Downlights or recessed lights look pretty cool, don’t they?
The sleek and modern appearance is one of the main reasons people nowadays choose downlights for living rooms, bedrooms, or even kitchens. The main thing everyone loves about these lights is that they appear to be a part of the ceiling.
While we love the way downlights look, we also appreciate how they can light up a small room with low ceilings. Since so many people are installing them, we thought of sharing our two cents based on our extensive experience with downlights.
But before we share the top five tips that will ease the way to installing them, check out the essential factors to consider before the installation process.
Things To Consider Before Installing Downlights
1. The Basics
The basic things you need to consider for downlight installation are room size, depth of area, and ceiling height. Planning an open space room is quite different from a standard room. Open spaces may need more lights to keep the floor bright and vibrant.
Apart from that, think about the purpose of the room, will you use it frequently or not? Also, some particular areas might need more lighting than others, so it’s best to plan accordingly.
2. Calculate The Wattage
Once you know the wattage required to light up a room successfully, you will get a clear idea of how many downlights to buy. To find out the wattage of any space, multiply the square foot area by 1.5. For example, if a room is 16 feet x 17 feet, the total square footage equals 272.
Now, when you multiply 272 by 1.5, you get 408. To get a rough idea of the number of LED bulbs to buy, divide this number by the bulb wattage you will use for the room.
Now, let’s get into the five most important tips to keep in mind while installing downlights in any part of the house-
5 Top Tips For Installing Downlights
1. Right Spacing
If there is one tip that you absolutely cannot afford to miss, spacing the lights correctly is essential. We’ve seen innumerable cases of residents excited to DIY the downlights in place, only to find that they have been missing a sense of space entirely.
When we say sense of space, we mean that no matter the number of lights, all must be aligned evenly with adequate space between them. The lights must be placed so that they look balanced and harmonious when the room is viewed as a whole.
We suggest placing the downlights approximately two feet away from the walls. Once all the lights are distanced appropriately, there will be no unwanted shadows in any corner of the room.
2. Experiment With Accent Lighting
Keep in mind that you can always use angles to enhance specific areas of the room. Placing downlights so that it throws focus on one element of the room looks appealing, so don’t hesitate to try that out. For instance, the kitchen could have a downlight in the prep area so that tasks like cutting and cooking have extra light.
Depending on the task, the installation will become easier if you already have an idea of where the downlights will go. Make it a point to try all possible beam angles to get the most flattering angle for your room.
3. Interest And Depth Using Placement
While accent lighting will help you focus on some parts of the room, you can change it up to create depth. A pooling effect is a great way to add more interest and contrast to a plain space. This effect is created by adjusting two beam angles close to each other with solid lighting and placing them in the same or different directions.
Try the pooling effect to see all kinds of shadows and contrasts you can create without any extra costs. Remember, the ceiling height also matters when it comes to depth and sharpness of light. When the light falls on the floor or objects, it is usually cone-shaped and will reach a diameter of around 30 inches.
Extra downlights may be necessary to keep the place well lit if you have a low ceiling. And in the case of higher ceilings, fewer lights with brighter wattage will be a better choice.
4. Dimmable Downlights
One remarkable thing about downlights is that you can try a number of colours and brightness options to match the room’s mood. And if you can arrange the lights to a flexible setting so that they can dim down when required, there’s nothing else like it.
So, decide whether you want to stick to cool white tones or soft yellow lights so that they match the overall theme. Once that is fixed and the dimmable lights are installed, you can alter the lighting to get a different vibe each time.
In case you live in an open floor plan, dimmer switches will give you more flexibility to dim only select lights at a time.
5. Try The Wall Washing Technique
Wall washing is a creative technique that allows you to create points of interest in some corners of the room. You can achieve this look by installing low glare lights along a wall in intervals, with the difference that they will be closer to the wall.
Using this technique, you will be washing the wall with extra light to create unique designs that attract attention. This >
Even if you do not want to throw the spotlight on any object in particular, it is possible to use them to improve the ambience.
Things To Know Before Installing Downlights!
If you are going for a sleek, minimalist look, or you prefer to have lights attached to the ceiling, downlights are ideal. They do not have visible fixtures, and there is no need to spend time cleaning them frequently.
Installing them is pretty straightforward, and if you follow these tips, you’ll have a lovely arrangement that looks balanced with the rest of the house. In fact, you might not want to go back to regular lighting fixtures that need constant replacements!
That’s all for this guide, until next time!