Jun 27 2019
Downlights, also known as recessed lights are a great alternative to traditional hanging lights. Where hanging lights tend to need to be hung in the centre of a room for both room balance and light distribution, downlights can be positioned according to need and because they are recessed, they can be positioned without interfering with the aesthetics of the room. Halogen or LED downlights are also extremely economical to run as they have very low energy consumption. Downlights also come inboth fixed or rotating to allow the light to be directed as required. Their appearance is subtle as the guts of the workings is concealed in the ceiling and they often suit contemporary styled home or offices.
When installing downlights, general consensus is to either divide the area into 2 x 2 meter grids and place a downlight in the centre of each grid or to space your downlights at A� to 1 whole the distance from the ceiling to the surface being lit ( if you are lighting a kitchen bench then the light spacing will be closer than if you are lighting to the floor). Whichever method you employ, you need to be aware of, understand and be able to identify the three different types of lighting you might require in your household.
Task Lighting is, as it suggests, is task oriented. So if your aim is to light a kitchen bench then you have dedicated lighting to that end. It is recommended that you avoid positioning downlights over people's faces, particularly if the downlight is above a mirror. Most professionals also recommend that you identify any task lighting required first and map that out before progressing to other lighting types.
Accent Lighting is used to draw attention to or conversely to hide a room feature. For example, you may wish to highlight a piece of art work or wall hanging by using accesslighting to best set it off.
General lighting is all other general purpose room lighting. General lighting aims to provide even light without shadows.
Downlights are economical, versatile and also come with the option of dimmer switches to alter the light strength. Because downlights are recessed the source of light is less obvious and allows the focus to be on other pieces in the room. Different strength downlights are also suggested for different rooms with 2700kw downlights suggested for lounges (a warm white) and 4000kw downlights suggested for kitchens and hallways (a cool white).
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