Used right, recessed lights add a modern touch to a home and create subtle focused pools of light that are far more effective than traditional wall and ceiling fixtures. It can be easy to go overboard, so if you’re considering buying some new recessed lighting to help add more dimension to your home, then here’s a few areas in your home where it will suit best.
In the workspace
A home office, a studio or a workshop, can often be dimly lit, which can result in eye strain, headaches, and poor concentration. Recessed lights directly over a desk will provide strong focused light to help you work. They will only light your workspace and nowhere else, which makes them useful if your workspace is in the corner of a larger room, and you want to use lighting to establish it as a separate space.
Good art is wasted if you can’t see it clearly. The bright downward light of a recessed fixture is ideal for artworks, as they draw your attention directly to what’s beneath them. Several recessed lights over a series of paintings along a wall can help turn your living room or study into a personal art gallery that will look far more professional than with standard light fittings.
Men check themselves out in the mirror 23 times a day and women 16 times – that’s a lot of time spent in the bathroom on a day-to-day basis, so it’s important that a bathroom is lit correctly. Recessed lights over or beside mirrors will light your face, but with two or more sources of light it will mean you’re not thrown in shadow, which is more flattering, too. The streamlined profile of recessed lights also suits clean traditionally minimal areas like bathrooms, where decoration is usually kept to a minimum.
Anyone who has suffered a stubbed toe in the night understands the need for a night-light. Plug-in lights, however, are usually clunky and unattractive. A series of small recessed lights along the floor can provide an elegant night-time path in high-traffic areas and increase home safety when you don’t want to switch on a regular overhead light. They can also be used in ceilings to brighten hallways in place of normal fittings. Due to their small size, it will make the room seem taller, wider, and more open.
These are just a few examples of the ways recessed lighting can work in your home. There’s a variety of other uses for these lights, such as over beds, for children’s night-lights, and outdoor or garage lighting. Make sure that you’re using an appropriate trim that blends in with the ceiling, wall or tile, to make it as unobtrusive as possible. These lights work best in conjunction with other lights, to illuminate particular spaces or objects, so don’t plan for a few recessed fixtures to entirely light up a room. Consider where they may be useful in your own home, whether it’s to show off something special you’ve made, a workspace, or just as an ambient light source in a soft, moody room.