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Lighting is often overlooked in interior design and it shouldn't be. If you've spent an ample amount of time decorating your home, don't you want each room to look its best? The right lighting allows you to see clearly, creates an inviting atmosphere and highlights design elements you want to feature.
Lighting is such a simple concept, yet there are so many considerations – it's enough to drive even the savviest interior designer batty. If you are updating your home's lighting, you might feel a little overwhelmed when choosing fixtures. Find your perfect lighting option – and a little bit of Zen – with these top tips for choosing a fixture.
A: Install recessed lighting to augment or complement ambient lighting. This kind of lighting can also work for a clean, streamlined look in a space and to highlight artwork or other special decor and design features. In a smaller space, use it to open up the room and make it look and feel bigger.
Q: How much recessed lighting do you need per square foot?
A: If a light fixture is intended for direct contact with insulation, it requires an IC (Insulation Contact) rating. An IC rated fixture must be approved for zero clearance insulation cover. If the space that a light fixture is to be installed does not contain insulation, a NON-IC rated fixture can be used. That means a minimum 3 inches of clearance should exist on all sides of the fixture, and no insulation may be present across the top of the fixture.