Recessed Lighting 101: Channel Mounts

Recessed Lighting 101: Channel Mounts

At Diffuser Specialist, our highlighted area of expertise tends to center around large, area lighting and industrial fluorescent light fixtures. What you may not know is that we also care about the much smaller, more aesthetic niches of lighting that offer a sense of character and hospitality to your home.

Today we’re going to take a look at a simple home lighting idea that can add a sense of space and modern flare to any room in thew house. Let’s talk about recessed lighting and channel mounts.

What is recessed lighting?

Also known as canned lighting, recessed lights are fixtures installed in the ceiling or walls of a room. When installed, recessed lights are usually not noticed until turned on, because they do not protrude into the open air. There are many designs for housing and fixtures, as well as type of light and bulb, but they all operate in much the same way.

Where to use Recessed Lighting

Keep in mind that recessed lights are mainly used for mood/accent lighting – not as a primary light source. However, if designed right, a recessed lighting layout can provide you with much of the lighting you require. A good way to plan for recessed lighting to think of areas that you almost always need a light source to complete chores or do work. For instance, recessed lighting above the kitchen sink, stove, and kitchen island is practical and functional. Likewise, recessed lighting above bathroom sinks or going down hallways between bedrooms will offer the right amount of visibility without excess.

Where not to use Recessed Lighting

Consider your ceiling. If you’re living in a modern home with flat matte finished walls, then recessed lighting will almost certainly make your room “pop”. However, if you’re updating an older home with more elegant features like raised plaster or wallpaper, you may end up detracting from the overall aesthetics of the room.

In addition, you do not want to install too many fixtures. A general rule for recessed lighting placement is an “Inch for a Foot”. This means that if your fixture is if your fixtures are 5inches across, you want to place them no less than 5ft away from one another.

Channel Mounts for your Cabinets

Have you ever needed one more ingredient tucked away in some forgotten cabinet or in the depths of the pantry? Aren’t your hands usually covered in flour, oil, batter, butter, or some type of sauce? The last thing you want to do is rummage around in the dark, touching every item and leaving food residue on glasses, bowls, boxes, and bags. Install automatic lights that will turn on the instant you open any cabinet in your kitchen. The recessed channel mounts will illuminate your situation and help to reduce rummaging around in frustration.

Get Designing for Your Recessed Lighting

You know you want them, and now you know where to get them. When you’re ready to make your design come to life, make sure you get the exact recessed lighting fixture or channel mount you need at Diffuser Specialist. Remember, if we don’t have it, we’ll make it!

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:Sources:
http://interiordec.about.com/od/lightingbasics/a/Grecessedlights.htm

http://jpdschoolofdesign.blogspot.com/2011/01/recessed-lighting-101.html

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