Installing recessed lights in kitchen

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The most integral part of any house is the kitchen. These are functional spaces and it is quite important to make them appear ambient to enhance the efficiency of tasks carried out in that area. LED recessed lights are a modern day light fixture for interiors. 

These lights are tiny ceiling lights with a very sleek design profile. LED recessed lights (also known as pot lights) are ceiling lights which can work easily as general as well as task or accent lighting. Their design profile is fit to provide all three layers of lighting to achieve a comprehensive lighting layout for any interior space. 

What makes recessed lights the best choice for kitchens?

LED recessed lights are versatile fixtures. They are applicable almost anywhere even in the trickiest spaces. When it comes to interiors, it gets highly specific in terms of choice of fixtures. Recessed lights have a very specific design for each layer of lighting. The core components of a recessed light fixture are

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The housing of the recessed light fixture is the main feature of this light. The housing sits inside the ceiling and houses all electrical components. It is specified according to different ceiling design and types. The housing type is categorized as IC rated or non-IC rated which can further be divided into. Few of the housing types are 

IC rated housings are designed to withstand accumulated heat above the ceiling caused by insulation, whereas NON IC rated housings are for uninsulated recessed lights they operate on a higher wattage. 

  • Sloped ceiling housing 

Postmodern houses mostly have various ceiling designs, if a part of a ceiling is larger than other than it is a sloped ceiling design which requires different kinds of housing for recessed lights. The housing size is determined by measuring the pitch of the ceiling. 

  • New construction housing 

New construction housings are for built in joists which are accessible through ceilings. 

  • Remodel housing 

In older ceilings where the joists are inaccessible remodel housings come in handy as they have clamps which can attach the fixture to the wall. 

The housing specification makes recessed lights more accessible and competent when it comes to other ceiling lights which fail to provide the same kind of lighting with ambience. 


The trim is the outermost visible part of the fixture. It directs light in the desired direction and in desired amount. The layering of light is done by using different trim designs. The different trim designs are for different layers of lights are

For general lighting 

  1. Open trim 

The light from open trim isn’t controlled, it is excellent for general lighting and more unobstructed brightness. 

  1. Baffle trim 

Baffle trim is the most commonly used trim design. They have a ribbed interior and they provide open lighting. The baffle is recognizable through its bulged shape. 

  1. Reflector Trim

Reflector trims increase the intensity of light coming from the fixture. They have polished and shiny interior so light reflects off of the surface ideal for use in kitchens.

For accent/task lighting 

  1. Eyeball trim 

Eyeball trim is rotatable, the light from this trim appears as it is coming out of an eyeball. The direction of light is adjustable and highly efficient for accent or task lighting. 

  1. Gimbal Trim 

Gimbal trim can rotate around 360 degrees. They are for accent lighting.

  1. Wall wash trim 

Wall wash trim is mostly used for highlighting any certain area/wall around the room in such a manner that light falls only on the wall. 

  1. Pinhole trim 

Pinhole trim has the entire light source covered and the light is directed out of the fixture as it appears from a pinhole. The aperture can be fixed. The light is bright and tightly focused on the object of illumination. 

Kitchens are task oriented areas which also require general lighting. There are several advantages of installing recessed lights in the kitchens. 

More Overhead Space

It is encouraged mostly that recessed lights are installed in the kitchen for the fact that they provide a lot of overhead space. These lights make any room with a small ceiling height appear bigger and more open. 

Division according to zones

While planning the layout for kitchens, it is important to assess all the conditions and then divide the lighting layers according to the zones, i.e., general lighting, task lighting for countertops and accent lighting in and around the cabinets. 

Recessed lights make it as easy as they do not require extra ceiling or visual space, just a change of trim and intensity is enough. 

Safety rated

Most of these fixtures when used in spaces which are exposed to higher temperatures or any other external factors have an external covering for safety and protection.

Variety of sizes 

The recessed light housings are available in a range of sizes from 2 to 6 inches. The sizes vary according to the height of the ceiling. This is effective in providing more light in low or high ceiling areas or with ceilings which are designed unconventionally. 

Range of Colour Temperatures

LED recessed lights are available in a range of colour temperatures. These lights are glaring free and the light quality stays the same. The correlated colour temperature falls on a scale ranging from 2500K to 6000K and above. The lower range being warmer tones of yellow and it gets a cooler shade of white as it increases. 

For task areas in kitchens 3000 K-4000K is suitable 

While for ambience lower range like 2500K is suggested. 


Installing LED recessed lights in kitchens or anywhere around the house is quite beneficial in terms of cost savings. These lights also run on altered voltages for accent lighting. 

They are eco-friendly, highly economy and improve the entire look and feel of the place. 

Sophie Turner
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