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LED Soffit Lights

Shop from a variety of surface mount and recessed mount LED soffit lights for indoor and outdoor ceiling lighting. Soffit lighting can be used for commercial and industrial applications. Our Commercial LED Soffit Lighting are designed to replace 100W to 400W Metal Halide. Many of our LED soffit lights are DLC Qualified for utility rebate eligibility. 

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LED Soffit Lighting

When artificial light first became popular — at the end of the 19th century — people wanted as much of it as possible. However, the glare it produced and its dazzling brightness was just too much for some people. So, in the 1920s, commercial applications such as movie theatres began embracing subtle types of lighting. People who went to the theatre wanted to be able to see the play but also move in and out easily when they needed to — without crashing into other people.

In architecture, a soffit is the underpart of an overhanging structure. In outdoor areas, this is usually the space under decks, arches, eaves, or roof overhangs. In interiors, the soffit generally refers to a dropped ceiling around the corners of a room or the underside of a beam. Any lighting that is installed in these interior and exterior spaces is referred to as soffit lighting.

Soffits are usually constructed in building interiors and exteriors as architectural features for lighting or ventilation. Over the years, soffit lighting has become quite popular as decorative and accent lighting in both commercial and residential applications. The lighting can be surface mounted using mounting brackets or recessed into the ceiling.

Because the space inside a soffit is usually shorter in height, low-profile lighting fixtures are preferred for the spaces. Using LED recessed-lights and LED canopy-lights for soffit lighting ensures flexible design options. You can also choose from a large selection of fixtures. For example, you can choose LED lights with wider beam angles for more coverage or those with different color temperatures to create a warm atmosphere.

Soffit lighting may be indirect or direct. Indirect lighting can be lighting installed beneath cabinets in commercial spaces to provide low-level ambient lighting that is not used for specific tasks. Lighting that is installed between cabinet tops and the ceiling is also indirect lighting. This light can provide a slight ambient glow for general illumination.

Direct light is light that is concentrated on a specific area or object. This can be track lighting installed in an indoor soffit or security lighting installed in an outdoor soffit. Many a time, recessed lighting is used to provide direct lighting from soffits. This is because it fits within the soffit and illuminates specific areas.

Uses of Soffit Lighting


Because soffit lighting has the ability to conceal lighting fixtures and generate ambient light, it is often used in interiors as mood lighting. Depending on the color of the light, it can create a luxurious or a playful atmosphere.

Indoor soffit lights are also used for architectural and accent lighting in ceiling arches and beams in residential and commercial applications. Recessed downlights are the go-to lights for soffit lighting in interiors. They can be paired with cove lights to produce an illusion of depth on the ceiling or the wall.

In commercial kitchens, LED soffit lights can be used for task lighting. LED recessed downlights come in a wide selection and are available with different trim finishes, lenses, and reflectors. Interior soffit lighting is also a very popular choice for hotels.


Canopy lights are typically used for outdoor soffit lighting in canopies, porches, and eaves. Canopy lighting usually has UL Rating for Damp Locations or UL Rating for Wet Locations and also high IP ratings (IP65-IP68). This is especially the case if the soffits usually come into contact with water, moisture, or dust. LED canless downlights are also used for recessed soffit lighting outdoors as they have a slim profile and can easily fit into smaller soffits.

Commercial applications with wider soffits should use LED surface mount canopy lights or LED flush mount ceiling lights as they are better suited to illuminate larger areas. Canopy lights are popular in gas stations as they're installed in canopies to light up the spaces above fuel pumps. When LED soffit lights are required to provide continuous light around buildings, LED tape lights are used because of their ability to cover longer surfaces.

5 Benefits of LED Soffit Lights

1.    They Save Space

One of the biggest benefits of soffit lighting is that it creates the illusion of space. Because soffit lights give off a subtle glow, when installed in interiors, they blur the boundaries of a room and make it look bigger than it actually is.

For instance, you can use LED soffit lights to make the ceiling appear visually higher than it is. When installed in the corners of a soffit, they can make a room appear more open. And because the lighting fixtures are built-in and subtle, they work well with all decor styles and are suitable for different commercial environments — from department stores to theaters.

Accentuate Objects

In the past, if business owners wanted to highlight sculptures or paintings in their premises, they would most likely install track lights and ensure one of the light fixtures directly pointed at the object of focus. However, soffit lights create a soft glow on the sides of the object, causing it to draw eyes to itself naturally without being extremely obvious.

In addition, soffit lights are usually hidden in plain sight and do not draw attention to themselves. You can use these lights to illuminate a particular area, highlight works of art, or showcase a special collection.

2.    Wall Washing

LED soffit lighting can make rooms appear bigger by giving them a "wall washing" effect. Since it emphasizes vertical features, it usually tends to expand things visually. The lighting is a staple in art galleries, hotels, and museums — and for good reason. It draws attention to architectural details and also makes a statement.

Wall washing is an easy way to create a dramatic effect in any room. It is a technique used to illuminate flat walls and creates an even distribution of light from the floor to the ceiling, highlighting a smooth, large and vertical surface.

To create a perfect wall washing effect, soffit lighting fixtures must be appropriately spaced from the wall and from each other. The distance between the lights should be the same as the distance between the lights and the wall.

For instance, if the soffit in your commercial space is 9 feet high, the soffit lights should be positioned 2-3 feet from the wall and also from each other. If the soffit is higher than 9 feet, the spacing should also be higher.

3.    Perfect for Low Ceilings – As Well As Insulated Ceilings

Soffit lights are popular because of their ability to recess. Their strongest point is they are able to shrink or hide into the wall. All other lights used in ceilings and soffits — such as ceiling lights and track lights — remain visible when installed, as does the light they cast.

No other lights are ideal for commercial spaces with low ceilings except soffit lights. This is because if ceiling lights are used in these spaces, they may stick out too much or graze the heads of the occupants. LED soffit lighting gives you your soffit back.

These lights are also perfect for insulated ceilings which are preferred by many people these days as they increase fire safety and reduce noise transfer. And because LED lights have virtually no heat output, there is no need for the insulated boxes or "tin cans" that are normally used to separate traditional bulbs from the insulation.

4.    They Enhance Aesthetics

For rooms with a modern feel, soffit lighting can work wonderfully with their visual aesthetic. These lights are highly versatile and can be adjusted to produce lighting as circumstances require: whether it's spot lighting to highlight architectural details or pleasant, ambient lighting to enhance the look and feel of a room. This specific benefit cannot be easily mimicked by other types of lighting fixtures.

Soffit lights are also able to withstand changing lighting trends, unlike track lights which scream "1980s!" or monorail lights which scream "2000s." There's one reason they will never go out of style, they've never really been in style.

5.    Versatile and Efficient

When it comes to installing soffit lighting, there are a myriad of factors to consider. The most important factor for some people is where they will be installed. After all, that will determine how they make a space look. LED soffit lights have a slim profile and do not take up a lot of space in a soffit. This means that they can be installed virtually anywhere.

Proper placement of soffit lighting makes for great task lighting. People in a commercial environment can work more efficiently as there are no obtrusive lighting fixtures. Some LED soffit lights have a dimming feature and their light output is easy to control. They can also be paired with other lighting controls to further lower energy usage.

Examples of LED Soffit Lighting

Canopy Lights

Canopy lights are usually surface mounted or recessed into a structure's soffit, ceiling, or overhang. These lights are used in different applications such as gas stations, hotels, covered walkways, and drive-throughs. LED canopy-lights are bright and create a sense of safety, attracting both existing and potential customers to your property. Remember, if people feel safe when they visit your business premises, they will return time and again.

LED canopy lighting provides ambient lighting in different applications while keeping operating costs low. These lights have a slim, low-profile design and provide bright light while staying out of sight. They have housings made of die-cast extruded aluminum and can be installed in three ways: directly on the canopy, using hooks and cords, or using pendants.

The housings of these lights are usually electrostatic and corrosion-resistant, offering durability and longevity. The lighting fixtures are normally water-resistant and specially designed to endure any atmospheric conditions, even high temperature variations.

The housings and heat sinks of LED canopy-lights ensure optimal thermal management. High-impact PPMA lenses ensure the light fixtures provide the best uniform light. Some LED canopy-lights feature drop or flat lenses, according to the usage required. The cost efficiency and safety of these lights is further enhanced by a lead-free and mercury-free design that guarantees no dangerous radiations, such as ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

The correlated color temperature of LED canopy-lights varies between 3000K (ideal for restaurant canopies) and 5700K (ideal for airport and gas station canopies). These lights come with a 0-10V dimming option and are available with different LED configurations and beam angles.

Horizontally mounted canopy lights have a beam angle that ranges between 150° and 160°. LED canopy-lights have multiple optical distributions and work well with light intensity switches and controllers. They offer the best of both worlds: the technical benefits of LED technology and the high functionality of outdoor light fixtures.

Recessed Lights

LED recessed-lights, which also go by the name LED can lights, are popular for many reasons. They are a great lighting solution for modern spaces and have a higher luminous intensity than traditional lighting systems. They meet a large number of lighting requirements and offer a quick and easy way to reduce the energy consumption of an application.

These lights can be used in a variety of residential and commercial applications. They provide sufficient illumination in spaces and can be used for ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. In modern buildings, they are used in offices, lounges, and even public spaces.

LED recessed-lights are typically installed in circular openings in ceilings or soffits. They appear to generate light from hollow openings in the soffit. They can produce light as narrow spotlights or as broad floodlights. Quality LED recessed-lights generate light that renders colors better than that produced by fluorescent lamps.

These lights are basically comprised of two parts: the housing and the trim. The housing, which is available in different sizes (2-6 inches), is the unit that is installed in the soffit and holds the LED lamp.

The trim is the part of the light which is visible, the insert you see when you look at the fixture, including the thin lining on the edge of the lamp. Trims come in different designs to fit different applications. There are cone trims that generate a lower level of brightness and lens trims which provide diffused lighting.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when selecting the trim for LED recessed-lights:

  • A flanged trim offers a more prominent look while a flangeless trim fits smoothly in the surface.
  • A bevel trim adds depth while a flat trim offers a minimalist look.
  • If you want a classic look, choose a circular aperture; for a modern look, go for a square aperture.
  • Choose damp location trims for areas that may be periodically exposed to moisture. Wet location trims are suitable for areas where water might come into contact with the trims.
  • Fixed trims can be used almost anywhere, but choose adjustable trims for sloped soffits or walls that will be washed.
  • When it comes to adjustable trims, directional ones offer the most versatility in directing light.
  • If you want the highest quantity of uncontrolled light, select open reflector trims. Specular and baffle trims are good for minimizing glare.

Many LED recessed-lights have a tough glass covering and an aluminum fitting which is silver in color. And thanks to their well-crafted lenses and advanced light control capabilities, they are very efficient and have excellent beam spread accuracy.

Saving energy is one notable benefit of LED recessed-lights. They can decrease up to 85% of the energy utilized by traditional lighting sources. The lights are also available in different lumen outputs, color temperatures, and color rendering indexes to fit different applications. And since they are more efficient than HIDs and fluorescent lamps, they generate very little heat, decreasing the work of air cooling and conditioning systems.

The minimum lifespan of LED recessed-lights is 20 times that of conventional lights. This means bulb replacements will be minimized and lighting maintenance will be lowered. The average LED recessed light lasts approximately 11 years when used for 12 hours each day. In addition, LED lights use solid-state technology and can be efficiently dimmed without flickering. You can use different dimmers to create modifiable lighting in your location.

In many applications, lighting designers use a ratio of 1:1 when installing LED recessed-lights. If the lights are 4 inches in diameter, a space of 4 feet is put between them; if they are 6 inches, they are installed 6 feet apart. When this installation technique is followed, the lights provide ambient light that is soothing and isn’t overly bright.

LED soffit lighting is a cost-effective, versatile, and efficient solution to your industrial and commercial lighting needs. It provides bright, sufficient light without decreasing the appeal of an application.

To make sure you get the best lighting design for your location, you must work with the best lighting designers. We are here to help. With over 10 years’ experience offering LED lighting solutions, you can rest assured that your project is in good hands.

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