Mains Downlights have evolved from the original low voltage version. They can be used to create an atmosphere in a bedroom, dining area or lounge and are also widely used in bathrooms with many versions being IP rated for bathroom zone use. This type of mains Halogen, CFL Low energy and LED Lighting is now widely available being quick and easy to install with the added benefit of not requiring a transformer.
Mains Downlights consists of tungsten halogen, CFL Low energy and LED options that give different types of light output to suit your requirements. Many offering two or three times more crisp bright light than that of conventional lamps of the equivalent wattage. These mains voltage versions require no transformer with some of the LED units requiring a driver straight from the 230 – 240 volt supply. When used to replace several conventional light fittings mains downlights can help to reduce energy consumption by up to 80%. With the added benefit of longer bulb life.
The best mains quality branded halogen, CFL and LED lamps are fitted into special mirrored reflectors with sealed fronts so they can be used safely in bathrooms and kitchens. These halogen bulbs as well as the CFL and LED low energy versions have good efficient reflectors which give a bright light output making them ideal for highlighting areas and individual objects such as your new mono bloc chrome tap set or a fine piece of artwork.
If you are choosing to use Mains Downlights for a complete room, a good guide for light output is one Halogen 20W flood beam light per square meter or one 50W light per 1.5 square meters. Allowing half a meter in from the edge of the room all round. To achieve a 50w output equivalent in LED you will require a 7 watt LED bulb and for CFL it is 11 watt. All the mains GU10 halogen bulbs sold by Online Lighting can be controlled by dimmer switches allowing you to adjust the light level to suit your requirements.
We also sell a full range of Fire rated Downlights that maintain the fire instrument properties of your plasterboard ceiling all fittings being compliant with current regulations. We would advise that all Bathrooms have strict regulations as to the type of light fitting that should be used, and in which area of the bathroom. If you are unsure about the position or suitability of any light fitting you should consult a qualified electrician. Kitchens also are subject to special wiring regulations and advice should be sought from a qualified electrician before any installation is undertaken. Our helpful staff should be able to assist you if you have any questions or comments so please feel free to contact us at any time.