3 Ways to Choose Between Recessed Light Covers
Unless you have an extremely specific goal in mind for your recessed lighting, this may not be as easy a decision as you might think. But here are four considerations to help you make up your mind:
Where you are using your recessed lights makes all the difference in the world. If they are going up in an office or workspace, you may want to consider baffle recessed lighting trims, because they are designed to soften light, reducing headache-inducing glares that harsh lights can sometimes cause. If you want to install your lights in a dining area or sitting room, decorative glass or square trims may be a great option to make a statement. If you want to accent some interesting architecture or widen a narrow room, you can use adjustable or wall-washer recessed lighting covers to get exactly the effect you need!
What is your purpose for installing recessed lights? If your goal is light layering, you may want to choose more subtle trims so the light from your cans will blend really well with your other fixtures. If recessed lights are going to be the primary light source in a room, you will probably want several spaced strategically to optimize the shape of the room.
While most of our trim designs are available with different light sources, your trim and light source decisions should be codependent. Some light sources, like LEDs, have very specific looks and functions that - while there are still a lot of design options - may limit your creative potential. Your best bet is to decide whether the trim or the light source is more important to you, and go from there! Just make sure you do your homework and know the limitations of each feature.
How To Install Recessed Lighting Trims
There are a lot of different kinds of recessed lighting trims, but trims typically attach to the recessed housing via coil springs or torsion springs.
Coil springs look like miniature trampoline springs, complete with little hooks on the ends. There are usually two springs, and you affix them to the socket plate by inserting the little hooks into grooves or holes in the socket plate or on the sides of the housing. The location of the grooves varies by manufacturer, so make sure to check the installation guide that came with the trim.
Torsion springs look like wide-angled wire "Vs" with bent ends. They also come in pairs. To install a trim with torsion springs, pinch the two sides of each spring together in each hand and insert into the corresponding holes in the socket plate or housing. Once the bent part of the springs is above the tab, you can release and simply push the trim into place.
Some trims require additional steps for installation - for example, an adjustable eyeball trim needs to be connected to the bulb socket before the trim's springs can be attached. Follow instructions provided with your individual trim for best results.