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Advantages and Disadvantages of Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is a type of lighting setup where the lights are embedded in the ceiling. In other words, the lights are recessed into the ceiling. These are also known as can lights since they consist of a bulb inside of a can housed in the ceiling. This type of lighting setup can be an aesthetic and efficient form of lighting, but like anything, has its disadvantages as well. In general, these lights have a clean, minimalist feel and make for nice design in certain types of homes, but ultimately the decision comes down to personal taste.

If you are considering installing recessed lighting in your home, we recommend reading  7 Warning Signs of Dangerous Electrical Problems. Though recessed lighting can be an excellent choice for any home, we want you to be safe as well as informed. Have a brief look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of recessed lighting setups.


  • Expensive
  • Requires cutting and sizing holes in ceiling
  • Safety concerns
  • Difficult to move


  • Almost invisible
  • Out of the way/save on space
  • Minimalist aesthetic
  • No external hardware
  • Matches any decor
  • Lightweight
  • Clean, evenly-distributed light
  • Adjustable brightness

Still not convinced? Take a look at some of the images below to help you determine if recessed lights are right for you, as well as take some ideas for your home!

Whatever you are considering for your home, you might want to take these advantages and disadvantages into account. Recessed lighting is lovely and minimalist though expensive and difficult to install or make changes to. We understand that making this decision can be difficult, and we are happy to help you with any questions or concerns you might have. If you do decide to install can lights, contact JP Electric at (801) 386-7331. We do installations, repairs, and give expert advice!