What is recessed can lighting?

Can lighting is another name for recessed lights. The name comes from the housing fixture, which is cylindrical and metal, resembling a canister. This makes it look like the bulb has been installed into an empty can. The fixture is then inserted into an opening in the ceiling, which makes can lighting a great option for rooms where there isn’t space for a hanging fixture

Can vs canless recessed lighting

Canless recessed lights are recessed lights without the can-like housing fixture. While this more subtle style might suit some interiors better, changing the bulbs of canless lights is more difficult since rewiring is often needed. Can recessed lights are also more popular, meaning that there are more choices available. They are also easier to install and change bulbs, offering better versatility and flexibility.

How to change a can light bulb

Although changing a can light bulb is easier than changing a canless one, it still poses some challenges. This is because the space between the bulb and the trim of the fixture is tight, so it can be hard to get a good grip on the bulb.

To safely change a can light bulb, make sure to first turn the power off. Once the power is off, find the metal ring around the bulb and squeeze the brackets together to remove the old bulb. Insert a new bulb, such as the Hue 10.15 cm downlight.

Can you use Philips Hue in recessed can lighting?

Yes – you can use Philips Hue smart lights in recessed can lighting fixtures. Choose from two sizes of smart recessed lights: the Hue 10.15 cm downlight, which offers warm-to-cool white light, or 12.7-15.2 cm downlight, which offers the full range of white and colour light.

Incorporating smart recessed can lighting unlocks a wealth of benefits, from hands-free voice control to automations that personalise your daily lighting needs.

*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness