This kitchen recessed lighting remodel enhances this contemporary home!


Recessed lighting looks fantastic. It maintains the integrity of the ceiling’s smooth plane while beaming gorgeous light downward. It’s also particularly striking when dimmed at night. It’s no wonder why they’ve become so popular in recent years.

There are many different factors to consider when planning a recessed lighting remodel. However, once you assemble the perfect combination, your lighting will be striking, effective, and remarkably adaptable to your changing needs.

This post discusses everything you need to know for a recessed lighting remodel. We’ll talk about how to choose right kind of housing, insulation safety, voltage needs, and the varieties of trim you can select.

Choose the Right Recessed Light Housing: New Construction or Remodel

Recessed light housings are the fixtures that are set into your walls or ceilings. They make up the internal components of recessed lighting that cannot be seen when the project is finished. We’ll explain the two main types: new construction recessed lighting fixtures and remodel recessed lighting fixtures.

New construction recessed light housing fixtures are appropriate when there is easy access to the ceiling, such as when building a new house. Sheetrock or plaster should not be blocking access to beams. These housing fixtures are rather bulky and heavy. However, they are the easiest to install and wire.

Remodel recessed light housing fixtures are best for places where there is limited to no access to the crawl space above. While lighter and less bulky, they will still require cutting into sheetrock and making holes in your ceiling.

Discussing your project ideas with a knowledgeable contractor such as L. Evans Design will be essential in determining the best way to proceed in your situation. For example, a full remodel of your kitchen may be a great opportunity to install new construction light housing fixtures. Or if your project is small, the most cost-effective option may be remodel recessed lighting fixtures.

Do You Need Insulation-Friendly Recessed Light Housings?

Safety is an utmost priority in any remodel. Especially when dealing with electrical devices, you should overlook nothing.

One of the most important factors when considering recessed lighting fixtures is the insulation in your ceiling. Will they be in direct contact with insulation? If so, you must use IC-rated (insulation contact) fixtures. This will prevent the outer housing from becoming hot enough to damage the insulation or cause other hazards.

If the point of installation does not contain insulation, non-IC rated fixtures are acceptable to use. Consulting a contractor to go over your specific options will help ensure your home’s safety.

Choosing High or Low Voltage Recessed Lighting

Now we’re getting into the aesthetics of your lighting scheme.

Will your recessed lights mostly be for aesthetic purposes or highlighting specific features of a room? If so, you’ll want to consider low-voltage recessed lighting to draw attention to art or as very specific task lighting such as above a desk.

High-voltage devices, on the other hand, pull up to 150w and will illuminate your space with a wash of light. These are wired directly to your electrical panel like any other typical electric device. They are ideal for living rooms, kitchens, or entertaining spaces.

Selecting Your Recessed Lighting Trim

Recessed lighting trim comes in a variety of opening sizes, typically from 1”-6″. To match the look and feel of your existing space, you can choose from a range of styles.

Baffle trim is the most common, which features large grooves on the inside that absorb excess light. If you have a white ceiling, consider a white trim to reduce the appearance of dark circles in your ceiling. Or if you’re ceiling is wooden or a dark color, black can blend smoothly and will reduce glare.

For a modern discreet look to create eloquent ambience try a Clear trim which has a neutral appearance with low brightness or Haze which can hide the appearance of dust and fingerprints.

Another popular choice for current trends is Wheat Alzak which adds a warm tone to the room.

Other options include reflector trims that bounce the most light off of their sides, lensed trims that are suitable to withstand moisture (such as showers or bathrooms) and adjustable trims that can be angled in different directions.

Again, it’s important to consult a licensed contractor before settling on a style for your recessed lighting remodel. Because L. Evans Design utilizes both interior design and contracting knowledge, we can find a solution that is both safe and attractive.

Ready to remodel? Contact the experienced remodelers at L. Evans Design Group.

If you’re dreaming of a recessed lighting remodel, reach out to our skilled team! Our experienced contractors can review recessed lighting remodel options with you and help you determine the best fit for your lighting design.

If you’re in the Portland OR area, contact us today about your remodel project.