Sloped Ceiling Recessed Lighting

What Makes Sloped Ceiling Recessed Lighting Different?

If you are building a new home or renovating an existing property, you may be wondering how you are going to install lighting on the sloped or vaulted ceilings that are very popular in modern construction. The primary reason most homeowners request sloped ceilings is because the unobstructed open space makes the room feel much larger than it actually is. Adding fixtures which must hang low enough to clear the slope clutter the space and interfere with the style of openness. Recessed lighting cans are stylish and aesthetically pleasing, but the angle of the ceiling makes it a challenge to have adequate lighting aiming straight down to the floor. Luckily with the development of sloped ceiling recessed lighting, you can have adequate light, and open space easily and inexpensively.

What separates sloped recessed housing from other fixtures is the fact the the light socket is angled inside the unit to accommodate slopes with a pitch of 2/12 to 6/12. The unit installs just like any other flush mount fixture fastening easily to a variety of materials such as wood or metal studs with screws or nails. The socket is adjustable within the fixture allowing you to adjust the angle to match the slope of your ceiling.

Matching Fixtures With Sloped Recessed Lighting Trim:

Just like you must purchase a sloped ceiling recessed lighting unit designed for angled surfaces, you must also purchase a baffle and trim that are made for vaulted ceilings as well. Similar to the fixture configuration, sloped recessed light trims have angled and adjustable cone shapes that focus the light straight down. It may be wise to also invest in air tight recessed lighting trim as well in order to reduce drafts, and air leaks. Although can lights are energy efficient, their housing construction is known to raise your heating and cooling bills if precautions aren't taken during the time of construction.

Eyeball Recessed Lighting:

One alternative option to purchasing sloped ceiling recessed lighting fixtures which can cost much more than traditional fixtures is to purchase eyeball recessed lighting trims. These devices allow you to use a traditional flush mount fixtures but lower the bulb into an adjustable eyeball socket that can be pointed in any direction. The advantage of this type of trim is that they are not only less expensive, but they also allow you to focus the light in any direction. If you would like to accent a particular piece of furniture or wall decoration, you are free to illuminate and focus light in any direct.

The disadvantages however are that since the bulb is moved lower in the fixture, many people find the eyeball produces a glare that can be distracting. Additionally, most eyeball recessed lighting trims limit the wattage of your bulb to 75 watts or less. This is usually not an issue, but if you have ceilings in excess of 20 feet, you may find using a sloped ceiling recess lighting fixture allows you to use bulbs of up to 150 watts.