A Guide to Choosing the Correct Number of LED Downlights
Choosing the correct number of LED downlights for your rooms can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Fortunately, LED Monkey is here to help you, so check out our handy Guide to Choosing the Correct Number of LED Downlights...
LED Downlights for the Living Spaces
Downlights can be used both for general and specific lighting purposes in locations all around your home.
For example, in your living room, you might wish to illuminate the whole area with them, thereby creating a wide area of ambient light. On the other hand, you might wish to pick out certain important features such as a display of ornaments or a family photograph.
So, when it comes to lighting your living space or your bedroom, it’s important to consider the arrangement of the furniture and fittings in the room, as well as any feature you may wish to highlight.
Measure your room and use the table below to calculate the number of LED downlights you’ll need for a living space of that size:
So, for a living area that’s 9-metres2 you’ll require 4 x LED downlights, while for a room measuring 24-metres2 you’ll need to fit 9 x LED downlight and so on.
Remember to choose the correct LED colour temperature when you’re ordering your light bulbs.
For the bedroom and lounge, most people tend to opt for a warm white colour temperature as it’s a lot more cosy and convivial than the other colours, creating a relaxed lighting ambience that’s great for unwinding at the end of a hard day.
LED Downlights in the Kitchen
When planning to illuminate your kitchen with LED downlights it’s imperative that you light your work areas well.
After all, you want to be able to see what you’re doing when you have a sharp knife in your hand, don’t you?
As you'll see from the table below, you’ll require a far larger number of LED downlights in certain areas to act as “task lighting” at counter level.
Again, find out the dimensions of your kitchen area and use the chart below in the same way as before, remembering to position your LED downlights for optimum visibility.
In the kitchen, the colour temperature of your LED spotlight bulbs is equally important, especially if it doubles as a dining area. As such, you’ll need a type of illumination that’s bright enough to work by but mellow enough to relax and unwind, too.
For this purpose we recommend Daylight as the best LED colour temperature to opt for. At 4000K, it’s the closest approximation of naturally occurring light, so you’ll be able to chop your veg and eat your greens in the perfect type of light!
LED Downlights for the Bathroom
Illuminating your bathroom is a totally different kettle-of-fish to your other rooms as it needs to be a bit brighter and more intense than that of the living room or bedroom.
However, to ensure that it’s sufficiently clinical and bright without burning out your retinas, check out this table as it’s designed to give you a level of 200 lux at floor level which is just about right:
For the bathroom, you could go for the Daylight colour temperature option, however, we recommend Cool White LED spotlight bulbs. Cool White is the brightest of the three LED colour temperatures on offer.
At 6000K, it will imbue your bathroom with an air of cleanliness and modernity, banishing shadows and making whites tiles and surfaces look even whiter!
Remember, these tables represent an approximate measure of the number of LED downlights you’ll require for each of your rooms. They're based on a ceiling height of 2.4-metres using our GE 8-Watt LED GU10 Spotlight Bulbs, which generate approximately 500 lumens per bulb.
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