Recessed Downlights – Safe? Efficient? Stylish?
Recesssed Lighting Style Guide
Why would a householder want to install recessed lighting?
Recessed Lighting is designed to highlight the features of your home, to be discrete in appearance and enhance the attributes of its environment. Although Halogen is the key player within recessed lighting, energy efficient options such as Fluorescent and the ever evolving LED options are rapidly increasing in desirability.
When do you use recessed lighting and how far apart do they need to be
Recessed Lighting is perfect for Task Lighting, used as cabinetry lights, Step Lighting and general lighting. It is always recommended to complement your recessed lighting with a feature pendant and/or wall lights as this creates personality and flexibility within your lighting scheme. Because there are so many options when it comes to recessed lighting and various ceiling heights there is no one standard guideline to spacing. When using Step Lighting space these every two to three steps, if using Halogen Down Lights, as a general rule is every 2 – 2.5M but keep in mind, the higher the ceiling the closer your Ceilings Recessed Lighting will need to be.
Recessed Lighting is flexible with functionality and practicality, perfect as illuminators of a general space, highlighting Artwork, Feature Walls, Fireplaces and Task Lighting. When using LED as Recessed Wall Lighting this acts as an ideal Indicator, marking out Passage Ways, Stair Cases and Bathroom Lighting.
What voltages is the standard
In most cases Halogen Downlights are 12V, Fluorescent is 240V and LED can be either 12V, 24V or 240V,
Recessed Lighting is available in various sizes, the diameter isn’t always dictated by its function the aesthetic and lamp type also play a part. Gimble or adjustable Downlights are usually larger than your fixed Downlights. Gimble Downlights should be used wherever flexibility is needed such as highlight artwork or feature walls. Fixed Downlights should be used for general lighting purposes.
Is it true that recessed lighting in the ceiling has poor sustainability attributes?
Although measures have been put in place to reduce heat escaping through the cut outs for Recessed lighting, it isn’t always the most efficient method of lighting your home. The simple act of cutting holes in your ceiling to facilitate Recessed Lighting Jeopardises the thermal integrity of the ceiling.