Recessed Lighting Can Sizes

Recessed Lighting Can Sizes

With recessed lighting properly placed in the ceiling, any space can benefit from the gentle ambiance it brings. While there is no denying that this type of fixture is a great choice, the matter of figuring out recessed lighting can sizes can be a little tricky. Let’s take a closer look at this topic so you can make the choice with confidence.

Determining the Size

When looking at recessed lighting can sizes, there are a few considerations attached to this factor. For example, it is important to note that the sizes are not referring to the bulb alone, although the size of the bulb can vary from size to size, but rather is referring to the unit as a whole once trim is in place. The trim can either be sold with the fixture and lamp or sold separately. Most manufacturers will list the size of the recessed can lighting solution to help you determine the size of the product. There are six common sizes ranging from 1 inch to 6 inches.

Choosing a Size

The best way to choose recessed lighting can sizes is to look at the architectural features of the space. For instance, the amount of space available to you in the ceiling where the light will be placed determines which size may be appropriate for your space. Most people think the recessed can light is simply the round light fixture that is visible when looking up at the ceiling, but fixtures often have an additional part of its design that is used almost as an anchor to keep the fixture secure in the beams of the ceiling. When looking at size though, the size you see listed on the product is related to the diameter of the fixture and not the additional part of the system housed inside the ceiling. When choosing the right size, you need to consider how the entire fixture will fit in the space and not just the visible aspects. Once you have determined how big you can go with the ceiling construction, the next step is to look at which size might be best suited to the needs of your room.

Each can size has different benefits worth considering. For example, can lights measuring 1” and 2” are typically used to add extra illumination to tight spaces. Can lights of 3” and 4” are the most commonly seen options for ambiance lighting for areas such as kitchens and bathrooms because they produce a wider scope of illumination that is still ambient yet noticeable. It can also be used for task lighting over specific areas since it casts a more focused light output. Can sizes of 5” and 6” are ideal for general lighting needs since they are larger, but can also be used as ambient lighting in large spaces.

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