What is Housing

Horace He

Last Updated: October 24, 2023

What is Housing

Housing is the enclosure or structure that holds and supports the various components of a lighting fixture. It serves as a container for the electrical elements, such as the lamp, driver, and heat sink, and provides a connection to the power source. The housing ensures the proper functioning and protection of the light fixture.

One specific type of housing is the recessed housing. Recessed housings are designed to be installed within the ceiling or wall, creating a sleek and trimless appearance. They are specifically tailored to accommodate recessed lighting fixtures and are available in different sizes and types to meet various installation requirements, including standard thermally protected (type T), insulated ceiling (IC), airtight insulated ceiling (AIC or ICAT), remodeler (RT), and insulated ceiling remodeler (ICR) housings. Each type serves a specific purpose and is suitable for different applications and installation scenarios.

To enhance the light output and direct it to specific areas, recessed housings are often paired with trim options, such as adjustable or directional trims. These trims are designed for different lighting purposes, including general lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.

In recent years, advancements in LED technology have introduced integrated LED housings. These housings combine multiple components, including the fixture, driver, lamp, and heat sink, into a single integrated unit. Integrated LED housings offer energy savings, extended lamp life, and ease of installation.

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