What Does RVS Mean on in-lite’s Recessed Lighting Products?

Courtney Chiasson

in-lite Representative

What Does RVS Mean on in-lite’s Recessed Lighting Products?

If you’ve browsed through our collection of outdoor LED recessed lighting fixtures, you’ve probably noticed that our smaller (22mm or 7/8”) integrated fixtures come in two styles: 22 or 22 RVS.

And you might be asking yourself, what does RVS even mean? Well, here's the answer to that question.

The quick answer is that RVS stands for “rust free steel” and means that the light fixture comes with a stainless steel ring.

You may be wondering, in that case, why we use the acronym RVS and not RFS. It’s because in-lite products are designed in the Netherlands. The Dutch term for rust free steel is roestvrij staal, or RVS. It’s as simple as that!

If that was all you’re looking for, you can stop reading! But if you’re looking for a more in-depth explanation as to the differences and similarities between the 22 and 22 RVS fixtures, please keep reading.

Difference Between in-lite’s 22 and 22 RVS Recessed Light Fixtures

When you look at our 22 and 22 RVS fixtures side-by-side, it’s actually quite easy to spot the difference between the two.

Take a look at the photo below. On the left are the FUSION 22 and HYVE 22 fixtures, and on the right are the FUSION 22 RVS and HYVE 22 RVS.

The “22” lights (HYVE 22 and the FUSION 22) sit flush with the surface they are installed into. They do not have a ring around them.

The “22 RVS” fixtures (HYVE 22 RVS and FUSION 22 RVS) have a small stainless-steel ring around them. They sit very very slightly above the ground.

But other than a physical difference, the fixtures are the same. It’s simply a stylistic preference if you want the fixture to have the ring or not.

The “22” in both cases refers to the lights’ diameter: 22mm.  Both styles can be installed into pavers, concrete, decking, and almost any other surface. Plus, they can both be walked on and driven over.

Even though the stainless-steel ring extends slightly beyond 7/8” the base of the lights are the same width. Meaning that both styles used the same size drill bit (22mm or 7/8”).

The 22 RVS fixtures are a great option if you’re newer to the hardscape lighting game or if you are drilling freehand (and not with a drill press). That way, if you don’t drill a perfect hole, you can cover up any imperfections with the ring!

At the end of the day, the main difference is simply stylistic preference.

So, which one do you prefer? Stainless steel ring or no ring?