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Recessed Lighting in Your Hamptons/East End, Long Island Home

In our experience, good lighting can really enhance a home. Recessed lighting is just one of the many choices you have when remodeling. It is a popular one, and for good reason, which we’ll expand on in this post.

What is Recessed Lighting?

Sometimes referred to as can lights or downlights, these lighting fixtures are flush with the ceiling. They essentially are sunken into it; hence the name ‘recessed lighting.’ This kind of lighting can be found throughout a home. In fact, one benefit to recessed lighting is that there isn’t a fixture to hang down and block a view or worry about hitting your head on (common issues with fixtures over dining tables or islands).

Versatility & Variety

Recessed lighting can look good with modern as well as with more traditional décor. There are many kinds to choose from, and they can be used to create many forms of illumination. You even have options when it comes to how to turn them on and off – there can be dimmers, or separate switches for different areas of a room. The possibilities can feel endless, and we’ll be there to help you along the way.


This is the part that contains the light fixture – it sits above the ceiling and holds the trim and bulb in place. Installing them can require opening up your ceiling via something called trenching, unless you happen to have some form of open space above the ceiling (like an attic).

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The most common sizes for recessed lighting tend to be from 4 to 7 inches in diameter, with 6 inches being the most popular choice. We can help you figure out the right size combination to achieve the look you want.

Trim Style

There are many options – wood, metal, plastic to name a few- and we have the experience to help you choose a good trim style for your home’s recessed lighting. Let’s look at a few popular choices: 

  • Baffle trim –The most common recessed lighting trim style. It’s ribbed on the inside, the bulb sits up in the fixture and isn’t totally flush with the ceiling.
  • Reflector trim – The bulb is seated up in the fixture. Mirrored surfaces enhance the bulb’s illumination. Tinting may be an option. 
  • Open trim – The bulb is either totally or almost flush with the ceiling. Can offer unrestricted illumination from the bulb. 
  • Eyeball trim – Tilts and pivots, allowing it to be focused on a particular area. Can dip below the ceiling line. (Looks a little like a cartoon eyeball.) 
  • Gimbal trim – Very similar to eyeball trim but the lamp itself doesn’t dip below the ceiling as much. Its housing may block some of the light depending on which way it’s positioned. 
  • Pinhole trim – Very focused and narrower than the average fixture opening. Can be used to really spotlight certain areas. 
  • Wall-wash trim – A shield over half of the bulb area restricts the light to a specific area. Can be used to highlight an architecture feature (fireplace) or piece of art. 
  • Shower trim – Has a tempered glass lens. Designed to be used in a shower, bathroom, or anyplace you’re concerned about the fixture getting wet.

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Blue Color Matters

To be honest, it matters for any kind of lighting in your home. One thing we commonly tell clients is to test out the bulbs in the room you’ll be using them in. Most of our clients prefer light bulbs with warmer tones, especially the newer ‘warm’ LEDs. 


There are a few cons to having just recessed lighting in your rooms. They may not be bright enough to really being able to see when doing meal prep work, as you need something more direct. This is especially true if your ceiling is very high, since by the time the light reaches the sitting, working, or eating area, the light has dissipated too much. 

Too many recessed lighting fixtures can make your ceiling look cluttered. In addition, having too many can end up with the light bouncing off a countertop or piece of furniture (table, dresser, etc.), since they aren’t diffused (as opposed to a pendant light or wall sconce, which can have diffusers). 

We have helped guide many clients through the process of choosing lighting options when remodeling. Contact FD Building Co. at (631) 779-2859 or send us a message to discuss how we can help you figure out the best lighting plan that works for your Hamptons/East End home.