When coming up with a lighting scheme for your new dwelling (And may I say “congratulations”, by the way), it’s important to choose a functional and at the same time energy-efficient solution. A home can really thrive with the right choice of lighting, and downlighting plays a big role in that success. Downlighting is a contemporary and unobtrusive way to light up any area in a home, whether kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. If you hate chandeliers and other hanging fixtures, you are going to love this hassle-free minimalistic lighting scheme. With a smart scheme, LED downlights can be excellent for ambient lighting as well as for more focused task lighting.
Moreover, LED lighting downlights generate a bright but muted down glow which does not get into your eyes and causes them to strain. Plus, they are incredibly flexible and can be installed anywhere without worrying about doors or fixtures. If you are considering installing downlights, it’s important to know a few things.
For starters, how many downlights does it take to light a room? To be honest, there’s no exact formula, however, you can follow a practical rule of thumb which says that the downlights closest to the walls should be placed no further than 60cm. This is the standard dimension for the width of any furniture pieces, like bookcases and cupboards, that might be leaned against the walls. This means that once your downlights are installed there will be no unsightly shadows from furniture blocking the light.
Regarding the layout of the fixtures, there’s no strict rule which says you have to limit yourself to rigid rows. Unlike pendants and flush lights, which are bulky types of LED lighting downlights have their mini-design as an advantage. You can improvise and place them anywhere without disturbing the balance of the space. You can place them in a straight line, in circles or even scatter them around the ceiling to create a starry sky atmosphere. Let your imagination take the lead.
As for spacing, you first need to think about the area you are lighting. There doesn’t have to be a fixed distance between the lights, the only important thing is to put a light where you most need it. But when downlights are used as general lighting, you need approximately one per 1.2sqm to illuminate the space completely.
You might also be faced with the choice between warm white or cool white. Although it’s a matter of preference, it’s advisable to use cool white for task-oriented lighting for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. A cool, white light gives the space a more professional feel and provides exceptional visibility for reading, writing or cooking. Warm white on the other hand, is all about relaxation and it is perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. It is recommended to use only one colour of lights throughout a room or open space plan. There are also downlights in other colours as well which are mostly used as decorative or accent lighting.
In any case, choosing downlights is always a good decision. They are a tasteful form of lighting that perfectly compliments all types of modern interiors.