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So, you want to install...recessed lighting

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One of the major things we do at Camo Electric is help homeowners upgrade light fixtures when they are doing a remodel or renovation. Sometimes all it takes to totally upgrade a room is to switch from a hanging light fixture to recessed lighting. Recessed lighting has become more popular over the last decade for a host of reasons, one of which is that recessed lighting makes a room feel bigger. This makes it especially popular in smaller rooms or any room that needs to feel more spacious.

So what are the benefits of recessed lighting?

1. Recessed lighting makes a room feel bigger because it actually takes up less visual space in the room. Because the light cans are set into the ceiling itself, nothing hangs down to interrupt the visual space of the ceiling.

2. Recessed lighting also makes a room look bigger due to an

effect called “wall washing”. No, that doesn’t mean you go and

take soap and water to the walls. Wall washing is a lighting

effect that casts more light on the wall. If you have a sloped

ceiling, an “gymble” can be used. To really take advantage of

the wall washing effect, recessed lighting need to be spaced

correctly away from the wall and apart from each other.

Recessed lighting should be spaced apart from each other at

the same distance they are spaced away from the wall.

For example, if you your ceiling is 9 feet high, we place the

recessed light fixtures 2-3 feet away from the wall and 5 feet 

from each other. Then aim the lightings toward the wall with

the directional reflectors and it will literally wash the wall with

overlapping, ambient light. The end result? The recessed lighting

makes the room feel bigger and brighter.

 

 

3. Recessed lighting also casts light on the wall you want to highlight for other design reasons. Consider recessed lighting if you want to highlight a wall bookcase, works of art or a special collection of some sort("Gimbal lights would also be used here".

4. There are also other benefits of recessed lighting. First of all, it comes in all kinds of colors (the trim and the lights and the reflectors) so they can be used to really upgrade a room in several ways. The casing for recessed lights also protects it from dust, children and mishaps, so it’s also a safer lighting option than hanging lights.

Keep in mind that anytime you want to upgrade your light fixtures, you need the help of an experienced residential electrician for safety reasons. To learn more about the benefits of recessed lighting, to ask about a project you have in mind, contact Camo Electric and talk with our team of Calgary electricians today at (403)922-8666!

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