Recessed lighting is an inexpensive and contemporary way to improve the value and appearance of your home. Any room in the house can benefit from recessed lighting, with the removal of existing bulky light fittings and wires creating a cleaner, more spacious appearance. Whether you are redecorating an entire area of your house or simply require an additional light source in one specific location, consider recessed lighting as a more attractive and modern alternative.
Recessed Lighting in the Hallway
Most new homes now include some recessed lighting in hallways, entrance areas, or porches. Units are installed into the ceiling with only a ring and bulb visible to the eye. It’s a simple, uncluttered look that can be used in nearly any room of a new home, as well as in some areas of an older home.
Lounges are a great place to install recessed lighting. The lights can be used with a variety of effects – directional spotlights, floodlights, coloured or discrete lighting can all be used to create the ideal room in which to work, rest and play whilst at the same time highlighting any attractive features of the room.
The kitchen offers a very versatile location for the introduction of recessed lighting. Not just for the ceiling, recessed lighting can be installed under existing cupboards to shine down on working surfaces where you may be studying a cookery book or combining ingredients for a sumptuous meal.
What better way to create an ambient or romantic mood for dinner than with spot lit recessed lighting. With the application of a dimmer switch on your dining room lighting circuit, you are able to create any mood you wish. Recessed lighting will surely create a talking point over dinner!
Recessed lighting in the bathroom adds a touch of class to your ablutions. As with the kitchen, you will need Building Control permission before changing an electric circuit in the bathroom, and you will have to use special sealed units to guard against condensation.
Recessed lighting in the bedroom can create an awesome effect – especially when integrated with existing lighting applications or uplighted coving. Combining recessed lighting with any existing lighting effects is okay provided that you do not exceed the recommend load on the electrical circuit.
Low voltage recessed lighting in garden decking or installed into steps provide additional safety when trying to navigate your garden in the dark and extra security for your property. It is also an attractive addition to a garden and can be used in many imaginative situations to great effect.
A further attractive security measure is having recessed lighting brighten your drive. A more convenient way of lightening up the path to your property, recessed lighting in the drive can be integrated with a gate or garage opening mechanism to come on and go off just when you need it.
Installing recessed lighting can be quite an advanced job and better if done by a qualified tradesman. In certain rooms (bathroom and kitchen) you will need Building Control permission before commencing any work and, as with most electrical installations, Part P approval from a London electrician to ensure you work conforms to the building regulations. Despite the hard work, cost and red tape involved in installing recessed lighting in your property, the effort is definitely worthwhile and provides the opportunity to let your house shine out.