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Spotlights and Downlights

Spotlights and downlights are known for for their direct and clear light, making them a great option for rooms that require high quality task lighting, such as the kitchen or bathroom. They can create an ambience in the room whilst also producing concentrated lighting, making them a popular choice in many homes.

Read the following guide to help find the perfect spotlights or downlights for your home.

What are the benefits of spotlights and downlights?


The advantage of spotlights is that the the beam angle is usually adjustable so you can point the light in a number of directions. This is especially useful in kitchens and bathrooms where various areas of the room will need to be well lit for carrying out various different tasks. There a few different light fixture options for spotlights – they can hang from a central ceiling mount, from a wall sconce or from a track or rail on the ceiling. Downlights, meanwhile, are usually recessed lighting and can be placed anywhere (depending on electric restrictions) in a room. They are usually fairly unassuming and will subtly light up a whole room without drawing your attention to the lights themselves. You can find downlights for kitchens which light up the worktop area, underneath cabinets and over a dining area, too.

Which LED downlights are the best?


LED ceiling spotlights and downlights are a popular option as they last longer than other bulbs, are energy efficient and give you a clear light. When choosing a LED downlight you should look for a bulb with a colour temperature of around 2700k and a colour rendering index (CRI) of around 95. This should provide you with bright and ambient lighting.

What spotlights are best for bathrooms?


Bathroom spotlights and downlights which are installed in zones 2 and 3 of a bathroom will require a minimum IP55 rating, whereas zone 1 will require IP65 or above. Decide whether you want ambient lighting or bright task lighting for your bathroom, and then choose bulbs of the appropriate colour temperature.

Can spotlights be dimmed?


Yes, you can find dimmable LED downlights and spotlights on the market. Plus, if you wish to have different parts of a room at different light levels, you can also choose to have different sections of the ceiling controlled by different switches.

Are downlights a fire hazard?


LED downlights have a lower risk of catching fire than other bulb types. This is because one of the most common reasons bulbs catch fire is overheating, and LED bulbs maintain a relatively low temperature and dissipate heat. However, safety is very important and therefore there are a few things you can do to reduce fire risks:

  • Have an electrician check your wiring
  • Buy fire-rated downlights and light fittings
  • Avoid enclosing your LED bulbs in light fixtures
  • Purchase high quality light bulbs
We also recommend that you hire a profession to install your spotlights and downlights as they are usually wired into the ceiling and will be fairly complicated to set up. Make sure you talk to your chosen professional about the lights you've chosen first to make sure they are suitable for where you want them to be installed.
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