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.