How much light do you need in your home? That depends on your needs, and that’s where Downlight comes in. Downlight isn’t just one style of lighting, it’s a type of fixture that uses different kinds of bulbs to illuminate your home in all the ways you need it to be illuminated, whether it’s up close or long-distance illumination or something else entirely. Follow along as we discuss the types of Downlights available today and show you how to choose the right kind to fit your needs.
Choosing A Style
A popular question that we hear at Downlight is what style of light is best? The answer to this question has many different opinions and ultimately it comes down to your personal preference. Some people prefer more dramatic lighting while others would prefer a more subtle design. Ultimately, it’s about what you feel like going home to at the end of the day and living with you every day.
Below is a list of different types of lightbulbs, along with their features and benefits. A lightbulb that uses high-voltage electric current through gases in a tube. These tubes release electromagnetic radiation as electrons strike mercury atoms in the tube. This causes ultraviolet radiation to be released, which then hits phosphor chemicals inside the bulb. The phosphors produce white or bluish-white light when they are excited by this UV radiation.
Choosing The Ideal Location
If you’re going to install a Downlight in your home, you should start by deciding where it will go. This may seem like an obvious question, but there are a few things that need to be considered when choosing the right location. There are many different styles of Downlights available, and they can produce light in a variety of ways. What kind of light do you want? Where will it go? How far is it from any light fixtures or other lights?
For example, if you want a Downlight that produces bright light, you should install it in an area where it will be far away from any other sources of light. Light travels in straight lines and doesn’t diffuse as it does through air. If your Downlight is close to another source of light (like a fixture), then some of its brightness will reflect off that surface instead of going out into your home.
CRI, Beam Angle & Lumens
The CRI determines how true colors will appear under that light. If you want your artwork or photographs to look as vibrant as possible, a high CRI (90+) is best. However, if you are looking for dramatic or mood lighting a lower CRI is better. A higher Beam Angle produces light where it needs to be without wasting energy on areas of little interest like corners and ceilings. Lumens dictate how bright that fixture will be but also how much energy it will consume.
If you plan on using LED Downlights in multiple areas of your home, you can reduce costs by purchasing lighting with a higher lumen output. The general guideline is that your lumens should be at least 10-20% more than what’s required for task lighting in a room. Task lighting is when you use lights to perform work like reading or cooking.