Recessed Lighting Buying Guide

Gone are the days of ho-hum recessed lighting. Today’s fixtures offer interesting color combinations, efficient sources of light, and cool updated colors and materials.

Types of Recessed Lighting

Types of Recessed Lighting

Although recessed lighting may seem straightforward, the types of recessed fixtures available are actually fairly diverse. Your fixture choices depend not just on looks and personal preference, but where the fixtures will be used and the type of project, such as a brand-new room or a revamped space. Analyze your particular needs and then pick the perfect recessed lighting fixtures based on round or square; new construction or remodel; IC(insulation contact)-rated or non-IC housing; flush, standard, or shallow; and dry, damp, or wet location rated.

Round Vs. Square

Recessed lighting fixtures come in two shapes: round or square. With no difference in performance between the two, choose your shape based on design preference in the room you are lighting.

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Westinghouse
$20.39

Offers a quick and easy home upgrade to current recessed lighting Works with most existing recessed cans that use medium base ligh...t bulbs Perfect for kitchens, family rooms or anywhere you already have recessed lighting Installs quickly and easily with... read more

Tech Lighting
$2,500.00 $1000.00

Tech Lighting 9 Light 29.5" Recessed or Surface Mounted Mirror from the Contemporary / Modern Collection Round mirror surrounded b...y a cove of diffused white light. Available in two styles: recessed and surface. Plated pressure formed frame. Provides shadow-free task and ambient light. Halogen includes transformer and nine 12 volt, 20 watt halogen bi-pin lamps; compact fluorescent includes six 9 watt 2G7 base twin tube lamps and electronic ballast. Halogen version dimmable with a standard incandescent dimmer. Recessed version requires modifications to existing wall construction. Features: ETL Listed Specifications: Height: 29.5" Length: 24" Weight: 35 read more

Progress Lighting
$388.80 $233.28

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in remodel or new construction applications Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Alico
$252.00 $168.00

Dart 2 Inch ADA Compliant Recessed Steplight with Driver Features: Comes complete with housing for new construction and LED driver... Crafted from aluminum Indoor use only Dimensions: Height: 7.5" Width: 2" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Electrical Specifications: Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Base: Integrated LED Wattage: 3 LED: Yes Color Temperature: 3200K read more

New Construction Vs. Remodel

Recessed lighting fixtures differ based on purpose. Those used for new construction attach to ceiling joists by arms. Fixtures used for remodeling have clips that go directly into ceiling drywall.

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Halo
$49.91

This non IC white powder-coated housing is AIR-TITE. For remodel housing, it can be installed in existing ceilings from below the ...ceiling. Socket for 120V GU10 halogen lamps. Fits 2" x 6" joist construction. From Halo lighting. read more

Juno
$14.99

From Juno Lighting comes this line voltage IC remodeling recessed light housing. The housing features an air-loc ready non-perfora...ted aluminum housing. This light housing may be covered with insulation. read more

Juno
$41.99

This Juno Lighting remodel slope ceiling housing is designed for use in non-insulated areas. This housing helps provide proper lig...hting from a sloped ceiling. If installed where insulation is present, the insulation must be pulled back 3" from all... read more

EnviroLite
$96.74

EnviroLite 4 in. LED shallow recessed housings are specially designed for quick and easy installation during remodel construction ...projects. The low can height allows for installation in tight ceilings with 2 in. x 6 in. joist construction. Each housing... read more

IC-Rated Vs. Non-IC Housing

The type of recessed fixture you choose also depends on whether or not it will come into contact with insulation; those that will contact insulation must be IC(insulation contact)-rated. Recessed lighting fixtures that won’t contact insulation can have non-IC housings.

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$58.00

This 6 inch shower trim is compatible with most 6 inch housings. It is made with a glass lens and is polycarbonate so it will not ...rust. Albalite lens Polycarbonate Shower trim one (1) 40-watt bulb, one (1) 60-watt bulb Setting: Indoor Fixture finish:... read more

Low Voltage or Line Voltage

The kind of voltage that powers recessed lighting fixtures can also be different. Those that have reduced voltage—a low-voltage system—need a transformer and special dimmer. Line voltage light fixtures can be powered off standard electrical plugs.

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Halo
$159.99

This IC rated double wall aluminum housing is AIR-TITE with a supplied gasket. For new construction housing, it prevents airflow b...etween heated or air conditioned spaces and unconditioned attic areas. From Halo lighting. read more

Juno
$48.99

Reduce trim brightness and glare with this low voltage black alzak recessed trim from Juno Lighting. Use this light in lower ceili...ng height areas such as soffits, casework and niches. It is adjustable giving you versatility in your lighting. To be used with Juno recessed housing. read more

WAC
$32.50

A specular clear cone reflector from WAC with a brushed nickel finish trim. The cone creates a neutral appearance with low brightn...ess. To be used with WAC IC New Constructions, Non-IC New Construction, and Non-IC Remodeling recessed light housing. 35... read more

Juno
$48.99

Reduce trim brightness and glare with this low voltage black alzak recessed trim from Juno Lighting. Use this light in lower ceili...ng height areas such as soffits, casework and niches. It is adjustable giving you versatility in your lighting. To be used... read more

Standard or Shallow Housing

The depth of the ceiling and your design preferences also determine the type of recessed fixture you choose. Standard fixtures have a standard depth that fits into the ceiling space. Shallow recessed fixtures are suitable for many remodeling projects, in which there may be less ceiling height between beams.

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Progress Lighting
$32.13

Grounding pigtail. 0.5 in. knock outs. Housing adjusts from 0.5 in. to 1 in. thick ceilings. Porcelain socket with nickel-plated b...rass screw shell. Notched housing for chalkline alignment. Overspray protection. Adjustable slide bars lock unit securely... read more

EnviroLite
$17.55

EnviroLite 6 in. LED shallow recessed housings are specially designed for quick and easy installation during new construction proj...ects. The low can height allows for installation in tight ceilings with 2 in. x 6 in. joist construction. Each housing... read more

Progress Lighting
$36.90

Eyeball trim for use with Progress 6 in. shallow recessed lighting housings. Rotates 358-degrees, tilts 30-degrees.

Dry, Damp, or Wet Location Rated

The recessed lighting fixture you choose also depends on where it will be used. Those for bathroom spaces, for example, should be rated for damp locations.

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Juno Lighting Group
$35.90

5-inch Recessed Lighting Kit - Approved For Wet Locations This recessed lighting kit features 5-inch insulation-ready housing and ...an enclosed baffle with a white finish. This fixture is approved for wet locations when an outdoor-rated PAR30 lamp is used. The housing can be completely covered with insulation. It is air-tight which reduces heating and cooling costs. The hangers are expandable up to 25 inches. This kit accepts a single 75-watt long-neck PAR30 halogen bulb. read more

Lightolier
$49.99

2084 Series 3.75 Inch Lens Free Wet Location Trim 2084 3.75 inch lens free wet location trim features a flexible, high temperature... silicone gasket to ensure sealing of electrical components. Available in gloss white/white, and clear diffuse/white. For... read more

Fixed or Movable

Most often the bulb inside the recessed lighting fixture is stationary, but some fixtures have movable bulbs that enable you to direct illumination where it’s needed.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Several purchase considerations affect not only the look of your recessed lighting fixtures, but also how they work and the quality of light they give off. Evaluate your favorite recessed lighting fixtures for bulb requirements, trim and reflector colors, and how they combine with other fixtures in the room.

Type of Bulb

Recessed lighting fixtures require different types of bulbs—some of which are shaped like a standard bulb and others which may have a flatter, wider light surface. In addition, recessed fixtures are also available as halogen, low-voltage halogen, and LED. The fixture you choose must be outfitted with the right type of bulb to work properly.

Trim and Reflector Colors

The metal pieces of the recessed fixtures now come in a range of trendworthy colors, including metallic and black.

Light Combinations

By themselves, recessed lighting fixtures probably won’t provide enough light for overall, task, and accent illumination. Instead, use recessed fixtures to complement a room’s overall lighting scheme.

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Tech Lighting
$2,500.00 $1000.00

Tech Lighting 9 Light 29.5" Recessed or Surface Mounted Mirror from the Contemporary / Modern Collection Round mirror surrounded b...y a cove of diffused white light. Available in two styles: recessed and surface. Plated pressure formed frame. Provides shadow-free task and ambient light. Halogen includes transformer and nine 12 volt, 20 watt halogen bi-pin lamps; compact fluorescent includes six 9 watt 2G7 base twin tube lamps and electronic ballast. Halogen version dimmable with a standard incandescent dimmer. Recessed version requires modifications to existing wall construction. Features: ETL Listed Specifications: Height: 29.5" Length: 24" Weight: 35 read more

Progress Lighting
$388.80 $233.28

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in remodel or new construction applications Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Alico
$252.00 $168.00

Dart 2 Inch ADA Compliant Recessed Steplight with Driver Features: Comes complete with housing for new construction and LED driver... Crafted from aluminum Indoor use only Dimensions: Height: 7.5" Width: 2" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Electrical Specifications: Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Base: Integrated LED Wattage: 3 LED: Yes Color Temperature: 3200K read more

Progress Lighting
$259.20 $155.52

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in new construction Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Progress Lighting
$259.20 $155.52

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in new construction Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 8" read more

Lithonia Lighting
$218.00 $163.50

The FS Series recessed LED volumetric troffer achieves the perfect combination of advanced LED technology, modern aesthetics and v...alue. Its remarkable energy savings, long life and exceptional performance make it ideal for office, school, retail and healthcare applications. It uses a specially designed satin white lens to shield the LED source and distribute light while delivering occupancy comfort and glare control. The FS Series makes it easy and affordable to transition from fluorescent to LED. Features: Rectangular shade included Made of steel Designed to cast light in a downward direction Energy Efficient LED technology allows you to save money on your energy bill Lamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient integrated diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Bulb Base: Integrated LED Bulb Type: LED Wattage: 35 Voltage: 120v, 277v Average Hours: 50000 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 82 Color Temperature: 4000K Lumens: 3300 Height: 4.38" Length: 24" Width: 24" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Location Rating: Dry Location Compliance: CSA Listed - A Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association is very familiar with U.S. requirements. According to OSHA regulations, the CSA-US Mark qualifies as an alternative to the UL Mark. If a fixture is intended for direct contact with insulation it must be IC or "Insulated Contact" rated. Defined as being approved for zero insulation clearance. read more

Lithonia Lighting
$258.00 $193.50

The FS Series recessed LED volumetric troffer achieves the perfect combination of advanced LED technology, modern aesthetics and v...alue. Its remarkable energy savings, long life and exceptional performance make it ideal for office, school, retail and healthcare applications. It uses a specially designed satin white lens to shield the LED source and distribute light while delivering occupancy comfort and glare control. The FS Series makes it easy and affordable to transition from fluorescent to LED. Features: Rectangular shade included Made of steel Designed to cast light in a downward direction Energy Efficient LED technology allows you to save money on your energy bill Lamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient integrated diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Bulb Base: Integrated LED Bulb Type: LED Wattage: 39 Voltage: 120v, 277v Average Hours: 50000 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 82 Color Temperature: 4000K Lumens: 4000 Height: 4.38" Length: 48" Width: 24" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Location Rating: Dry Location Compliance: CSA Listed - A Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association is very familiar with U.S. requirements. According to OSHA regulations, the CSA-US Mark qualifies as an alternative to the UL Mark. If a fixture is intended for direct contact with insulation it must be IC or "Insulated Contact" rated. Defined as being approved for zero insulation clearance. read more

Lithonia Lighting
$218.00 $163.50

The FS Series recessed LED volumetric troffer achieves the perfect combination of advanced LED technology, modern aesthetics and v...alue. Its remarkable energy savings, long life and exceptional performance make it ideal for office, school, retail and healthcare applications. It uses a specially designed satin white lens to shield the LED source and distribute light while delivering occupancy comfort and glare control. The FS Series makes it easy and affordable to transition from fluorescent to LED. Features: Rectangular shade included Made of steel Designed to cast light in a downward direction Energy Efficient LED technology allows you to save money on your energy bill Lamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient integrated diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Bulb Base: Integrated LED Bulb Type: LED Wattage: 35 Voltage: 120v, 277v Average Hours: 50000 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 82 Color Temperature: 3500K Lumens: 3300 Height: 4.38" Length: 24" Width: 24" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Location Rating: Dry Location Compliance: CSA Listed - A Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association is very familiar with U.S. requirements. According to OSHA regulations, the CSA-US Mark qualifies as an alternative to the UL Mark. If a fixture is intended for direct contact with insulation it must be IC or "Insulated Contact" rated. Defined as being approved for zero insulation clearance. read more

Progress Lighting
$298.80 $179.28

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in remodel or new construction applications Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 8" read more

Progress Lighting
$259.20 $155.52

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in new construction Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 4" read more

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