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Pros and Cons of Recessed Lighting | Are Recessed Lights Right for Your Home?

Recessed lighting provides a simple, A kitchen with recessed lighting | pros and cons of recessed lightsuncluttered look that can be used in almost any room.  Popular in hallways, entryways, or bathrooms, recessed lights are also making their way into kitchens and living areas.  Tucked into the ceiling, rather than installed against it, the fixture is more or less hidden, providing a minimalistic effect.

Not sure whether recessed lighting is the right fit for your home?  Read the pros and cons of recessed lights below and decide for yourself:

Pros of Recessed Lights:

  • Hidden - With no exposed wires or cords, recessed lights provide a clean, streamlined look that keeps hazards at bay as well.
  • Energy Efficient - Recessed lights use low-voltage bulbs and offer the possibility of a dimmer switch, allowing you to use even less energy when you want.
  • Increased Light - Since recessed lights are installed in multiples, spread out across the ceiling, this can create a bright, evenly lit room.

Cons of Recessed Lights:

  • Permanence - Once your lights are installed, they can’t be rearranged. So if you design them for one room layout and then rearrange, they might not provide the same light for your new focal points.
  • Unflattering - Direct light from above can cast shadows and create a harsh look that generally isn’t flattering on people.  They're not a great light source on their own for applying makeup or shaving.
  • Quantity - You need a lot of them to do the job well.
  • Compatibility - Recessed lighting will not work in ceilings of concrete or with ornate plasterwork or delicate molding details, so they aren't a great addition to older homes unless the ceiling is being replaced as well.

Recessed lights offer some great benefits, but may be lacking in areas that are important to you.  Consider a combination of lighting in any given room to give it depth and ambiance.  Combining a hanging chandelier or set of pendants with recessed lights on a dimmer switch might give you the flexibility you’re looking for!

Excel Builders offers custom home remodeling and general contracting services in the Twin Cities West Metro area, including Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and more!  Contact us about your home project today.

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