Soffit lighting is a great way to utilize the natural features of a room. Soffit material that has been build around ventilation ducts and piping is unavoidable. Since you can’t make it go away, you might as well use it to your advantage. It makes a great natural staging point for dramatic effect lighting of several different types.
The most popular option for soffit lighting is track lighting. Track lighting is popular because the lighting configuration can be focused and changed to meet the decorating needs of your space. The ability to turn the individual lights around 360 degrees, as well as slide them up and down the track makes the possibilities with track lighting virtually limitless.
You can use spotlight bulbs to enhance artwork or other decorating features, as well as soft lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere over bar or kitchen island space.
Another popular choice for soffit lighting is low voltage lighting. Like track lighting, it can be utilized in a number of different ways, but is generally more effective in situations where you want the light contained to one part of the room.
Low voltage lighting does not diffuse into other corners of the room as much as standard incandescent or fluorescent lights, and works very well as atmosphere lighting.
There are some circumstances where you may not have soffits. If you really want to utilize this method of lighting and can build a false soffit then you create the option of using can, or recessed lighting.
While it’s often not possible to use recessed lighting in true soffits, because the piping or ventilation that the soffit covers is in the way, a false soffit is hollow inside and provides ample room for the installation of a number of different recessed lighting configurations.
Recessed lights can be wired to a dimmer switch, giving you maximum versatility in how you choose to light your room. Dim for quiet evenings with a loved one, or bright and well lit for a game night with the kids. Recessed lighting gives you control over the atmosphere that permeates your living space.
If you are planning to remodel a space like a basement, or even if you are planning the lighting scheme for a new construction setting, take the time to explore all of the soffit lighting options available. You may find that it is an ideal way to maximize the versatility of your space.
If you make a trip to your local specialty lighting store, you will find that there are literally hundreds of styles, sizes and decorating options available. Whether you plan on using the soffit lighting as the primary source of light in a room, or just as a secondary complement, don’t underestimate the dramatic effect that it can have on the ambiance of your living space.