Recessed lights are one of the most popular modern lighting options for homes and for many office settings. Also called downlights and can lights (short for “canister lights”), they provide general (ambient) lighting, task lighting, or accent lighting while remaining unobtrusive because the lights are recessed into the ceiling (or in some cases into a wall).

By hiding the lights to a degree, recessed fixtures help to open up a space and more prominently feature what’s in a room rather than the lights themselves.

This article will give you a general overview of recessed lighting including its three main components, applications, and things to consider when buying housing, trim, or bulbs for recessed lighting.

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