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Baffle Recessed Lighting Trims

The most popular type of recessed lighting cover is the talented baffle trim, which employs concentric ridges to reduce the glare from a can light. A baffle is any device used to soften the effects of a sound, light or fluid. Recessed light baffle trims are commonly used in homes and offices, where their anti-glare properties can help you concentrate or relax in a gently-lit environment.

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The Battle of the Baffles

Sometimes, picking your recessed lighting trim can be tough, so we decided to pair some of them off in a schoolyard brawl to help you out! Just kidding. But we can offer you some pleasant comparisons instead...

Baffle Trim vs. Open Trim

Where are you using your recessed lighting? If it is in a more commercial or industrial setting, a plain old open trim, maybe even reflective, might be a good idea because you are typically trying to get as much light as possible in that kind of environment. But if you are looking to light a home, or an office, or a home office, you might want to consider a nice gentle baffle trim. Baffle trims are the medicine men of can lighting, capable of relieving weary eyes and possibly even preventing glare-induced headaches. Pair a baffle trim with a dimmer and you will never get in a domestic fight with your lighting again!

Black Baffle vs. White Baffle

Since baffle trims are meant to reduce glare, people often like to choose black baffle trims because the dark color works to further dilute the brightness from your recessed cans. But when the light is not in use, some people don't like the way black trims look in the ceiling because (unless the ceiling is also black) they can look a bit like rabbit holes to Wonderland above your head. For this reason, some prefer white baffle trims, which still get the job done but can be a bit brighter than black trims for obvious reasons.