Whether it is new construction, a renovation or simply upgrading your lighting, recessed lighting provides many ways to make your home more elegant and can enhance your home decor.

Recessed lighting comes in all shapes and sizes. The first consideration when selecting a recessed light is what type of illumination you are looking to achieve. There are also many options when it comes to the lamps used in recessed lighting. Flood, halogen, fluorescent and LED are some of the options.

The first function of recessed lighting, and the most common, is a basic six-inch downlight, which is designed to light up a general area. The second function is accent lighting, which is designed to illuminate and draw attention to a certain area such as a picture, piece of art, a sculpture or a fireplace. These are normally three or four inches and can be adjusted to direct light to the desired area.

The third function is a task or working light which is designed to illuminate directly over a specific area such as a counter top or reading area. These normally vary in size depending on the area and space needing illumination.

There is also low voltage recessed lighting which provides a more brilliant light. Low voltage halogen bulbs have a long life and gives off more light than incandescent bulbs. This type of recessed lighting is a little more expensive and requires the use of transformers and special low voltage housings.

Dimming recessed lighting is also recommended to control intensity and the overall lighting atmosphere in a room.

Whether it is downlighting, accent lighting or task lighting, consult a professional to inquire about your options. Installing recessed lighting comes down to the need and desire of the customer. For all your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.