Advantages and Disadvantages of Recessed Lighting

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Oozle Media

Why You Should Use 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!


Is Recessed Lighting Outdated?

We get a lot of people asking if recessed lighting is right for them for more than just the advantages and disadvantages. If you’ve ever heard that recessed lighting is outdated or out of style, you might want to do a little more research to see all of the creative ways you can use it! Consider lighting the underside of your kitchen cupboards, or lining a hallway to guide guests to the bathroom. There are a lot of things you can do, and we’ll even teach you how to install them in this blog!

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 Electrical at (801) 386-7331. We do installations, repairs, and give expert advice!

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