New Options for Recessed Lighting
Readers ask our expert, Randall Whitehead, IALD, for advice on getting a proper beam spread from LED recessed lights.
Since LEDs create directed light, how do LED recessed fixtures spread light out like an incandescent or fluorescent source?
To be totally honest, I’m not a big fan of using downlights to illuminate a room (whether LED, incandescent or fluorescent), but when I must use them, my goal is to disperse the light out as much as possible. LED versions are the most challenging because they use a narrow, uni-directional source. The first ones on the market were pretty glary. Now, there is usually a frosted or translucent diffusing lens in most recessed LED downlight fixtures. While companies like Cree and Progress make very good recessed LED fixtures, they have basically one trim style in various finishes. Juno goes one step further and offers a number of decorative trims for their LED recessed fixtures, my favorite being the Luminous Disc (#9324-SC), which helps force the downlight to act as more of an ambient light source with a decorative flair. Request a few of the trims to try out before committing to one style. It’s like dating before marriage. Here’s the big news flash: There is a new company called Recesso (www.recessolights.com) that specializes in creating trims which fit over any new or existing recessed fixture (incandescent, fluorescent and LED), turning them into a close-to-ceiling decorative fixture. That’s what I call instant gratification.
Randall Whitehead, IALD
Lastest from ask randall
I would recommend a 21-inch-diameter fixture and I would have the bottom of the fixture 36 inches above the table top. That being said, depending on... read full story
If the fixtures are decorative in nature, then 70 inches to 80 inches would be the right mounting height. If they are more of an indirect light... read full story
This has nothing to do with building code. While it is less expensive electricity-wise to not install light bulbs in the recessed fixtures, I think... read full story
Live CEU Webinar: LED Lighting 204 - LED and Solid-State Lighting Opportunities for Aging Eyes, Health and Behavior
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW) 1.0 Learning UnitIDCEC (IIDA/ASID/IDC/... read full story
Sponsored by Bock Lighting, CSL, Fanimation, Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and USA LED Lighting Solutions. Wednesday, June 10, 2-3 p.m. EDT This free CEU webinar has... read full story
Archived CEU Webinar: LED Lighting 202 - LED and Solid-State Lighting Design Update for Residential Applications
Sponsored by Emerson, Ferguson and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting. This free CEU webinar has already taken place, but you can watch the archived presentation on-demand by... read full story