Dimmable LED Downlights

Here at Simple Lighting, we have a wide range of downlight types for you to choose from. No matter your requirements, we have got you covered. On this page, you will find our complete range of dimmable LED downlights. Since they only require a fraction of the electricity that traditional downlights demand, they are both cost-efficient and energy-efficient.

Combine this with the dimmable feature of these downlights, and you can create the perfect atmosphere as well. Read on to discover more about them, and please, do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

What are Dimmable LED Downlights?

LED spotlights can save energy, most will use dimmable GU10 led bulbs as you can choose the level of brightness you wish to have in the room. This ensures that you are not using more energy when it is not needed. Aside from being incredibly energy-efficient, these lights can also change the mood and visual appearance of your space. On an evening, when you are ready to wind down, you can turn the lights down so that you have the perfect atmosphere in the room.

What Is the Difference Between Downlights and Spotlights?

The key difference between a downlight and a spotlight is that downlights are designed in a way that they throw illumination downwards, concentrating the light purposefully in a downward direction, as opposed to a spotlight which projects a narrow, intense beam of light onto a specific area, which can be adjusted. This reflects in the type of lighting the two different types of light offer, with downlights tending to be used to offer auxiliary or general lighting. Spotlights, on the other hand, tend to be used to highlight a specific area or object.

One of the main differences between a downlight and a spotlight is the installation - while a downlight is installed directly into the ceiling, a spotlight is fixed on either the ceiling or a wall. A downlight is also often a light bulb set in a metal cylinder with a decorative fascia, that is held into the ceiling using clips. This differs to a spotlight, which is fixed onto a wall or ceiling.

Can LED Downlights Be Dimmed?

LED downlights can absolutely be dimmed, but there are a few considerations that need to be taken into account before looking to install dimmable LED downlights.

Firstly, not all LED bulbs are dimmable, so it is critical that you find out if your bulb is dimmable before you buy it. This is because some bulbs have technology restrictions, meaning that they can not be dimmed correctly and will not work. It is also important to use a specific LED dimmer switch, as ordinary dimmer switches will not always work with LED lights. This is because existing dimmer switches often have a minimum power of 50W, and because LED lights tend to have lower wattages than a standard bulb, when a LED bulb is connected to a standard dimmer switch it will not reach the minimum power required and will cause the lights to flicker, make a buzzing noise or even overheat.

Where Should You Install Dimmable LED Lights?

We certainly recommend being tactical with regard to your installation of dimmable LED lights. You need to think about areas whereby lowering the level of light would be beneficial in terms of creating the right mood. It is all about context and purpose.

For example, they tend to be very popular in bedrooms and living areas. They are also common in bathrooms, enabling people to unwind in the bath without having a harsh, bright light on. However, they don't tend to be used in kitchens. After all, there is little benefit in having a dimmable light above your kitchen workspace area. If you need to focus, you're not going to want to turn down the brightness of the light.

Installing Dimmable Downlights in Your Bedroom

In most cases, installing standard overhead lighting can leave a portion of your bedroom in shadow, which can be a problem, particularly if you enjoy reading in bed. By installing a dimmable LED downlight, you can create a cosy, well-lit space to enjoy your favourite books or watch a film. Alongside creating a more appealing place to relax, dimmable downlights can also help make use of increased levels of light, such as in front of a mirror.

Installing Dimmable Downlights in the Bathroom

Adjustable LED lights are ideal for use in the bathroom, especially if you are looking to set the mood for a nice relaxing bath or shower. Adjust the light down lower and feel at peace.

What Will Happen If You Place a Non-dimmable Led Downlight on the Dimmer?

If you were to install down lighting that was non-dimming in a circuit that has a dimming switch, it would typically operate normally so long as the dinner is fully on or is at full power. If you were to dim the bulb, this would typically result in erratic behaviour, for example, buzzing or flickering. This can cause damage to the bulb in the end.

Why Are My Dimmable Lights Flickering?

If you try to lower the brightness of your lights, and instead, your lights start flickering, this is almost always because you are using non-compatible light bulbs or a non-compatible dimmer switch. As spoken about previously, non-dimmable light bulbs will work in your dimmable light circuit if the light is switched on fully and is at 100 per cent. If not, you are going to get a lot of flickering.

Furthermore, if the dimmer switch is not compatible, it is going to go on and off many times per second. This can cause your LED bulb to simply become a flickering strobe light.

Can You Install Your Dimmable LED Downlights Yourself?

Fitting dimmable LED downlights is a job that you can do yourself. Nevertheless, as is the case with any sort of DIY project that involves electricity, we only recommend going down this route if you are completely sure about the task at hand. If you do not have any experience, you should definitely get a professional electrician to do the job.

Have Some Questions?

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If you would like to explore the dimmable LED downlights that we have for sale further, or you have any queries about them in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. Our professional and friendly team is available to answer any sort of queries that you may have, irrespective of how big or small. By choosing Simple Lighting, you choose products of the highest quality!

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