What Types of Recessed Lighting Is Best?

Recessed lighting can be a practical and useful addition to your home or business. Recessed lighting, also known as downlighting and can lighting, is designed to be flush with the surface of your ceiling or another suitable surface. These versatile lights can be used in any room. The most popular form of architectural lighting today is LED recessed lighting. It’s also one of the easiest ways to modernize an existing space quickly and easily. We are seeing LED recessed lighting used in more applications, both retrofit, and new construction.

High-quality LED recessed lighting can not only make your space look modern and stylish but it can also be used to illuminate artwork and decorative objects, as well as create moods. In addition to being visually pleasing, LED recessed lights are more energy-efficient and last longer than traditional bulbs. LD LIGHTING offers a wide range of LED recessed lighting brands.

Where to use Recessed Downlights

Recessed lighting can create a variety of lighting effects for indoor and outdoor purposes. Recessed downlights work well in rooms that have limited ceiling space or are too bulky. Recessed downlights are great for kitchens. They can also provide task lighting and ambient light when combined with pendants or under cabinets. Recessed fixtures are ideal for corridors and hallways, as they can be paired with existing sconces and step lights. Recessed lighting can be used in the dining room to complement a pendant or standout chandelier and create a mood-enhancing atmosphere. Gimbals allow you to adjust the beam of light to add special accents to photos or artwork. Recessed lighting can be installed above bathtubs or showers in bathrooms that are approved for damp and wet locations. Outdoor-rated downlights can be used to illuminate patios, decks, soffits, and other areas such as gazebos or kitchens.

We offer hundreds of options for LED lighting, so you can save money on retrofitting your existing layout or creating a new one. There are so many options for sizes, finishes, special features, and styles to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right fixture for you. We’ll show you how to choose the right low-profile fixture to lighten your space.

How to Choose the Best Recessed Fixture


When choosing the right LED fixture, there are many factors to consider, including size, trim, and color temperature. Your first decision should be whether you want to replace existing fixtures or upgrade them. Retrofitting can save you money. It is easy to install an LED retrofit kit in an existing housing. Simply remove the bulb and trim and insert the adapter. LEDs are 85% more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and produce far less heat. They are virtually maintenance-free because they last a lot longer than traditional bulbs, up to ten times as long. It is easy to determine size by measuring the diameter of your cutout without including trim (the visible part of the fixture). Many models today can be used in both retrofit and new construction, which gives you a wider range of options.

Sylvania Slim Microdisk LED Retrofit Downlight Kit. Easy installation is made possible by the E26 socket that’s screw-based. The 4-inch models come with clips for J-Boxes, while the 6-inch models have torsion springs that can be used for recessed cans. IC-rated, wet area rated.

Remodeling and New Construction

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right fixture for your new or remodel project. A recessed light is typically defined by three components: the housing, trim style, and lamp type (in this instance, LED). Many LED recessed fixtures can now be purchased in a “kit” that includes the housing, trim, and LED module. There are many styles and sizes of kits available. The standard line voltage kit is powered by household current. Low-voltage kits require a driver to lower the voltage. You can have the driver built-in or separately. As we have already mentioned, LED retrofit kits allow you to convert traditional recessed lights into LED while still using the existing housing.


The housing, which is hidden above the ceiling, encloses the entire downlight fixture. The housing can be a separate part or integrated into the entire fixture. Housing is used for new construction in either remodels or new homes. It can be installed before or after the ceiling has been installed. Insulated housings (IC rated), allow the recessed light to come into direct contact with insulation above the ceiling. Non-IC housings must be at least 3 inches from insulation. Non-IC-rated recessed lights that are certified Airtight (AT), can reduce airflow between the unconditioned space above and the conditioned area below. This is a critical part of lowering heating and cooling costs, as well as preventing moisture issues. Many LED recessed fixtures today are available with both IC and AT ratings.


Trim is the visible portion of the recessed fixture’s finished part that can be seen from the outside. Standard trim is a smooth, basic trim. Trims can be made in many different styles to alter the light and create different aesthetics.


Lotus 4-inch Sloped LED Gimbal. Distracting glare will not be an issue because of the unique position of the LED module.

Regression fixtures mean that the light source is located higher in the housing while the trim around it is deeper. Full, or deep, regressed fixtures provide less distracting light because the light source is not as visible from far away.

Sloped Ceiling

Are you looking for a solution to a sloped or vaulted ceiling? The best-selling Lotus Sloped LED Gimbal Downlight is the perfect choice for both new construction and remodeling. This regressed round fixture comes in a 4 or 6-inch configuration. It has a sloped trim with a 30o angle and features high output, CCT tuning, dimming, and warm capability. The light source of the sloped fixture has a 38o beam angle and 20o tilt. It can also rotate 360 degrees, making it perfect for creating wall wash effects or highlighting artwork.

Dimming and Other Special Features

You can make your space a place you love to spend time in by paying attention to the color temperature and intensity. We offer many LED recessed lighting options, including color changing, white tunable, and dim to warm. Additionally, we continue to add new products that integrate smart technology with our existing product lines. It’s easy to shop by style and view the various LED downlights that we offer on our website. This article was written by a lighting specialist at LD lighting. LD Lighting was Established in 2017 and is located in Central Florida, LD Lighting offers services in screen enclosure lighting, pool lighting, outdoor entertainment, and landscape lighting in St Petersburg FL. We promise to give you the best quality of work and bring your ideas to life.

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