Downlights stand out from other fixture types because they offer so many different options for trims, lenses and reflectors to serve just about any purpose. LED technology produces less heat, uses less energy and is more effective at guiding light to its intended destination than other traditional lighting technologies such as incandescent. Integrating LED technology into recessed downlights can be a slam dunk.
LEDs are available in a wider variety of colors and lighting shades, whereas incandescent bulbs only come in a yellow, warm hue, according to CNET. Popular LED bulbs for houses usually come in bright, soft or warm whites, and if homeowners truly want to get creative, they can pick up smart bulbs that can change colors.
Though fixed recessed lighting is standard in most cases, downlights can serve multiple functions based on build, trim and angle. “Eyeballs” and “gimbals” are two options that are becoming more popular due to their added functionality of being aimable while also being mostly recessed into the ceiling.
Homeowners seeking to add more light around the perimeter of their homes while also creating a dramatic effect may want to look into installing LED downlights in eaves or overhangs. Doing so will enhance outdoor visuals while adding security measures. LEDs are inherently OK with cold temperatures and will do fine outside as long as they are not left day burning in the summertime. Especially for second-story eaves, the long-life benefits of LED means bulb replacements will be few and far between.
Homeowners looking for added lighting flexibility and in-ceiling fixtures can benefit from installing downlighting. Combined with energy-saving LED bulbs, downlights can be another component in a homeowner’s plan to have modern and efficient lighting throughout an entire home.