Can Light & Recessed Lighting Contractor in Jacksonville FL

American Electric specializes in recessed lighting installation for homes and businesses in Jacksonville, FL. Can lights, high hats and spotlights are versatile recessed lighting systems that our electrical contractors utilize in residential and commercial applications. Learn more about recessed lighting for your home today.

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Recessed lighting can be installed in new construction. With so many different applications and looks, it’s tough to know where to begin. This guide will give you the rundown of what you need to know about getting the right recessed lights for your needs and incorporating them into your space.

Recessed lighting, also known as can lights, high hats and spotlights are some of the most versatile lighting options out there. Whether you choose to use them for downlighting, wall lighting, or even up lighting these lights are a great solution for providing ambient light in a variety of residential and commercial spaces. Recessed lighting is used to light a room or as accent lighting to highlight furniture, artwork or just the wall itself.

The most common use of recessed lighting, is downlighting from the ceiling, which is a perfect solution if you want to evenly light any room. But you can also install LED recessed lighting into a wall, using a reflector flange to illuminate a work area pathway or staircase. In-ground recessed LED lighting is typically used in outdoor applications to illuminate a pathway, outdoor living area or to add dramatic uplighting to the building or landscaping.

Understanding the Components of Recessed Lighting

LED recessed Light Installation in Kitchen

LED recessed lighting installation consists of two components, the housing and the trim. The housing contains all workings and the trim is what you’ll see after installation. As each component needs to fit together so it’s most important to buy them together as one package.

Why Installing the Correct Recessed Lighting Housing is Important

For new construction, you’ll want housing that can be installed when the ceiling joists are still visible – before the sheetrock goes up.

For remodels, or if you are upgrading to LED recessed lighting, you’ll need housing that will fit through the existing opening and held in place with accompanying clips.

How to Select the Correct High Hat & Can Light Bulbs

Most bulbs in recessed lighting are integrated LED, where no bulb is needed. But if you’re using a non-LED recessed light, there are plenty of different styles of lamps to fit the specifications of any configuration. The following list of bulb types and room recommendations will help make your selection easier.

  • A type bulbs are the most common type used for a variety of applications.
  • R type bulbs contain a reflector and excellent beam control making them perfect for spotlights, floodlights and display lighting.
  • PAR type bulbs are excellent for task lighting, as well as general lighting.
  • MR16 type bulbs are ideal for accent lighting due to their excellent beam control with their long beams and wide spread.

Room by Room High Hat Light Bulb Recommendations

  • Kitchens require high ambient – 700-1200 Lumens per light
  • Dining Rooms require moderate ambient light – 600-1000 Lumens per light
  • Living Rooms and Dens require Low ambient light – 400-800 Lumens per light
  • Bathrooms require High ambient light – 700-1200 Lumens per light
  • Hallways require Low ambient light – 400-800 Lumens per light

If you need professional help installing your recessed lighting, we can help. Call American Electric of Jacksonville to learn more about our recessed lighting installation services by our licensed electricians in Jacksonville, FL