LED spotlights are swiftly becoming one of the most popular lighting options out there. They are very versatile, providing directional light for workspaces, as well as providing good ambient lighting for a room.
You can also use LED spotlights to highlight features and artwork or to improve the lighting in just one section of the room. This means that they are a fantastic option for both domestic and commercial purposes.
These lights are available in a variety of colours, beam angles, and finishes, meaning that you can pick the perfect lighting for your purposes. They can be as bright or as dim as you need. Also, LED light bulbs are energy-efficient and long-lasting, especially when compared to halogen bulbs.
How to Change a Spotlight Bulb?
GU10 LED bulbs are often paired with LED downlights to be used for ambient lighting. Depending on the type of fitting, there are different ways to change the spotlight bulb.
First, turn off the light fixture and give the bulb time to cool down. Because LED spotlights create a beam of light, they can produce a lot of heat. Give it at least five or ten minutes to cool down before attempting to remove it.
If the bulb has a spring-clip, simply undo the clips that hold it in place and gently pull the bulb out of the socket. You may need to turn it anti-clockwise. Then, reverse the process to replace the LED bulb.
If the fixture has a twist face, then carefully twist the plate anti-clockwise until it detaches. Then, unscrew the LED bulb and replace it. Secure the bulb with the clips and put the plate back onto the fixture.
If the faceplate is removable, you may need to use a small flathead screwdriver to gently prise the fitting away from the ceiling. Then, unclip the bulb and replace it with the new bulb before reattaching the faceplate in the same way that you removed it.
How Many Spotlights do I Need?
The amount of spotlights that you need depends on what you need them for, the type of spotlight that you’re using, and the size of the room or area that you need to light.
Spotlights work by using concentrated beams of light, so you should plan where you place them. If you want to use them to highlight some wall art, then smaller spotlights directly above the artwork is recommended. But even if you’re using spotlights for ambient lighting, then be aware that they will still draw focus to certain areas of the room. This means that the areas that need more light can be highlighted, without overly lighting the entire room.
Highlighting lights should always be planned first, then the rest of the ambient lighting can be put around them. Certain rooms will require extra lighting, like kitchens or workrooms where you want to be able to better see where you’re working.
Generally, you can determine the amount of LED spotlights required by measuring the square footage of a room (multiply the depth and width). Then, multiply the square footage by 1.5 to determine the wattage needed to light up a space.
Lights should be placed at least 2 feet away from the walls and between 3-4 feet from each other, depending on the height of your ceiling. You can work out the exact spacing by dividing the height of your ceiling by two.
This is a very general rule, and you may need more or fewer spotlights depending on what you use the room for. If you’re unsure, it may be an idea to overlight a space and install a dimmer switch, allowing you to better control the light levels in the room.
How to Wire Spotlights?
If you’re unsure about how to wire a light, then you should contact an electrician to do it safely. Wiring spotlights can be tricky if you don’t have an understanding of home electrics and electrical lighting.
Remember that electrics can be very dangerous if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
If you do have an understanding of electrics and would prefer to wire the spotlights, then take care to:
Switch off the voltage on your power supply before installing your LED spotlights.
These types of lights have a closed circuit, meaning that the connection goes in one direction. All but the final spotlight in the circuit will have two cables, while the final spotlight will have one cable.
After exposing the ends of your cables, use a connector box to easily connect the correct wires of your spotlight to the exposed ends of the cables. It holds them in place and keeps them secure.
Once the spotlight is wired, simply insert it into the correct place.
Again, if you’re unsure, it’s best to call an electrician.
How to Pick the Right LED Spotlight?
Such lights come in a wide variety of finishes, including white, chrome, or brushed chrome. It's just a matter of choosing the one which best suits your style and decor. You can also pair the fixtures with different types of LED spotlight bulbs.
LED Lighting is a great replacement for halogen ones. Swap them and enjoy longer life bulbs with more energy efficiency. GU10 LED Bulbs are the most common type to pair with a downlight and they fit directly to the mains without the need for a transformer or a LED driver.
You can also find light bulbs with dimmable or remote control functions giving you greater freedom and control over your property lighting.
Here are a few other factors to consider when choosing your LED spotlight bulbs:
LED spotlight bulbs come with different beam angles, which determine how wide or narrow the beam of light is. The narrower the angle, the more concentrated the light on a smaller area. A GU10 wider beam spotlight doesn't mean more light - it just means the same amount of light is spread further.
If you want to highlight a certain feature in the room, such as artwork, then a bulb with a narrow beam angle of around 20°- 40° would be ideal. Bulbs with a wider beam angle are better suited for general lighting or for lighting workspaces.
When installing spotlights or LED Downlights colour temperature of the lights is possibly one of the most important features to consider when choosing bulbs. Colour temperature can completely transform the ambience of a room with a look and feel of 'warm' or 'cool' lighting.
A warm white bulb gives a softer light, which is best suited for relaxing areas, such as the living room or bedroom. A cool white bulb is more intense and gives a more bluish tone, which works best in kitchens and bathrooms.
Just like colour temperature, the brightness of LED spotlight bulbs can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a room. With the older incandescent bulbs, it was possible to roughly determine the brightness by looking at the wattage, even though watts are a measurement of power used and not brightness.
To determine the brightness of LED lights, you need to consider the lumens, which is the measurement of total light output. The general rule is, the higher the lumens, the brighter the light. An LED of around 800-850 lm will give the same light output as a 60W standard bulb.
Why Choose LED Spotlights?
Whether you wish to create a soft glow of ambient lighting or highlight special interior items, LED spotlights will allow you to create the mood and the effect you want. They are ideal for accent lighting and displays, and their focused beam also makes them an excellent choice for task lighting in areas such as the kitchen. The minimalist design of them means they fit seamlessly into any style or decor and in any room.
LEDs use much less energy than the standard incandescent, halogen, or CFL bulbs, making them the greener lighting choice. This is helpful for those wishing to lower their carbon footprint and especially for commercial properties aiming to meet governmental energy ratings.
Not only that, but LED lighting is also kinder to the environment when they finally reach the end of their life. Other energy-saving bulbs, such as the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), contain traces of mercury, making disposal difficult. LEDs, on the other hand, are non-toxic and can be recycled safely.
Being energy-efficient also means lower energy bills. By switching to LED spotlights, you can reduce your annual electricity bill by hundreds of pounds. Not only are they cheaper to run, but their long-life span means you'll also save money on replacement bulbs.
The advanced technology of LED spotlight bulbs means they are able to remove heat through heat sinks, which helps prolong the life expectancy way beyond that of any other light bulbs. The Average Rated Lifetime Hours (ARL) of LEDs is approximately 50,000 hours compared to just 750 -2000 hours of incandescent bulbs.
It's also worth knowing that they don't burn out, but instead, they slowly depreciate in lumens (brightness) over time. They won't 'blow' but will just get dimmer, and it will happen so slowly that you'll barely notice until it reaches a certain point, which could be in a couple of decades!
Want to know more about LED Spotlights?
If you would like more information about our LED spotlights, how they work, or what are the best bulbs, then get in touch with us today. A member of our team will be more than happy to help you find the right products for your lighting project. They will take into consideration your needs and expectations, and also the style and the purpose of a particular interior. Thanks to their broad knowledge and high experience, they will be able to suggest the right lights to meet all of your requirements.
We want you to be fully satisfied with your shopping here, so we offer only the products that come from renowned manufacturers, and we try to set the most reasonable prices possible for them. With affordable, high-quality lighting products, Simple Lighting will brighten your day!
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