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The Dos and Don'ts Of Downlights

The lighting in your home is an important part of the design and functionality of a space. Having the right lighting in your home can be achieved with LED recessed downlight fixtures. To achieve the best results, there are some factors you need to consider. This includes the purpose of the lighting as well as the size of the area. Below are some recessed downlight do’s and don’ts for you to follow.

Working area

  • Do install recessed downlights over work areas. These areas include desks, kitchen benches or any area where you work that requires good task lighting.
  • Don't disregard the light intensity of the LED bulb for the fixture. Use bulbs with the right wattage, lumen output and beam spread to achieve balanced brightness over your work area.
    • Do include some accent, task and ambient lighting in your living room and other parts of your house. Incorporate some focused lighting in reading areas of the room.
    • Don't be afraid to try out different trends and positions for your downlight fixtures. Interior design is not an exact science, you might find the perfect lighting solution by experimentation.

    Dining area

    • Do use a circular recessed downlight fixture if you are using a circular style dining table. This will coordinate the light with the furniture. If you are using a square or rectangular table, use a light fixture with an angular opening.
    • Do use dimmers to control the light level over the dining table. By using dimmers you can create the right mood for the right occasion.
    • Don't avoid using incandescent halogen light bulbs in the kitchen. The power consumption of these lamps is very high making them very inefficient and expensive to run. It is recommended to use a compact LED light bulb to illuminate your kitchen. They are long lasting, provide a sufficient amount of brightness and are very energy efficient.


    • Do use wall mounted lights either side or above the mirror to give you the best lighting to apply makeup.
    • Don't use light fittings with amber or smoked coloured glass diffusers or warm coloured lamp light source for lights used to apply makeup. For best result select lamps with a Kelvin colour temperature between 4000K to 5000K and fittings with neutral opal diffusers.

    If you are looking to buy LED recessed downlights online, consider visiting Discount Lighting's website.

    Our wide range of products are sure to meet your needs, or alternatively visit our well stocked showroom to see the latest on LED lighting designs. Our trained staff are able to assist you with choosing the right LED light fittings to suit all your needs.

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