You’ve decided to buy a recessed spot. And then, surprise! The radius is provided that … How to choose among all these products? How to compare them? Above all, it is worth asking what are our expectations. Do we really need adownlight, and what type of media? Why are there different possible power? There are halogen lamps,compact fluorescentor LED. But what function, and at what price? Stop, do not panic! Before delving into the technical features of your light fixture, here’s a small list of items that can guide your choice.
Why choose a recessed spot?
There are all kinds of fixtures. Among them, the spots have emerged for extra lighting and decorative lights.It has long been used to clip spots, spots on rail or on cable … but, for some time, it is the recessed spotlightsthat are needed gradually. Admittedly, the recessed spotlights are a particularly aesthetic solution. They disappear into the ceiling and does not clutter the space. A formula particularly suitable for rooms with low ceilings. The space saving is real, with a lamp disappears and leaves only light.
On the other hand, lighting is undergoing a revolution, with the development of new light sources (LEDs) and improving performance of the bulbs. These new technologies allow today to consider a broad-based lighting recessed spotlights.What interest in that? The proliferation of light sources in the house! No more big chandeliers that clutter the space and which broadcast a single light. With recessed spotlights, they are so many lights that illuminate you and that will create a multi-light, much nicer. In addition, you can play with different color temperatures and various types of spots. You will be able to modulate moods, adapt the light to every part of the room or enjoy the best of each technology to save money. In short, recessed spotlights have everything to seduce!
The choice of medium built
A recessed spot is composed of three distinct elements: the support, the socket and bulb. Careful because some merchants designate by the name spot built a simple support, or do not provide the bulb. Initially the media were only built-round, but today we find in other forms, including square. They all have fixations and are intended to be embedded in a false ceiling. The aesthetic aspect of the support is to be considered, with course form but also its color and material.It now finds Built carriers almost all colors, in subjects ranging from simple plastic with brushed steel.They may also be in the form of multispot support, which allow to install 3 or 4 spots on the same support.Another issue not to be overlooked: can you change the bulb directly or you need to “désencastrer” support to access the socket?
The other very important element for a recessed spot is to choose a fixed or adjustable support. For general lighting, the question does not arise, since the spots willilluminatethe room as a whole;they are not supposed to be directed to any element.By cons, for other types of lighting, the question will arise.Do you need to direct your spot to illuminate a specific item, such as a painting on a wall?Or, if your spots are located on top of a work plan, will you need a moment to focus light on a specific point?
The possible power
For your recessed spotlights, you have to choose between sector (230V) and low voltage (12V or 24V).A priori, we said we will first look for a spot that pleases us, and we will then make do with food.Big mistake !For a simple reason: the recessed spotlights are to be built …!Now, with power in 12 or 24V, the installation of a transformer will be mandatory (unless you own a very low voltage circuit in the house).And with recessed ceiling lights will require a transformer spot, or spots block.For general lighting, it is therefore likely to be a bit heavy …
And security level, the stakes are not the same.The low voltage eliminates the risk of electrocution, which is why it will be favored in the bathrooms.But some bulbs running very low voltage (ELV halogen, in particular) very hot.They therefore represent a fire hazard when they are embedded.If you absolutely want to install halogen recessed spotlights TBT, you need to provide a secure facility.
Halogen, compact fluorescent or LED?
Today there are in the market for built-in halogen spots in compact fluorescent (or compact fluorescent), inconventional LED in SMD or bypower LED.Each has its advantages and disadvantages.The choice is often difficult, particularly as LED technology is very different from other light sources, and it is difficult to compare.It is also a new light, under study.We know that the white LEDs have a blue component that can strain your eyes if the bulb is visible.Today, they are accused of being too powerful, and damage the retina if we set the bulb.All these allegations are being investigated, but in the meantime, it is better to avoid the LEDs in children’s rooms and in all places frequented by people with sensitive eyes.It will also avoid all locations where the bulb is visible, especially with power LED.
Choosing a recessed spot is also dictated by ecological and economic factors. LEDs are the champions of low consumption.They reassure the other hand those who do not want to kind of metal mercury in their house.The price is also a decisive argument, and here, the compact fluorescent and halogen spotlights are significantly less expensive than LEDs. However, if the purchase price and the quality of light that dictate your choice, opt unhesitatingly for halogen spots!But then, farewell energy saving …
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