The Evolution of Recessed Lighting

June 21, 2016

Original Post: The Evolution of Recessed Lighting


Mid-Century Modernism is just about everywhere today. When we think of lighting from this era, we picture the lines and sharp corners of atom-inspired pendants and minimalist, geometric lamps. But Mid-Century Modernism also inspired an entirely new phase of lighting to pair with lower ceilings and sleek, bare spaces.


Retail stores and commercial buildings up until this time typically lit their window-less buildings with stained glass pendants and ornate chandeliers hanging from very tall ceilings with art deco and art nouveau craftsmanship. With the dawn of Mid-Century Modernism, these opulent lamps were replaced with small glass bowls, encasing a single incandescent bulb, subtly peeking down from the ceiling. The surface-mounted recessed lamp was born, allowing for adequate light while saving space, and keeping the new modern architectural construct free from distraction.


Other than a few stylistic adaptations, the surface-mounted recessed lamp hadn't evolved much until the 1980s, when the light fully recessed into the ceiling, without the glass diffuser encasing it, distorting the light color and capturing fallen insects. They became a staple in kitchens across North America-- a light bulb in a can behind a thin pane of glass, hidden inside the ceiling. Around this time, directional downlights also emerged, bringing focus to certain elements within the home or retail space.


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Some studies show that the average home has approximately 23 recessed cans, with at least 350 million recessed downlights currently installed across America. One study estimated that 60% of homes built since the 1990s in California contained recessed lights, and over 20 million cans are sold across the states each year. This invisible technique of lighting the home became the preferred staple for an entire generation.


Skip ahead another twenty years to today's recessed lighting market, and we've got the emergence of LED lamps. Now, for the first time in lighting history, your recessed downlight can comes in smaller sizes, like Euri Lighting's 4" recessed gimbal downlight,  with a 35 degree adjustable head and 355 degree rotating body. LEDs also dissipate heat better than previous incandescent bulbs, are mercury free (unlike CFLs), and produce high lumen outputs without high Wattage. Euri Lighting's recessed downlights actually save the average homeowner approximately $11.80 per light each year while also cutting cooling costs further with its technologically advanced heat dissipation and dimming options.


Euri Lighting's LED downlights also come in 90+ CRI (color rendering index), making the objects you see as vibrant and true to their color as they really are. The LED downlights also last up to 40,000 hours, and if you use them for the average 6 hours each day, you'll only have to replace the bulbs once every 18 years or so. If you also use dimmers and Smart Home devices, the bulbs will last you even longer!


Nowadays, those Mid-Century Modernist homes are being renovated with updated, LED recessed downlights across their low, flat ceilings, so that the focus remains on the groovy furniture, artwork and home decor. Save money, sustain colors and illuminate your personal home style with Euri Lighting's LED recessed downlights.


Visit our website, or call our sales team for any questions you may have, and we'll help you choose the best lamp for your lighting needs.

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