As they become increasingly popular, we take a look into the Recessed Integrated LED Downlight and why it’s a superior choice for such an array of spaces.
Integrated LED (or Light Emitting Diode) downlights are designed to be energy efficient. Created to replace Halogen GU10 downlights which may have been popular but unfortunately quite inefficient, emitting most of their energy as heat, and very little as light.
The integration of the LED into the fitting itself negates the need to cram drivers and heatsinks into the tiny space available within a retro-fit GU10 LED bulb, allowing superior performance and extended life span of the chip.
If you’re considering installing downlights in your home you may be wondering how to best harness their potential and use them to their full effect. In this expert guide, you’ll learn more about the many benefits both aesthetically and environmentally of choosing the integrated LED Downlight.
Why Choose LED Downlights Over Standard Alternatives?
If you’re wondering why LED downlights are a good choice for your home, you can rest assured that there are many benefits to bear in mind.
Although LED retro-fit lamps are available and are a good solution if you’re simply replacing your old halogen Downlights with a more energy efficient alternative, there are still many benefits to choosing an integrated LED fitting, especially in new builds o spaces where you don’t already have downlight holes cut out. A standard non-integrated downlight has a cut out of anywhere around 70-80mm and considerably more for an adjustable fitting. An integrated Downlight however can be significantly smaller, with cut-outs closer to 40mm and as small as 22mm, such as in our Faltu range. The discreet size and appearance in our range of fittings offers an inconspicuous, tasteful installation complimenting a tidy ceiling and a clean aesthetic.
When it comes to improving your property’s energy performance, LED downlights can be extremely beneficial without breaking the bank. LED lights use as much as 90% less energy when compared with halogen or incandescent lighting, but there is no compromise on light levels. If you upgrade your lighting to LED downlights you can reduce your property’s energy consumption and do your bit for the environment as well as reducing your expenditure. If you replace all your standard halogen bulbs with 4.3 watt LED equivalents you could save hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bills.
Another way that LED downlights can reduce your ongoing expenditure is thanks to their long lifespan. Standard lightbulbs need to be replaced regularly because they overheat and blow out but since LED lighting operates at a lower temperature they can last as much as 35 times longer – even for as long as 15 years. Since downlights can be tricky when it comes to changing the bulbs it makes sense to switch to the integrated LED so you can save yourself time, energy and effort as well as money.
So, now you know why you should switch to integrated LED downlights, you need to know how you can use them most effectively in your home
Highlighting The Room’s Features
When your property is attractive it won’t just make it more appealing when the time comes to sell and move on but it will also make it a more welcoming and comfortable place to live. One way to achieve this is by making the key rooms like the kitchen and bathroom as beautiful as possible. While having stylish features and fittings in these spaces is important, it’s pointless to make the investment if those features cannot be seen due to insufficient or poor light quality. This is where downlights can prove indispensable. You can accentuate the key features of your kitchen and bathroom by installing recessed ceiling lights. With no unattractive fixtures or wires, these lights help to create a flawless appearance in these all-important rooms. Also, since multiple downlights are installed to supply optimal light, you can benefit from all-over coverage of light instead of having to rely on a single centralised light fitting, which darkens the walls, giving a smaller feel to the room. When you have specific features that could benefit from being highlighted, such as niches, columns, archways or shelving you can add downlights that will draw the eye perfectly to these details.
Matching Your Room Theme
LED downlights have a bezel which can be selected to match the theme of your room. So if, for example, you have a bathroom with chrome fixtures and fittings, you can choose downlights that have a chrome bezel for a coordinate and streamlined look throughout the space. This allows you to create a sophisticated and elegant appearance in any room of your home.
Create Different Effects
LED downlights don’t need to be a one-size-fits-all option. It’s possible to choose different beam angles and light temperatures to cover a room adequately. You can even use some LED downlights with dimmer switches so you can control the mood and atmosphere in your space to suit your needs and preferences. It’s also possible to install downlights in clusters but have separate controls so that different effects can be created. In any room where you would prefer to have lighting zones this becomes possible when you invest in downlights.
Which Downlights Should I Choose?
There are many different types of LED downlight that you can choose for your home, but there are five that we particularly recommend.
- The Darlek Mini Fixed 6W 3000K light with a 30 degree beam angle and IP54 rating is discreet thanks to its 48mm bezel. A perfect all-rounder for use as general lighting in any room of the home, it comes in at an affordable price and is safe for use in bathrooms.
- The Beret Micro Fixed 1W 2700/3000K/4000K light with a 15/30/60 degree beam angle and IP66 rating is an ideal choice for downlighting in shower enclosures and in niches where it can highlight features like archways and columns to perfection.
- The Faltu Micro Fixed 1W 3000K downlight with its 40 degree beam angle and IP65 rating is tiny and thus is ideal as an effect light. When positioned close to the wall it creates a stylish scalloped effect which works well on bathroom tiling. This light is also ideal for lighting storage cubby-holes in any room of the home.
- The Denib Mini Adjustable 6W 3000K Downlight with its 35 degree beam angle and with IP65 rating is a solid all rounder that can be used for nearly use as general lighting due in any room in the house due to its bright directional light.
You can check out our wide range of professional Downlight options on our website or learn more about how we can help you to achieve the lighting effect you desire in your home by contacting our specialist lighting team today!