What is an LED Downlight?
A downlight, also called a recessed light, is a light fixture installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling. When installed looks like a light shining from a hole in the ceiling, concentrating the light in a downward direction as a broad floodlight or narrow spotlight.
What are the advantages of a Downlight?
LED downlights offer the advantages of being a hidden light source, broad or narrow spot lighting, and energy efficient LED technology.
What are the bulb types used in Downlights?
There are two types of bulbs for recessed lighting. They are directional bulbs (R, BR, PAR, MR) and diffuse bulbs (A, S, PS, G). Directional bulbs have reflectors that direct and control the light. The diffuse lamps control light distribution through their omnidirectional light.
What color temperature do I need?
Color temperatures range from warm white to cool white.
- 2700K - 3000K – provides an ambient, intimate, and personal mood with its warm white light that is ideal for living rooms, family rooms, and hospitality environments.
- 3500K - 4100K – provides a clean and efficient neutral white light that is ideal for kitchen, bath, garage or commercial applications.
- 5000K - 6500K - provides a vibrant and alert cool white light that is ideal for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.
What is a beam angle?
The beam angle of an LED bulb is the angular dimension of the cone of light from the lamp. It encompasses the central part of the beam out to the angle where the intensity is 50 percent of maximum.
For most household ceiling fitted applications, a beam angle of 30 or 40 degrees would be sufficient. For outdoor applications, a wider beam angle of 60 to 120 degrees is preferred to cover a larger surface area.