One of the best things homeowners can do when they think about selling a home in Miami, or anywhere for that matter, is to decide which repairs and upgrades are both necessary and will attract buyers.

Among the best ways to attract buyers include painting, flooring and upgrading lighting. The right lighting can increase home value in the eyes of potential buyers.

There are so many options when it comes to choosing lighting. One lighting option, recessed lighting, can enhance another less-functional home lighting that’s nearly invisible, and it can make rooms feel bigger.

Below, you’ll learn more about what recessed lighting is and where to use it effectively, as well as the pros and cons.

What is recessed lighting?

Since its 1950s introduction to complement the Mid Century style of the era, recessed lighting, also known as “can lighting,” is still popular.

The individual lights are generally about 3 inches to 6 inches in diameter. Nearly hidden, except for the trim and part of the inner baffle, recessed lights are installed above the ceiling line.

If you’re wondering what a baffle is, it’s the inner insert that helps reflect light. Baffles can be made of different materials and colors, each giving a different lighting effect. The trim is the plastic or metal circle that sits flush with the ceiling and snaps into the housing. Some lights have a combined trim and baffle, others don’t.

This type of lighting requires extensive wiring in the ceiling. But you can run only one cable because the junction boxes allow for light-to-light connections.

Where is recessed lighting installation most beneficial?

According to The Spruce, the best places to use recessed lighting are: home movie theaters because of the clear sight-lines they provide; kitchen perimeters or above counters because you can focus the lights on the task at hand; kitchen islands to help keep the focal points of the room clean from ceiling obstructions; and shower stalls because if you splash them by accident, the lenses are watertight.

The benefits

Here are eight reasons to go with recessed lighting:

  1. Invisible fixtures: As we’ve mentioned, recessed lighting hides in the ceiling, and except for a few oddball models, they are the only ones that do that.  
  2. Perfect for low ceilings: Places like basements are another excellent location for can lights, as you don’t want your houseguests bumping their heads on drooping light fixtures.
  3. Better lighting for the entire room: When a light fixture is in the center of the room, the middle of the room gets all the lighting love. However, recessed lights can span the entire room.
  4. Waterproofing abilities: As we mentioned, places like the shower, or maybe by the pool, would be optimal areas to install sealed waterproof units.
  5. Still in vogue: Track lighting reeks of the 1980s. Monorail lighting screams 2002. But recessed lighting goes back more than a half-century and still reigns supreme.
  6. Feels spacious: Not having hanging light fixtures or tables with lamps strewn about makes any room seem bigger. But as an added bonus, recessed lighting has an effect called “wall washing,” which basically means that they cast more light around the room via bouncing off the walls due to the reflectiveness of the design.  
  7. Highlights special features: If you have a unique accent wall, an amazing curation of art, or a handpicked collection of books, consider using recessed lighting to highlight it.  
  8. Choices: There are all sorts of colors, casings, and lighting options available with recessed lighting.

Energy efficiency

When it’s all said and done, the value of any upgrade is in how buyers view them. One of the best ways to get the most out of your investment is to make your recessed light installation efforts energy efficient. Buyers appreciate “green” home improvements.

In fact, a Nielson study found that, of more than 30,000 millennials surveyed,66 percent are willing to shell out more cash for conservation-conscious, sustainable products. At 34 percent, millennials make up the largest segment of homebuyers, according to theNational Association of Realtors’ 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report.

Here are a few tips for making your lighting more energy efficient:

  • Only use Energy Star-certified products.
  • Shell out the cash for LED lights. They are a little pricier than commonly used bulbs up front, but an Energy Star-rated LED bulb uses 75 percent less energy, lasts 25 times longer and can save about $6 per year on energy costs.  
  • Use airtight LEDs that are also ICAT rated for contact with insulation. This will prevent air leakage.
  • Install a dimmer. Not using lights at their full power can save energy and money, and also set a nice mood for home showings and open houses.  
Regardless of what options you’re thinking, remember that anytime you upgrade your light fixtures, you should consult an experienced electrician who does residential installations daily. He or she can further walk you through the benefits of recessed lighting, help you sift through the options, and steer you away from potential pitfalls.