Recessed Lighting for Remodels
It's important to know whether to use a "Remodel" or "New Construction" style housing before choosing a recessed ceiling light. Although these terms seem straightforward, they are somewhat misnamed. "New Construction" housings are appropriate when you have plenty of space around where the light is going to be installed. "New Construction" housings are used when: A) You are building in a new space where there is full access to the wall/ceiling/floor without sheet rock or plaster restricting your access to beams, or B) You have an overhead attic, pop-out ceiling panel or additional access to the area. The space is necessary because "New Construction" housings are bulkier and installed in between joist beams or hanger bars from T-Bar or drop ceilings.
"Remodel" housings are less bulky and a great choice when you have little to no access to the space above the new fixture. This choice is common in apartments or homes without crawl spaces or attics. Even though "Remodel" housings are less bulky, it does not mean that sheetrock won't need to be removed. Holes may also be drilled into the ceiling to accommodate your new lighting plan. The Remodel housing units available on Louie Lighting are manufactured by RAB Lighting, one of the top brands in the industry for indoor, landscape and commercial lighting.