Types Of Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is a kind of lighting that doesn't take up space. This is because the fixture and light bulbs are installed directly into the wall, ceiling and even the floor. When shopping for recessed lighting, it is important to know the different types of fixtures and bulbs. This is important when shopping because you need to know how much energy a fixture or light bulb is using if you are trying to lower your electricity bill or care for the environment. We've researched all types of recessed lighting to create a comprehensive reference for you!

This post will include a description of different types of fixtures (also known as cans) and trims, as well as four different types of lamps. The fittings and trims that we will talk about are:

  • New construction
  • Remodel
  • Retrofit
  • Airtight housing
  • Shallow ceiling housing
  • Sloped ceiling
  • Insulation contact
  • Non-insulation contact
  • Flanged/flangeless trim
  • Flat trim
  • Reflectors
  • Wall wash trim


1. New construction
New construction recessed lighting fixtures are placed into the ceiling during construction, i.e. as the home is built. There are many different sizes and styles. 
Some are attached directly to the ceiling joists before drywalling, so full access to the ceiling is required. 



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