Top 4 Questions To Ask Before Using Downlights

On June 18, 2017 by Josh

When you are looking for a modern, stylish solution to lighting design in the home, downlights are the natural option. Downlights have many benefits and can enhance all rooms in the house. Downlights are an excellent choice when you use them well. And this means asking yourself the following questions before you install downlights in your home.

1. What Are You Using the Space For?

According to, you first need to consider what activities will be taking place in the room and the purpose, or purposes, of the room. If the room will be the place where many different activities take place then you will need a more flexible approach to locating and designing with downlights. For example, if you are using a living room for watching TV as well as reading, and doing a hobby where you need good light, you will need different styles of downlights in your lighting plan in order for everyone to effectively use the room.

2. What are the Focal Points?

One of the biggest mistakes in home lighting is highlighting the wrong things in a room. Often, wasted space is illuminated while artwork and nice furniture hide in the shadows. While you cannot highlight everything, and you shouldn’t try to, you can choose certain elements that should be put in the downlight spotlight.

3. What Mood Do You Want to Achieve?

It is likely that you will want to achieve different moods in the same room at different times. For example, you may want a bathroom to be bright and cheerful in the morning when you are getting ready for work and relaxed and romantic in the evening when taking a bath. Downlights can help to create these moods and using flexible lighting solutions allows you to set a number of different moods in the same room.

4. What’s Your Budget?

When you are thinking about any lighting project you need to be clear from the outset how much you want to spend on your lighting design. Bear in mind that you will need to pay for installation costs and also the cost of the bulbs. Shopping around online can net you a better deal on your downlights so you can stay within budget as you create your ideally lit home.

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