Recessed Light Vs Ceiling Light what should be your pick?

With a plethora of lighting options available in market, it must be difficult for homemakers to put a finger on what kind of lighting would complement their interiors? Lighting can majorly influence the overall vibe of your home. In this blog, we will discuss on the pros and cons of recessed light and ceiling light, and see which lighting fixture would suit best as per your requirement.

What Are Ceiling Lights?

Like you can make it out from the name, a ceiling light is a type of lighting fixture that is either suspended from the ceiling or installed on the ceiling. Available in many variations including ceiling lights, track lights, semi-flush mounts, pendant lights, chandeliers, and more. These different variations of ceiling lights bounce off the ceiling at all different angles. 

Note: Ceiling light create a beautiful effect when adorned upon bigger spaces, if you have a compact space or low ceiling then there are chances that it won’t be able to create much impact.


  • Perfect pick to illuminate a larger area
  • Adds an aesthetic value to your room and add awesome elements that are often missing. 
  • Considering the intensity of light provided by ceiling lighting, the room does not require much light. Two reasonably sized ceiling lights are sufficient for a spacious living room. 
  • It is easy to install, all you need to do is make a hole large enough to fit the wire. 


  • Depending on the size of the room, ceiling light alone is not enough to illuminate. Parts of the space can become dark without adding enough lighting. 
  • In a low-ceiling home, hanging ceiling lights is dangerous, especially for taller than average guests. 

What is Recessed Light?

Recessed light is a metal light housing that is installed directly on the ceiling. Once installed, it appears to shine through holes in the ceiling, concentrating the light downwards into wide floodlights and narrow spotlights. It exudes cleaner aesthetics and a modern look to the whole vibe.


  • Unlike ceiling lighting, embedded lighting takes up less space and is smooth and invisible to the naked eye. Also, it does not protrude from the ceiling. 
  • You can fill the ceiling with attractive colors that make the empty space look much wider and accentuate the ceiling. 
  • It is suitable when you want to show off a particular element, such as a beautiful work of art or a photo of a loved one. 
  • Can be installed in low ceilings


  • It provides light in one direction. When used in a large room, it needs quite a lot to illuminate the entire space. 
  • The installation process can be tedious, you will need a large hole in the ceiling to fit the metal housing. This can expose air to the gap between the lamp and the wall board. If this happens, you will need professional help to fix it.
  • It doesn’t look decorative in appeal and doesn’t give the room much visual appeal.
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