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Types of Recessed Lights

Recessed lights, also known as can lights or pot lights, come in different types and sizes. The size of the recessed light refers to its diameter, which typically ranges from 2 inches to 8 inches.

Here are some of the most common types and sizes of recessed lights:

  1. Standard (4-inch to 6-inch diameter): These are the most commonly used recessed lights, ideal for general lighting and task lighting.


  2. Mini Recessed Lights: These are smaller than standard recessed lights, measuring between 2 and 5 inches in diameter. They are perfect for highlighting artwork, decorative pieces, or other small areas.



3. Low-Profile (less than 4-inch diameter): These lights are smaller and designed to fit into tight spaces or low ceilings.


4. Adjustable: These recessed lights come with adjustable heads, allowing you to direct the light in different directions.


5. Shower Trim: These lights are designed for use in damp or wet areas, such as showers or outdoor areas. They are typically sealed to prevent moisture from entering the fixture.

6. Retrofit: These lights are designed to be installed into existing ceilings without the need for rewiring. They come with an LED light source and a trim that covers the existing hole.

Retro-fit recessed light with shower trim


7. Wall Wash: These recessed lights are designed to create a smooth, even wash of light across a wall, highlighting artwork or architectural features.


8. Eyeball: These lights are similar to adjustable lights but have a larger range of motion, allowing you to direct the light in any direction.

9. Baffle: These lights have a ribbed interior that reduces glare and creates a softer, more diffused light.




The type and size of recessed light you choose will depend on the specific lighting needs of your space.