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Ceiling spotlights send narrow rays of light around the room that can be aimed at a particular spot or directed around the room if they are installed with adjustable fittings. Spotlights on a ceiling are a great way to brighten up a shadowy area or a gloomy corner that misses out on natural light. Ceiling spotlights are a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms because they shed a large amount of light in a room that often requires good task lighting in certain zones. They also work well in hallways, lounges and bedrooms in order to highlight certain areas or a favourite feature.
Recessed ceiling spotlights are set into the ceiling and send light downwards. They make your room less prone to shadows and give an even brightness across the room which suits clean lines and modern interior design. They are also utilitarian, for any space that is used for a precision task, there is a demand for a spotlight.
They are straightforward to install, either yourself or by calling in an electrician. A careful hole needs to be marked and cut out of the ceiling for the fitting to be set in. Approach the wiring with care if you have not fitted a light before. The ceiling spotlight will be fitted into the recessed area with clips. You can install all the ceiling spotlights on one switch or on different switches to vary the lighting results.
For extra safety, choose fire rated ceiling spotlights which are adapted to reduce the spread of fire between upper and lower storeys. They have an expanding material attached which slows down the spread of a fire. They are recommended for all ceiling lights on lower floors.
For kitchen or bathroom ceiling spotlights, choose an IP rated spotlight which is adapted for high humidity. The spotlights will last longer and be safer to use.
Next, think about your placement. If you are going for spotlights on a spotlight plate or which are shaded and point from a central lighting fixture then you will likely have your spotlights naturally placed away from a wall and you can use the shades to direct the light. If you are using recessed ceiling spotlights then you will want to make sure that they are evenly spaced and not too close to a wall.
After the practicalities, you can turn your attention to the appearance of your spotlights and the effect they confer on your home. Do you want a warm light or a cooler tone? Even once you know you want a golden light or a white light, how do you sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to finding what you have in mind? The higher the number of kelvins (K), the brighter your light is likely to be, so bear that in mind when you are making your choice.
Ceiling spotlights are beautiful set into a wooden spotlight plate, on a chrome bar or in clusters that point out in different directions. You can also go for different subtle surrounds from chrome rings, to white plates, black backing plates or even beaded surrounds for extra sparkle.
Think about where you need your spotlights to shine and then scope out where to put them for maximum effect. Ceiling spotlights are a simple, sleek option for any room and any space.