You can transform your interior with changes like a fresh coat of paint, new floor tiles, and modern appliances. But if your lighting is old your home still won’t have an updated look about it. Downlights immediately give a space a modern feel and should be one of your first considerations if you’re remodeling your home. If you’re making the upgrade, keep these 7 tips in mind.
HIRE AN ELECTRICIAN
You may consider yourself quite the handyman/woman around the house but installing downlights is often best left to a professional. Updating your home with new downlights comes with its own set of challenges, especially if you don’t have existing fixtures in place. Multiple holes need to be made and rewiring may be required. A qualified electrician will know the best course of action.
CONSIDER USING INTEGRATED LED DOWNLIGHTS
Integrated LED downlights have a better thermal management system than retrofitted GU10 LED bulbs. They run at a cooler temperature and are therefore less likely to overheat. This extends the lifespan of the integrated LED downlights to about 50 000 hours so you can rely on its illumination for an impressive 17 years. In addition, integrated LED downlights offer a wider spread of light which means you’ll need fewer fixtures to illuminate your space. You’re also guaranteed optimum light placement thanks to their tilt capabilities.
Anti-glare LED downlights use a special lens to distribute light evenly and eliminate the LED glare. If you’re illuminating a workspace, this type of downlight is highly recommended.
SPACE YOUR DOWNLIGHTS EVENLY
There should be at least a 1-metre space between your wall and fixture. Each downlight should be spaced 1 to 1.5 metres apart.
DIM YOUR DOWNLIGHTS BY ZONE
Installing a dimmer switch allows you to control the amount of light emitted from your downlights. Downlights turned down low create a cosy atmosphere, save on energy, and increase the lifespan of the bulb. Instead of installing all your downlights on one dimmer, consider dimming them by zones. This is especially useful for open plan living spaces where perhaps you want a more intimate atmosphere around the dinner table and brighter lights in the kitchen.
CREATE A FOCAL POINT
Use your downlights to showcase a favourite painting or interesting architectural feature in your home. Downlights that tilt or rotate allow you to direct light in a specific direction and create a focal point.
COMPLEMENT YOUR DOWNLIGHTS WITH OTHER FIXTURES
And lastly, always remember that the lighting in your home should be layered so that your space does not look flat and lifeless. Use multiple light sources at different levels to complement your downlights. Wall sconces, table lamps, and floor lamps all work well to create a welcoming atmosphere.
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