the trim.
Recessed light is generally for:
- Ambient lighting
- Spotlighting architectural features or any object
- Wall washing
Pot lights have two most important functional features, which are:
- Housing and
- The trim
These parts determine the functional aspects of a recessed light fixture. The trim is the visible feature of pot lights. It is available in different designs and finishes matching the ceiling and complements the decor with its systemic light layering design.
How to choose the housing and trim design of pot light?
The housing of a pot light fixture houses the electrical equipment and is recessed into the ceiling. It is of two types:
- New construction housing
This kind of housing is for newly constructed spaces or ceilings with no drywall area. This housing is installed between the ceiling joists.
- Remodelled housing
These housings install within the existing ceiling through a hole cut into the drywall and adjusted with clamps.
The housing is usually IC(Insulation Contact) rated and install with an insulated ceiling. In contrast, Non-IC rated housings are either airtight or installed with a tiny clearing space around the housing.
Trim is the aesthetic variant of the fixture; it is available in many different designs. They have recently gained popularity because they are available in different shapes and have a decorative and compatible streak with trendy styles.
The function of a trim is to:
- Light a specific area, wall or object in a room. There is adjustable trim for layering of light to control or aim the light coming from the fixture. E.g., eyeball trim, pin-hole trim, gimbal trim.
- Keep the fixture safe and functional in considerably wet or outdoor space. E.g., shower trim.
- Downlight, uplight, and focus a contained beam on a specific area or spot.
With many options on hand, it gives a wide range of options to select from to meet the need of any light layout in a specific environment.
Size of fixture:
The size of the fixture depends on the layout of the room and the height of the ceiling. The size of the aperture ranges from 3- inch to 6- inches. The standard fixture size in residential or commercial interiors is 4 inches to 6 inches, but recently due to better designs and innovation, 2-3 inches fixtures make a comeback.
This is also because of the integrative quality of recessed light fixtures and their feasible light layering, highlighting, spotlighting options.
It is essential to keep the size to function ratio in mind and avoid dark spots and obstruction of light due to incorrect placement of the fixture. The light quality is better when it is in aspect with the ceiling height.
Why LED pot lights?
The choice of bulb is an essential factor to consider when buying pot lights because energy efficiency with cost savings does amount in the long run.
The bulb used influences the quality of light and determine the cost-effectiveness as how frequently it requires maintenance or replacement.
LED bulbs are preferred as they are environment friendly, listed safe across many states and have a longer life span and best quality of light in terms of temperature and colour rendering while also reducing electricity costs.
Recessed lights have become a pioneer in decorative lights since the last few years and have considerable market value for the very reason that they are subtle, fancy and makes the place look more inviting while complementing a personal sense of style,
They fulfill the lighting needs while also highlighting specific features of the room.
This guide highlights the necessary functional features to help narrow down the variety of options available in the market when buying pot lights for any interior.