Recessed lighting is an affordable lighting solution that is both discrete and versatile. The small fixtures tuck neatly away into ceilings and may be used in conjunction with other forms of lighting without creating a cluttered effect. These small lights can be positioned above kitchen work surfaces, study desks, bathroom mirrors and cabinets, or a reading area to provide powerful lighting.  Strategically positioned recessed lights can beautifully enhance favourite paintings and focal points.

One of the features of recessed lighting is that they can be installed above baths and within shower areas! They can also be wired up to a dimmer control unit. This opens up the ability to create a diverse range of moods within a single room space, and may be a particularly attractive lighting option for multi-purpose rooms.

Recessed lighting can add depth to a small room, and are ideal for illuminating narrow spaces, and hallways. When planning the positioning of recessed lighting, it’s important to take into consideration any obstacles that may create shadows.


The three main components of recessed lighting include a housing unit, a decorative trim, and a bulb. New construction housing is designed to be attached to ceiling supports, and lightweight remodel housing may be installed directly into the ceiling. If the recessed lighting is for a bathroom, then housing with a ‘wet’ rating must be used. Trims come in an assortment of styles, such as down lighting, baffles, decorative, adjustable, reflectors and diffusers – each giving a different lighting effect. Bulbs available include energy saving, spotlight, LED and standard halogen.

Any home can be kitted out with recessed lighting and it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune.  A cheap unit can be purchased for a few dollars, while a more expensive one will cost several hundred!