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Modernize Your Living Room with Recessed Lighting

Nov 10, 2021 | Tranmer Electric

Many homeowners believe that home renovations are extremely time-consuming and costly. While this is true in some cases, there are many affordable ways to modernize your home and revitalize your living space. One great option is to equip your living room with recessed lighting.

Recessed lights are also known as canister lights, pot lights, or high hat lights. They are energy efficient and last longer than ordinary light bulbs. It is a light fixture that is installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling.

Your living room is the heart of your Connecticut home. It is where you entertain; it is also where you unwind after a long day at work. Making the transition from traditional lighting to contemporary recessed lights can change the dynamic of this central room.

You can incorporate dimmers and adjustable mood lighting to set the tone for any event. Below, we detail some of the perks of recessed lighting and give you some tips on how to take advantage of this affordable amenity.

Benefits of Recessed Lighting

You may be shocked at how much of a difference recessed lighting can make. This small modification can have a big impact on how you and your guests spend time in your living room.


Getting rid of old, outdated light fixtures can make your living room feel bigger. This is because you will no longer have large fixtures jutting out into the living space. Instead, your modern recessed lights will be laid into the ceiling, leaving you with a larger, uninterrupted space.

Recessed fixtures also cast light onto the walls of your room. This adds to the perception that your living room is larger, an effect known as “wall washing.”

Accent Décor

Wall washing does not just make your living space look bigger. It is also a great way of highlighting decorations throughout the room, such as bookshelves and paintings.

As noted above, recessed lights can accommodate dimmers and adjustable color light bulbs. These features can further highlight your interior design skills and really bring a room together. When planning your installation, all you need to do is let the electrician know that you want dimmable lighting. Then, you can purchase LED bulbs that connect to wifi, allowing you to conveniently control the color pattern and brightness from your phone.

Can I Install Recessed Lighting Myself?

Technically, yes, you can install recessed lighting on your own. However, it is best handed off to certified electricians. When you remove a light fixture, you never know the condition of the underlying wiring. Poorly installed or damaged electrical wiring can be dangerous.

In addition to posing a risk of electric shock, trying a DIY recessed lighting install is a hassle. You have to remove the old fixture, cut out spaces for the new lighting, and install additional wiring to reach each device. A single misstep can be a costly mistake.

When you partner with a licensed electrical contracting team, all you need to do is select your new fixtures and let us handle the rest. We will get your new lighting installed in no time and ensure that the workspace is clean when we are done.

Is Recessed Lighting Expensive?

Recessed lighting does not only look great, but it is affordable, too! This is why it is one of the most popular home renovation projects today. The fixtures themselves are not very expensive, nor are the bulbs or replacement light switches.

The big determination of cost is the complexity of your installation and how many lights you need. Recessed lights should be spaced out appropriately to adequately light your living room. On average, you can expect to need anywhere between 4 to 10 lights, depending on the size of your room.

An accurate estimate for your space starts with contacting a trusted electrical contracting team, like Tranmer Electric. Once your project is assessed, the electrician or project coordinator will be able to give you a commitment-free quote. You will be shocked to learn just how affordable recessed lighting can be.

Your Trusted Electrician in Connecticut

In the past, finding a trustworthy electrical contractor in Central Connecticut could be challenging. Thanks to Tranmer Electric, that is no longer the case. We provide exceptional residential and commercial electrical contracting services to Connecticut residents.

As noted above, we provide free quotes on any project, including the installation of recessed lighting. All you need to do is contact our team and schedule an appointment. We will find the perfect lighting solution for your home and get started fast. We look forward to hearing from you!


Tranmer Electric, LLC has been the leading electrical company serving Connecticut for over 17 years. Our reputation for everything electrical is the key to success and we bring it to you at an affordable price. With hundreds of satisfied customers, we take pride in the level of excellence we bring to each and every project no matter the size.