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Line Voltage vs Low Voltage

The two most popular types of recessed lighting are Line Voltage and Low Voltage.

Line Voltage
Line Voltage Lighting

Line Voltage recessed lighting uses the standard 120V power that is found in your house. Line voltage housings typically use a medium base socket to fit your standard type of light bulbs.

Low Voltage
Low Voltage Lighting

Low Voltage recessed lighting uses a transformer to reduce the power from 120V to 12V. The transformer is typically included with the housing. Low Voltage fixtures use a smaller light bulb such as an MR16 Halogen bulb.

Commercial Lighting
Commercial Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is very common in commercial applications. 8" Housings with vertical CFL bulbs are the most common in this application.

Housing Type

Housing Type

Recessed housings are the first step to equipping your home with recessed lighting. It is important to be aware whether your home needs either a New Construction or Remodel Housing.

New Construction Housing
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New Construction Housings are installed between the ceiling joists in the attic space and are usually installed before installation of the dry wall. Therefore the housing is supported by the joist and not just ceiling material. If the ceiling material is already installed, "New Construction" housing installation will require access from the other side of the ceiling (attic space).

Remodel Housing
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Remodel Housings are installed in the ceiling material, do not tie into the ceiling or floor joist, and are totally supported by the ceiling material. They are used where attic access is not available or where space is available but extremely hard to access.  They are clipped to the ceiling material via 4 metal spring clips that are pushed into place and locked from inside the housing. They are designed to accommodate a large range of ceiling material thickness.

Trim Size (Inches)

Trim Size

6 Inch Trim Size

Trim Size refers to the size of the finished opening in your recessed light fixture, also known as aperture. The 6" and 4" trim sizes are the most commonly used trims and are suitable for most applications. Larger trim sizes are generally used for more commercial applications.

IC Rating

IC Rated vs Non-IC Rated

Recessed Housings are eithere IC Rated or Non-IC Rated.

IC Rated (Insulation Contact)
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IC Rated recessed housings are intended for direct contact with insulation.

Non-IC Rated (Non-Insulation Contact)
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Non-IC rated recessed housings are not intended to be installed with direct contact with insulation material and require a minimum clearance of 3 inches.

Airtight Housings

Airtight Housings

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Recessed housings that are "Airtight" are considered to be a more energy efficient option for your home. They prevent both warm and cold air from escaping into the ceiling space.

Shallow Ceiling Compatible

Shallow Ceiling Compatible

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These recessed housings are specifically designed for shallow ceiling applications. Most times these are necessary for ceilings underneath the second story.

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Bulb Type

Bulb Type

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CFL bulbs are more and more frequently becoming the norm in the American household. With their long life span and bright shades CFL's are always a good option if you want a fixture that performs and saves you money every year.

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Incandescent bulbs are the standard bulb in lighting. Not as efficient as a CFL, but provides a warm yellow light.

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Halogen bulbs are known for their brightness and long life spans. Although these bulbs get quite hot they are a good solution if you are looking for ample amounts of light.

Incandescent or Fluorescent
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We have combined all the fixtures that can use either a CFL or a standard incandescent bulb into one simple location so you can choose whether you would like a more traditional setup or an energy saving CFL configuration.

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Much like their halogen counterparts are extremely bright bulbs with long lifespans that will use a Xenon or Krypton gas inside the bulb.

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Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are known for being incredibly efficient and long lasting. Lasting 25x longer than a standard bulb. While incandescent and fluorescent lights consist of filaments in glass bulbs or bulbs that contain gases, LEDs consist of small capsules or lenses in which tiny chips are placed on heat-conducting material.


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