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Recessed LED spotlights can bring a touch of modern charm to any room in the house with their minimalistic appearance. In the article below, we’ll explore more about these trendy LED downlighters.
What Are Recessed LED Spotlights?
Recessed spotlights, otherwise known as flush ceiling spotlights, are overhead lights that are recessed into the ceiling. This type of light is unlike chandeliers and surface mounted lighting, which attach to the ceiling and leave their bodies visible.
Instead, recessed ceiling downlights are designed to provide illumination while being mostly invisible, making them ultra minimalistic and contemporary. Most commonly, recessed downlights are used for ambient lighting, though task and accent lighting are also popular uses.
What is an Anti Glare LED Spotlight?
Oftentimes, when one looks up at a recessed light, they are met with glare. Anti-glare recessed LED spotlights are designed to eliminate this issue. These lights have the bulb deeply recessed into the fixture itself, so you can look right at the light source comfortably. This also means they may not be suited for use in every single room, as rooms that require a higher level of general light will not receive it through anti-glare lighting.
These types of LED spotlights are popular for use as accent lighting. They provide a unique pool of lighting below the fixture, which generates columns of light without adding any glare. Due to their sleek, modern look, they are popular in hotel corridors. They can be used just about anywhere to add some mood lighting, though if used as general lighting, you may need to supplement them with other fixtures.
Do Recessed LED Ceiling Lights Need to be Fire Rated ?
In order to install recessed ceiling spotlights, a hole must be cut into the ceiling to accommodate them. This cutout area may be vulnerable to fire risks, and fire rated LED ceiling spotlights can help you mitigate them.
A fire rated downlight is designed to slow the spread of fire, especially when compared against traditional lights. Such recessed downlights make up for the reduction in existing fire ratings that you create when you cut into the ceiling.
These downlights work by blocking the hole in the ceiling as well as by employing their intumescent pad. This pad expands once it has reached a certain temperature, helping to further slow the spread of the flames. While it may not necessarily be a requirement to use fire rated lights, it is highly recommended.
How To Integrate Recessed Ceiling Lights with Other Lighting
No matter how you choose to incorporate recessed ceiling lights in your home, you can do so with ease by working them into the existing lighting in the space. This means using them as a part of your layered lighting scheme.
Layered lighting consists of three aspects: ambient, accent and task. You can use recessed ceiling spotlights as ambient lighting along walls or in reading nooks. As for task lighting, you can place them above desks to offer ample illumination for work.
With anti-glare lighting especially, you can create a nice mood in any room of the house. The lights pooling below the fixtures will form a pleasant, moody and atmospheric space that is easy on the eyes.
By adding these lights along with your general overhead lighting, you can be sure that illumination is easily spread throughout the area to make the room more comfortable and better lit.
Can You Use LED Ceiling Spotlights in the Bathroom?
When it comes to bathroom recessed spotlights, you have to pay a little extra attention to the fixture itself. Bathrooms are wetter than other rooms in the house, meaning you need fixtures that can withstand the moisture.
To be sure your light is equipped for use in a bathroom, you have to take note of the IP rating. IP ratings, or Ingress Protection ratings, will tell you how well a light can protect from moisture and solid debris.
First Digit – Solids
0 – Not protected against any solid objects
1 – Provides protection from any objects that are bigger than 50 millimeters
2 – Provides protection from any objects that are bigger than 12.5 millimeters
3 – Provides protection from any objects that are bigger than 2.5 millimeters
4 – Provides protection from any objects that are bigger than 1 millimeter
5 – Provides protection from any objects that are bigger than most sizes of dust
6 – Dust tight
Second Digit – Moisture
0 – Not protected against moisture
1 – Protected from access by vertical droplets of water
2 – Protected from droplets of water up to 15 degrees
3 – Protected from water spraying up to 60 degrees vertically
4 – Protected from spraying water from any direction
5 – Protected from smaller water jets
6 – Protected from more powerful water jets
7 – Protected when immersed up to one meter
8 – Protected during continuous immersion deeper than one meter
In order to ensure that your lights are resistant to moisture damage, you will need IP65 LED spotlights. This IP rating ensures that the fixture is capable of withstanding exposure to moisture and will protect it in a humid bathroom environment.
What is The Best Light Colour For Recessed Spotlights in The Home?
Regardless of whether you’re shopping for bedroom, kitchen recessed spotlights or anything in between, the colour temperature matters. Colour temperature is a way to talk about a light’s cool or warm appearance. This comes on a scale of 1,000 to 10,000 units Kelvin. At the higher end of the spectrum are the cool lights. Toward the low end, you’ll find the warm lights.
Both lights have their place. When it comes to using LED lights in the home, it is generally recommended that you have warm lights instead of cool. Cool lights tend to be better used in shops and galleries, whereas warm lights are better for domestic uses. This is due to their gentle but bright nature. More specifically, you should use warm white light, which tends to hover around 3000k and 3300k.
Which is Better: GU10 LED Spotlights or Sealed Unit LED Spotlights?
While there are two main types of spotlights you can use, LED lights tend to be the more popular choice. Integrated LED lights provide you with all of the illumination you need while also providing you with all of the benefits that LED lights are known for.
What is a GU10 LED Lightbulb?
GU10 bulbs are among the most commonly found lights in modern homes. They feature a classic spotlight shape that you are used to seeing, including a narrow base that gradually grows wider and ends in a flat aperture. While they are a viable option, they are not as efficient as LED bulbs.
How Many LED Downlights do You Need?
Every room will have its own specific lighting needs, meaning that there is no one single rule to help you figure out the lighting in all rooms at once. Even so, there are a few rules of thumb that can help you determine how many spotlights you will need.
- THE ONE METER RULE – The most commonly followed guideline is to have the lights one meter apart from one another. This includes placing them one meter from where the ceiling intersects with the wall, which will help you avoid shadows.
- HALVE THE CEILING HEIGHT – For something more specific to each room, you can divide the height of the ceiling by two. The number you are left with is how far apart you should place the lights.
- LUMEN COUNT – Another way to figure out how many lights you’ll need is by lumens. You can determine the lumen levels you want to use for each light, and use enough recessed spotlights to amount to a total of 2,400 lumens or so.
What is The Advantage of Using LED Spotlights Instead of Halogen Spotlights?
LED bulbs are the preferred type of light bulb these days, thanks to their many benefits. The choice between LED and traditional halogen bulbs is clear, especially when you compare the two.
- ENERGY EFFICIENT – Whether you’re looking to limit your environmental impact or just want to lower your electricity bill, LEDs are the way to go. Since they use far less energy than halogen bulbs to create light, they require less electricity to operate.
- COST SAVING – Not only will this save you money on your electricity bill, but it can also reduce your overall lighting costs. While LED lights tend to have a higher upfront cost, you’ll need to replace them less often than you would halogen bulbs.
- SAFE TO THE TOUCH – Unlike halogen bulbs, LED lights don’t output their energy as heat. This makes them safe to touch without fear of burning your hands.
- FIRE HAZARDS – While LED lights are better protected against causing a fire, especially when installed in a ceiling, the heat from halogens bulbs may actually heighten the risk of combustion.
Ideas for Recessed Ceiling Lights
The CSL022 5 Watt Round Recessed LED Downlight Fitting offers you a traditional downlight look for any room in the house. Available in black, chrome, rose gold or white recessed spotlights, it can be worked into spaces regardless of decor style. The round light output 430 lumens of 3000k warm white light at a 23-degree angle and is easy on the eyes. The fixture measure 83 millimeters in diameter by 118 millimeters in height.
Enjoy the appeal of recessed spotlights without any of the harsh glare with the LDC734 5 Watt Anti Glare Recessed LED Downlight. These spotlights feature bulbs that sit deeply inside the fixture, shining a pool of light beneath it without causing a glare when you look at the light. The product is crafted out of premium aluminium that comes in white with a black internal reflector ring. Each light outputs 430 lumens of warm white light.
Keep it simple with the Onyx 6 Watt Black IP65 LED Downlight Fitting. This downlight has a circular backplate that houses the LED bulb. The bulb sits in a gimbal that you can tilt in various directions to shine a 38-degree beam angle wherever you choose. It outputs 430 lumens of gentle, warm white light from within its durable aluminium body. The IP65 rating makes it well suited for indoor and outdoor use alike. Thanks to the black finish, it can be worked into rooms of any decor colour.
Take greater control over the use of your ceiling lights with the LDC701 5 Watt White Gimbal Tilting Recessed LED Ceiling Spotlight. This light features a rotating gimbal, so you can twist and turn the light up to 350 degrees. You can also tilt it as much as 60 degrees. It is crafted out of durable aluminium given a white finish, so you can easily incorporate it into any room. The fixture measures 92 millimeters by 92 millimeters and outputs 430 lumens of warm light.
Step up the look of your home with the addition of the ultra modern CSL024 5 Watt Square Recessed LED Downlight Fitting. This square-shaped fitting is fabricated out of premium aluminium and comes in white with rose gold, white, black or chrome internal reflectors. Each fitting shines 430 lumens of 3000k warm white light at a 23-degree beam angle. Overall, it measures 85 millimeters by 85 millimeters with an 120-millimeter height.
Enjoy all of the beauty of recessed lights with none of the glare when you choose the LDC723 6 Watt 600 Lumen Recessed Anti Glare LED Downlight. This downlight has an LED bulb nestled deeply within the fixture, eliminating glare when you look up at it. A total of 600 lumens of 3000k warm white light is shone from the three bulbs, providing ample illumination and a nice glow of light beneath the fixture. It boasts an overall size of 96 millimeters by 46 millimeters and has an IP20 rating.