Recessed can lighting is often times a perfect addition to light in rooms around the home. Recessed can lights are low profile, available in energy efficient versions and are a great option for providing extra light without taking up too much wall or ceiling space.
There are a variety of different features available that should be taken into consideration when shopping for recessed can lights.
Into the New or Into the Old
First, take into account whether your recessed can lights will be installed in a new construction or a remodel. New construction recessed can lights will come with the necessary fixture, wiring and junction box so it is a complete package for new construction. Alternatively, if you are looking for remodel recessed can lights, it is not a problem to get just the light because the junction box is already installed in the ceiling.
Recessed can ceiling lights are not only made for installation in the ceiling; recessed cans can also be installed under cabinets.
Fit the Ceiling
Every ceiling is a little different, so it is important to understand the unique characteristics of the ceiling where the recessed can lights will be installed before shopping.
IC Rated ceiling recessed can lights: If your recessed ceiling light will be installed in a ceiling with insulation it is important to find a fixture that is IC approved, meaning it is intended for direct contact with insulation. This is usually relevant in residential homes. By having the advantage of covering your recessed can light with insulation you will save energy and reduce costs.
Air tight recessed can lights are another way to save energy and many of them are IC rated. The air-tight feature will eliminate hot or cold air from the ceiling seeping into the home.
Sloped ceiling cans, much like their name implies, are made for sloped ceilings.
Similar to track lighting, recessed can lights are available in line voltage (120v), low voltage (12v-24v) and multi-tap commercial voltage (277v). For most homes, either line voltage recessed can lights or low voltage recessed can lights will be most appropriate. The multi-tap commercial voltage recessed can lights are made for larger, commercial buildings with a different, more powerful electric current.
If you are typically a handy person around the house it is perfectly possible to install recessed can lighting yourself. Each product will be unique and you will have to follow the instructions that come with the recessed light you chose, however, here is a basic rundown of the process for installing a recessed light in a “remodel” situation. One a side note, it is easiest to install recessed lighting during construction so that you have access to the ceiling from above.
If a recessed can is IC approved then it can be installed with insulation touching. This lighting eliminates the danger of insulation catching on fire when the lighting heats up, which is associated with non-IC approved lights. Be careful to choose IC approved lighting if you plan on installing the lights right next to the insulation.
It is definitely easier to install recessed ceiling cans into the ceiling of a house that is being built because you will then have access to the top of the ceiling for wiring, however it is possible to install recessed ceiling cans into an existing home as an addition.