We are often asked about the best choices for recessed downlights – also known as recessed spotlights.
So, we thought we’d share some advice…
Recessed halogen spotlights:
Halogen lights have been around for some time now. They are usually low voltage, requiring a transformer, which adds to the cost and fitting time.
We see a lot of problems with halogen downlights:
- The bulb needs replacing regularly – we’ve seen this happen on a weekly basis in some cases!
- They don’t work, even after bulb replacement
- High heat is generated from the bulb – causing damage to the wires, the transformer and the fitting. The heat has measured up to 300°C – that’s high enough to catch fire – so fire risk is a real issue
- Halogen lights use a lot of energy, particularly if you have several on, making them an expensive option
Recessed LED downlights:
We always recommend LED lighting, and will only fit purpose built, factory made LED downlights.
This is what we tell customers about LED spotlights:
- Very low energy usage – an estimated 90% reduction in energy consumption, but LED maintains the same quality of light output of halogen
- Bulbs (also known as lamps) rarely, if ever, need replacing
- Because they run at a much cooler temperature – reducing the risk of damage to the light fitting and components
- Colour choice – warm or cool white light
- Bezel colour choice – this is the ring around the light – this can be easily changed. The standard colour is white, but for a very small outlay this can be changed brushed chrome
- Standard fire rating – meaning should there be a fire, in the room above or below where fittings are installed, the fire integrity of the ceiling will be maintained for up to 90 minutes – as required under fire regulations
- Significantly reduced risk of fire
If you would like to talk about installing LED downlights, pleased contact us on 01784 558 758.
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