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What are Downlights?

LED Downlights

Light fixtures situated above the ceiling and shining down into an area are known as downlights. The downlight’s trim is usually flush against the ceiling. However, some edges, such as gimbals or eyes, stick down below the top to allow light pointing.


You can install this form of lighting throughout an entire room by homeowners. Downlights can also bring attention to a focal point or provide visual interest to a space. Downlights are simple to install in a new home during construction, but you can also retrofit them into existing recessed fixtures.

Colour Temperature

Cool white is a good choice when choosing LED downlights for a space that you can heat, such as a kitchen or laundry room. Warmer downlights, as opposed to their perfect white counterparts, are a preferable choice if you desire warmth and intimacy in your space, such as a living room or bedroom.

As a good all-rounder, we suggest a natural white 4000K. It’s cold, clean, and comfortable, yet it doesn’t overwhelm your senses. It’s as if there’s natural light streaming in from the roof. You can depict the variation in colour temperature in the photo below.

Colour Rendering Index (CRI)

CRI refers to a light source’s ability to faithfully reveal objects’ colour compared to natural sunlight. The index ranges from 0 to 100, with a perfect 100. That means that colours seem the same under artificial light in natural daylight. Generally, you can consider that a CRI of 80-90 is within the range of accurate colour rendering.

If you want your lights to generate rich, vibrant tones over the whole colour spectrum, we recommend a high CRI (90+) combined with a mid-range colour temperature (4000K).

Lifespans of Downlights

Of course, this depends on the type of investment you make. On average, halogen downlights last 2,000 hours. Many people need to replace the bulk of their halogen globes every 12 to 18 months.

LED downlights have a 50,000-hour lifespan, which equates to roughly 27 years if used 5 hours each day. As you can see, these are significantly more cost-effective in the long run.

What is the Procedure for Replacing LED Downlights?

That is dependent on whether or not it is built-in. Manufacturers built most of them these days with a fixed light and driver separate with a plug, as seen in the image below. When companies make these lights, you can only replace the entire fixture, including the downlight driver. Because the design of the driver is precisely for this light, you can’t just buy another driver to operate the brightness. You’ll need to change the entire downlight assembly.

Benefits of LED Downlights

Other traditional lighting technologies, such as incandescent, emit less heat, consume less energy, and are less successful at guiding light to its intended destination than LED downlights. LEDs have a longer lifespan, so you’ll save money on maintenance in the long run.

LEDs also come in a more significant range of hues and tones than incandescent bulbs, only available in a yellow, warm hue. LED bulbs for downlights in houses are typically bright, gentle, or summery whites. But if you want to be more adventurous, you may install smart bulbs that change colours.

Products Available

LED downlights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The fixtures themselves will have varying performance characteristics. That includes the amount of ballast required, the most common wattage, current draw at 12 volts, and the most common colour temperature. Professionals use recessed lights, flush mount lights, wall washers, and downlights to describe them.

9030 Tri-Colour LED Downlight 13W:

9030 Tri-colour LED Downlight9030 Tri-Color LED Downlight 13W

The 9030 Tri-colour LED Downlight is an excellent option for general-purpose illumination in the home. This downlight has a built-in LED that makes finding things in the dark is simpler. This elegant design has a long life span and is ideal for any application. This downlight’s elegant form can brighten any room, and the tri-colour switch gives you complete control over the ambience you want to create. You can easily navigate in the dark without taking up valuable floor space. With its aluminium body and long-lasting operating system, this light is one you won’t want to be without it.

Panther LED Downlight 10W:

Panther LED DownlightPanther LED Downlight 10W

The Panther LED Downlight is a versatile device in a small container. It’s simple to set up and has an aluminium body that complements any design. The white reflector with lens provides either warm or cool light, depending on your desire. The 90mm cut-out size allows it to be placed almost anywhere in the house. This LED downlight is somewhat smaller than ordinary incandescent light bulbs. It uses only 10W of energy and produces 800 lumens. This lamp is IP44 rated and has an aluminium shell that provides maximum endurance in every environment. It includes outdoor locations where it cannot tolerate full submersion but may withstand splashes or sprays.

More Variation: Black Downlights

Other products available are: 2010 Adjustable LED Down Light 12W, 3010 LED downlight 10W, 5013 LED downlight White 13W, Can LED surface mount downlight black 13W.


Lastly, Follow These Tips When Choosing LED Downlights:

  • When purchasing LED outdoor downlights, seek the 90mm size, as it is the most popular. That means you will save money because they are available in larger quantities, and they will also be easier to repair when the fixtures are changed.
  • When switching from halogen to LED, seek warm white LEDs with the same colour temperature.
  • When removing LED Kitchen downlights from the roof, pull them down cautiously to avoid breaking the gyprock and to avoid getting your fingers caught in the springs.


When you choose the best downlights for your kitchen, living room, bedroom, or any other space within your house, these are some things to consider. You can also look for many available options on the website and choose the best one per your convenience, feasibility, and need.

LED downlights are easy to install and save energy. Get one now for your home at Commercial Lighting today.

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