What Are Some Disadvantages of Recessed Lighting?


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Some disadvantages of recessed lighting, as stated by HomeGuides, are the difficulty of installation, lack of portability, insulation challenges, moisture problems and low degree of flexibility. These issues lead to a higher cost of purchase, installation and ownership due to the additional labor, expertise and time required to address and compensate for the direct disadvantages.

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What Are Some Disadvantages of Recessed Lighting?
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Connecting the lighting to an electrical system requires ceiling patches to run wiring and the assistance of an electrician for installation. When moving to a new home, lighting fixtures can normally be taken with the homeowner, but recessed lighting is permanent, causing a loss of that investment. The high heat generated by recessed lighting is a concern when placing insulation too close; however air and heat can escape around the light if insulation is not close enough. An expert is usually required to analyze a lighting situation and advise on insulation needs. Bathroom or cooking areas where high moisture content seeps around the lighting fixtures can cause the growth of mold. Alleviating moisture concerns requires expensive lighting covers. Recessed lighting has very little room to move, which prevents adjustment of the light stream unless swivels are added. Certain uses of recessed lighting in the home include lighting kitchen prep areas, hanging above dining room tables, illuminating hallways and highlighting artwork.

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