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Downlights - Why Use Them? 


DownlightsDownlights are recessed ceiling lights which have specific uses in certain locations around the house or office, where other types of lighting are impractical or cannot create the same atmosphere.

Bathrooms and kitchens in
particular sometimes require direct light that is simply inconspicuous, giving a clean appearance to a room with out the requirement for unsightly and cumbersome light fixtures that don't integrate well with its immediate surroundings.


It is quite common for recessed downlights to be used in conjunction with light dimmers, which can rapidly and easily affect the amount of light produced and alter the feel or atmosphere of a room.


Downlight manufacturers these days design these ceiling lights to meet the required quality standards for use in certain areas. There are several types of downlights manufactured for different uses and available in different finishes.

In the past, the only downlights used
 had been the types with standard screw in outlets that applied the substantial floodlight lamps. These type of downlights were inefficient in terms of power consumption and the amount of replacement bulbs required.


As a result of their inefficiency, manufacturers focused their efforts towards the improvement of dichroic downlights, which use halogen lamps, last much longer and are a lot more energy efficient. 

Downlights - The Two Main Types

Two main types of downlights exist for most applications. Mains downlights are utilised when much more light is required, and they operate at a higher voltage (240V) and therefore create heat which is far more direct.

These downlights are much less high-priced, but require a larger investment in lamp replacement expenses. On the other hand there are low voltage (LV) downlights which happen to be frequently paired with a transformer to assist dissipate some of the heat created, and further protect the circuit for additional manage.   

Low voltage downlights are also often used in conjunction with dimming controls too. A frequent installation for downlights in showers employs a mirrored glass or die cast surface that sits flush with the ceiling, though the actual lamp is recessed numerous inches above the ceiling.


These lights call for slightly added insulation and fire protection as a result of their proximity to steam, heat and water spray that can be a considerable fire hazard.

Downlights - The Future


The other widespread use for downlights is for accent lighting on paintings and art objects that benefit from direct light. In this way, downlights and enclosed spotlights support separate such objects from surrounding walls and bring a lot more character to a specific space.


The kind of lamps used in downlights is changing over time, as standard halogen lamps produce carbon emissions and a larger number of them are required to create exactly the same quantity of light. The more light fittings required to be used, the greater the heat created.

There is ongoing development in the downlight market by downlight manufacturers.
In recent years some of their results have been energy efficient 12V halogen lamps, LED downlights and CFL fluorescents that use substantially much less energy and last as much as 50 times longer than original halogen lamps.


LED is a relatively new technology which is definitely expected to eventually replace lots of existing halogen installations. 


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