Dimmable LED downlights are the perfect lighting solution that enables your home to become more energy-efficient because you'll have the ability to control the brightness level of your lights. Having a fixture like this will enable you to save on your electricity consumption, especially if constantly bright lights are... Read More
Dimmable LED downlights are the perfect lighting solution that enables your home to become more energy-efficient because you'll have the ability to control the brightness level of your lights. Having a fixture like this will enable you to save on your electricity consumption, especially if constantly bright lights are unnecessary.
These dimmable LED downlights (whether they be recessed downlights that have a fire rating or not) will give you the freedom to customise the atmosphere of your home to suit your mood or any occasion that you’re celebrating. During romantic date nights, dim your lights for a cosy and relaxing ambience. On the other hand, when you’re rushing to get ready for work on a dark morning, turn the brightness up so you’ll have a good view of your surroundings.
Can I Install a Dimmable LED GU10 Downlight in Any Part of the House?
Planning and strategising is the key to achieving the perfect, practical lighting setup. It would be best to remember this because not every part of your home will benefit from dimmable LED downlights. So, you need to think about the purpose of each room and how much illumination is necessary to achieve the intent of the space.
These lights are typically used in areas you relax, like the living room and the bedroom. They are also common in the bathroom (IP65 rated) because they allow you to enjoy a relaxing bubble bath without dealing with an extremely bright light overhead.
Dimmable downlights are generally unnecessary for task-oriented places, like the home office, where you need sufficient lighting to avoid having to strain your eyes. It's a great idea to use this type of light in children's bedrooms too as they can turn up the brightness when they need to focus on their homework but you can dim them when they need to start winding down for bed.
Apart from relaxation areas, you can also install your dimmable downlights in areas where you have magnificent ornaments or pieces that you want to make a statement of. If you set the brightness of the downlights shining on your prized painting brighter than the rest of the space, it will draw people's attention without being too obvious.
How do Dimmable Downlights Work?
Dimmable downlights need an LED compatible dimmer and a dimmable driver (if necessary) to smoothly transition from bright to dim without any flickering. If you're looking for a more technical and scientific explanation, here's what you need to know.
A dimmable LED downlight does not work by decreasing and increasing the voltage. Whatever you do, dim or brighten, your lights will either be on or off with the same voltage and current level as if it's operating to produce their full light output. Instead of voltage regulation, your dimmable LED downlights create a dimming effect either through pulse width modulation or analogue dimming.
- Pulse-width-modulation – it works by switching the LED on and off at a very high speed that is not visible to the human eye. This method swiftly changes the precise amount of current the LED requires to zero.
- Analogue dimming – it works by regulating the current flowing through the LED light to reduce its brightness. With this, the efficiency (brightness) of your lights increases when run with a lower current.
Do Downlights Always Require Dimmable LED Bulbs?
Your dimmable LED downlights will still work even with standard bulbs, no matter the colour temperature. However, if you hook them up to a dimmer switch and it's not at the 100% brightness level, you'll end up with flickering lights, which can kill your bulb, and trigger headaches, migraines, and stress. So, before you get your bulbs, if you want to have flicker-free dimmable lights, get a dimmable bulb and make sure that your dimmers are LED compatible.
Are all LED Downlights Dimmable?
Whilst shopping for dimmable LED downlights, it is worth noting that not all LED light bulbs are dimmable. As a result of this, all of the dimmable LED downlights that we offer provide dimmable LED bulbs which will allow you to dim the lights to your liking. For instance, one of the GU10 light bulbs that we offer is the 6.5w GU10 dimmable light bulb.