Downlights are the perfect option for when you want to change the feel of a room
It is a myth that is must always cost the world when you want to make a significant change to one of the rooms in your home. Downlights are the perfect example of this, as by installing them in a kitchen, bedroom, or living in your home you can really see that room transform with not a great financial outlay. Whilst installing downlights is a pretty simple process there are some things that you have to consider when deciding to go with downlights in your home.
At Eurolight our crack team of lighting professionals are always on hand to answer questions you might have about lights or light fittings. You can call us up on the phone or visit us in store and we’ll be more than happy to discuss downlights or any other kind of light with you there and then. This little guide to downlights might also come in handy as it will go through some of the basics that you need to think about when installing downlights in your home.
Probably one of the biggest questions that needs answering when it comes to downlights is just how many of them will you need. The three simple steps below should help to clarify that for you:
Step 1 – Measure the square footage of the room by multiplying its width by its depth.
Step 2 – Multiply this square footage by 1.5. This will give you a guideline for the total wattage required to light the space. By way of an example, if your kitchen is 16ft x 17 ft, the total square footage is 272. Multiply this figure by 1.5 and the total wattage to light your room will be 408 .
Step 3 – Select the bulb and wattage you want to use. Divide the total wattage figure previously calculated, 408 in our example, by the bulb wattage you intend to use and this will give you the number of downlights required.
Another key factor to consider when installing downlights is spacing. It’s all well and good knowing how many you need but how far apart do they need to be to provide optimal lighting?
Position your recessed LED Downlights approximately 2 feet away from the edge of your walls onto your ceilings as a starting point. Try to avoid creating any shadows. Then space your LED Downlights evenly across the room for a balanced look. As a rule of thumb, we suggest you divide your ceiling height by 2 to give you the space required between downlights. For example if your ceiling is 8 foot high, then position your lights 4 feet apart. Again, this is only a guideline and you will get a feel for what works best in your individual space.