Choosing to install recessed spotlights in the living room, instead of a suspension or a classic ceiling light , brings a contemporary touch to our interiors. But this decision imposes an important reflection on your installation, generally requires work and raises many hesitations.
Opting for this type of location is an investment that pays off over several years. It is therefore necessary to be attentive to the smallest detail and to provide the right answer to all the questions that may arise. What type of recessed spotlights should you choose? How much power do you need? What type of light source to choose? How many spotlights should be installed to obtain efficient lighting? Follow the guide for a successful installation of recessed spotlights .
CHOOSE THE TYPE OF RECESSED SPOTLIGHTS
The first step is to determine the type of spotlights needed to meet your lighting needs while still being able to create the mood you want in your room. The luminous efficiency will indeed depend on the recessed spotlights you have chosen. There are different types: high voltage halogen, very low voltage halogen or integrated LED spotlights. Let's examine them in more detail.
VERY LOW VOLTAGE HALOGEN DOWNLIGHTS
Very low voltage spotlights , 12 V, have a longer life. They are more discreet, because their body is inserted into the ceiling. For safety reasons, a transformer is essential, not to be installed too close to your spot. Also pay attention to the heat it produces.
COMPACT FLUORESCENT RECESSED SPOTLIGHTS
Fluocompact recessed spotlights consume little energy and heat up little, but they take a little longer to light up. A note that may be important: they are not afraid of humidity.
LED recessed spotlights have the particularity that they hardly protrude from the false ceiling in which you are going to insert them. They will therefore be useful for a small space, above a piece of furniture for example, or to provide you with a starry sky atmosphere. The bulbs of the LED downlights also have an extremely long lifespan , are environmentally friendly , and do not consume a lot of electricity. Their use is therefore ideal for saving money in the long term, even if they are more expensive to buy. With an LED downlight, you are investing for around 30 years.
CHOOSE BETWEEN RECESSED AND SURFACE-MOUNTED SPOTLIGHTS
Take this essential point into account: you will be forced to install your recessed spotlights in a false ceiling, which may already exist or will have to be created. If you do not want this, you will be forced to install a system of projecting spotlights.
You will need to provide a minimum distance between the ceiling and the false ceiling of about 10 cm for high or low voltage spotlights, and a minimum gap of 50 cm between your spotlights and all flammable materials in order to avoid a risk of overheated. However, there are solutions to avoid contact between your spotlights and insulation in the false ceiling.
Also be aware that some LED spotlights ultra thin can fit into a much smaller false ceiling, of only about 4 or 5 cm. This can be a good option if your ceiling height is relatively low.
OPT FOR A DECORATIVE INSTALLATION OF SPOTLIGHTS
We do not recommend a too rectilinear distribution of your spots to avoid an airport or hospital lobby type effect. So make sure that there is no too rigid grid of your ceiling. To energize the lighting and the ceiling, you can create well-distributed zones according to the future layout of your living room. For example, you can draw a rectangle of spotlights above your dining table, another above the living room area, and a third above the television area to mark these spaces. You also have the option of aligning a row of spotlights on the traffic areas of your room. Place your spotlights so that they shine in front of your sofa or chairs rather than behind or directly above them.
VALIDATE THE PLACEMENT OF THE SPOTS
Last step of your preparation, the phase of the layout plan with the furniture is essential to adjust the locations of the spotlights on the ceiling. On the plan you are developing for the room, do not hesitate to represent everything with different colored dots. You will thus materialize the future locations of spotlights and furniture and check the consistency of your installation. You will be sure that you take into account your living spaces.
Check again that your spots will not be too far from each other, to avoid shadows, and that everything will comply with your lighting wishes in your living room. Then, after having validated all these steps, you can finally tackle the drilling work and the installation of your recessed spotlights.