A recessed lighting trim is the part of your lighting fixture that remains visible. Therefore, it's important that your lighting trim reflects not only your style but is suitable for the application it is being used for. Read on for tips on how to select the right lighting trim for your design project.
The first feature to consider in a trim is size. Trims typically range from 3" to 6" in diameter. Larger sized trims are able to produce broader amounts of light, but smaller trims are less noticeable and so appeal to a more modern and are thought of as architecturally desirable. That said, many common applications include: 6" trims as the standard for general residential downlighting and ambient lighting. This is due to their ability to accommodate a variety of lamps, wattages, and efficient optics. Their 5" counterparts have become a go-to for task lighting in smaller scale settings. 4" line voltage trims are a great choice for task and accent lighting that requires lower light levels - such as bar lighting or picture lighting.
It is also important to understand the style of trim you want. This all depends on the preferred effect you'd like to have for the finished application.
The most popular recessed lighting option, baffle trims are for use in living spaces such as living rooms, dining rooms, dens, and bedrooms. These trims feature large grooves designed to absorb excess light. Baffles help to reduce reflective glare and are typically offered in either black or white. Black baffles reduce the most amount of glare but white baffles help to eliminate the appearance of black holes in your ceiling.
Reflector TrimReflector trims are often installed into kitchens, vaulted ceilings and commercial applications. Reflector trims use a highly polished smooth interior trim for superior light production from the light source.
Adjustable trims are used in several types of applications. These types of trims allow user the ability to position the bulb to reach a desired area as the bulb "floats" in the middle of the housing. With adjustable trims the housing can be installed off center and the trim can still accomplish the desired lighting effect.
Lensed trims are designed to protect the bulb and the interior of the housing from moisture or taking on water. They are the preferred choice for use in damp locations like bathrooms, showers, and eaves.
Decorative trims are in demand because they combine the ability to provide a pleasing aesthetic while utilizing a powerful and effective halogen light source.
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