Finding The Best Recessed Lighting: Our Tips

We interviewed three contractors who frequently install recessed lighting for their advice and tips. Here are some key points to keep in mind when shopping for recessed lighting:

• Test the lights individually before installing. While all the recessed lights in this article were recommended by our readers, it is possible to get a dud from time to time. Don’t wait till you install them to discover one doesn’t work.

• Are the lights damp-rated? If you are installing these recessed lights in a bathroom, confirm the damp rating first.

• Is the junction box thermally protected? If you are installing these recessed lights next to insulation, you will want to confirm that they are IC rated.

The most popular size for recessed lighting are four-inch lights, according to our research. Six-inch is probably second best, so we tried to cover both of these sizes in our recommendations.

In our research, we looked for lights that were easy to install and attractive, as well as reasonably priced (of course). Here are the top picks:

About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

The Fields have been featured and quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

As consumer products experts, the Fields have been guests on the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s 20/20.

How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!