Halo Recessed Lighting
Halo recessed light fixtures are ceiling-mounted bulbs contained within small niches or alcoves. They are an effective way to subtly illuminate a room, especially in combination with other forms of lighting. Recessed lighting can be used to:
- Spotlight specific objects such as plants or objects of art
- Accentuate wall mountings or textures
- Downlight an entire room.
Recessed fixtures can also be handy for focusing light on a highly specific area such as a bathtub or kitchen counter without unnecessarily flooding the entire room with illumination. In a larger room, recessed lighting fixtures can enhance the illusion of space, both vertical and horizontal. They are particularly effective when used in conjunction with dimmers. Recessed floodlights are often safer than standard bulbs of the same wattage.
Types of Halo Recessed Lighting
Recessed fixtures are usually four to six inches in diameter and are commonly sold in five different varieties or trims:
- Open - the bulb is uniformly exposed for a steady downlight
- Reflector - enhances and expands the bulb's glare
- Lens - minimizes glare by means of a lens shield
- Baffle - minimizes glare by means of ribbed protrusions
- Eyeball - adjustable trim which allows the bulb to be focused in multiple directions.
Selecting Lighting Fixtures
Halo recessed lighting fixtures are installed within special housing known as cans, which vary in design according to whether the fixture is to be installed directly in the ceiling or simply affixed to it, and whether it is to have direct contact with the house's insulation. Most hardware stores or professional lighting web sites can guide an individual in choosing the correct housing.
Halo Recessed Lighting Installation Tips
For general downlighting in a large room, recessed light fixtures should be kept six to eight feet apart to maintain an even spread of illumination. The housing is installed first, inserted into a mounting frame in the ceiling, and secured into place by screws or clips. The trim is then attached to the can, and a bulb appropriate to the trim put into place. Different trims will use different lamps, with the more open trims taking brighter floodlights and the more closed trims taking standard bulbs.
One popular choice for recessed lighting is a multifaceted reflector lamp, which makes use of a coated bulb covered with spiral-like facets that cause shadows to be subtly splayed and dispersed about the room in a pleasing effect much like a natural fire. Such multifaceted reflectors are commonly used to accentuate bathrooms. Caution must naturally be taken to ensure that a bulb is compatible with a given trim, as inappropriate bulbs can cause overheated wires and electrical fires.