For decades recessed lights have been helping people brighten their homes, eliminate shadows and spread light around their rooms. But in recent years, LED lights have pretty much reinvented the recessed lighting market. Thanks to their cost efficiency and their versatility. Five things to keep in mind when planning your LED candlelight install.
The first thing you need to know about LED recessed lights is that color temperature matters. Typical incandescent bulbs mostly give off a soft yellowish light with some lighter tones available. But across the board LEDs are capable of producing color in a much wider range. When you buy an LED recessed light, look at the package it will indicate where that bulbs coloration falls on a Kelvin spectrum. The 3000 Kelvin range will give you that yellowish light, similar to incandescent which is best for bedrooms, living rooms, comfortable places where you want to relax. The 4000 to 5000 Kelvin range will produce a far wider light, perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, and work areas. Where you want to bring things into sharper focus and concentrate more on what you’re seeing and doing. But just note that light in the low yellowish or high bluish range can interact adversely with the color of your walls.
The second thing to know about LED recessed lights is that they work better with dimmer switches. Even taking the Kelvin range into consideration, many people feel that their LED can light are just a little bit too bright.
Number three spacing is very important, recessed lights are meant to be used in quantity. A single candle light really has the power to illuminate a whole room instead of multiple lights work together to blanket a room with light.
The fourth thing you need to know about LED recessed lights is that they are way more mobile than they used to be. Recessed lights used to require a sizeable housing that had to fit between joists and overhead framing lumber. Making layout very tricky and frustrating in some houses, but thanks to newer LED technologies ultra-thin recessed lights can now go virtually anywhere. These units are only as thick as the drywall they mount into which means it can be positioned directly beneath framing obstructions.
The fifth and final thing you should know about recessed lights is that they’re starting to incorporate a lot more gadgets. It’s pretty luxurious and while they’re not cheap, the products are simple and convenient. So retrofits are fairly straightforward. That’s five quick things to know about LED recessed lights.