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Understanding Downlights Infographic

Downlights are an unobtrusive alternative to other ceiling fixtures.  A modern way to illuminate your home or specific focal areas. Designed for those who enjoy a simple lighting scheme. Recessed downlights are a real space saver when it comes to ceiling lighting. Downlights can be both ambient and functional – general or focussed.   Measure the square footage of your room (multiply width x depth) Multiply the square footage by 1.5 to give yourself the desired wattage for the room (divide this by 10 if you are working in LED wattage) Select the bulb and wattage you require to create a well-lit living space. (we recommend 5w GU10) Divide the total wattage figure by the bulb wattage you intend to use to calculate how many fixtures are required. Example – (Kitchen is 15ft x 15ft + total square footage of 225ft. 225 x 1.5 = 338 (round up). 338 wattage is halogen, for LED we divide by 10 = 34 (round up). I intend to use 5w GU10’s so I do 34/5=7 (round up). My kitchen needs around 7 downlights to be well illuminated. Always note that this is a rough guide and that an experienced electrician would give you a better idea for your particular living spaces. Personal preference also always factors in, as does the use of the room. If the room is open plan, divide the room up into areas and measure like that. Ceiling height factors in – but for necessary wattage not to order more downlights. The taller the ceiling the brighter the bulb is what we recommend. Low ceilings use our glass bodied 3w? High ones, use 5w? Space your downlights 2 feet away from the edge of your walls as a rule of thumb and then space them out evenly. We recommend dividing the height of your ceiling by 2 to give you the number of foot you should leave between lights.

 

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