Inexpensive Home Update with Recessed Lights


For an Inexpensive Home Update, Try Installing Recessed Lights

The great thing about installing recessed lights is that they really are an inexpensive way to update the appearance of your home in so many ways. Here at Root Electric, we have helped many customers design a lighting plan and install recessed lighting to create artistic, utilitarian and fresh lighting designs. In fact, updating your home with recessed lighting can also be a great way to save energy too, especially with all of the new LED lights available for recessed lighting. These new bulbs can give off a lot of light with a much longer lifespan, all while burning off nearly 85% less energy.

No matter what room you want to brighten with recessed lights, there are several technical and design aspects to consider before installation, and most homeowners policies—for safety reasons—require that you enlist the services of a residential electrician for project like this. Call us at (703) 494-3989 and one of our residential electricians can come over to evaluate the situation with you.

Your Goals for Installing Recessed Lights

Where do you want to install recessed lights, and why? In the kitchen to give more focused light to your cooking and food prep areas? In the living room to highlight certain areas? What kind of recessed lighting do you want to install? There are fixed “down” lights that cast a cone of light over a specific area (these can be overlapped to provide even lighting over large areas, such as a basement room), or there are also “eyeball” lights that you can swivel to shine light on a particular area. These are particularly useful in work spaces. Also, replacing hanging light fixtures with recessed lights can update a room’s look by cleaning up the ceiling lines. While installing recessed lights won’t add actual square feet to the room, they will give the illusion and feeling of more open space by removing that interruption from the ceiling, since they are set into the ceiling and not on it, or dangling down from it.

Installing Recessed Lights: Technical Considerations

Anytime you replace a light fixture, there are technical, electrical issues that you need to keep in mind for a safe installation. While installing recessed lights may seem easy at first, it is important to have a residential electrician help for safety’s sake. We will evaluate the situation based on the following information:

  1. Where will the light fixtures be installed? The main question here is what is above the light fixture? If you are upstairs, only the attic may be involved. If you are on a lower level with finished rooms above, wiring will need to be threaded through the ceiling. Your choice of lighting cans also depends on what currently resides above the lights.
  2. Do you have copper or aluminum wiring? The type of wiring used for the recessed lighting installation needs to match the wiring you have in your home already. However, it is also possible that the wiring, especially aluminum wiring or ungrounded wiring, will have to be changed to make your home safer in the first place.
  3. How many lights do you want to add? Keep in mind that your current circuitry may not be sufficient for adding more lights than you already have. Let’s say your current lighting situation draws 400 watts (from 4 100-watt bulbs). If your total capacity is 400, but you want to add more lights, our residential electricians will need to update your circuitry and make electrical upgrades. In older homes, this is a good idea for safety in any case.

Installing recessed lights is an inexpensive way to update the appearance of your home, and we love helping our customers with projects like this. Before starting on any electrical project, be sure to call us at (703) 494-3989. We can give your home an electrical safety inspection and help you get the most out of your new recessed lighting project!