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How to Choose the Best Downlights for Your Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide for 2023

How to Choose the Best Downlights for Your Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide for 2023


There’s no better time to improve your kitchen lighting than right now. After all, it’s one of the most essential rooms in your home! It’s where you clean, prepare food and enjoy meals with family and friends. 

So if you’re sick of your dimly lit, less-than-ideal lighting situation, maybe it’s time to switch your overhead lamps for LED downlights. Downlights are a staple of contemporary kitchens because of their sleek, clean finish. 

Despite their minimalist appearance, downlights still create a warming, inviting atmosphere. 

But if you don’t know how to choose the best downlights for your kitchen, we’re here to help. Stay with Light Supplier as we take you through the ultimate guide for choosing kitchen downlights.

What are downlights?

Before we start, let’s clear up the term ‘downlights’. 

Downlights are light fixtures installed in a ceiling, directing light downwards. They are also known as recessed, pot, or can lights. Most products consist of a housing, a bulb, and a trim, which covers the housing and provides a clean and polished look.

You can integrate these diverse fixtures into any room’s lighting plans. Install them on top of your bedside cabinets for ambience, pop them inside your clothing cupboards for better visibility or place them underneath your kitchen cabinets for maximum countertop safety.

How do I choose the right downlights?

Now that we know exactly what fixtures we’re looking at, how do we choose the right ones for your kitchen? Selecting the perfect product will come down to several factors, many of which will be specific to the design and layout of your home. 

Before settling on a quantity, first, answer the following questions.

1. How tall is your ceiling?

When purchasing recessed lighting, the height of your ceiling is a factor many need to consider.
If you have a low ceiling, choosing downlights with shallower housing will ensure they fit seamlessly into your ceiling without creating a bulky appearance. You can use recessed downlights like the Hafele Loox LED L-3 Ceiling Light Fitting for a flush look that won’t take up too much space. 

However, you can choose downlights with deeper housing for high ceilings to provide better illumination and a more attractive look. Models like the Quartz-4CT 7W LED Fixed Fire Rated IP65 Ceiling Downlight have larger housing but are beautifully modern and have full dimming capabilities.

2. What colour temperature should you choose?

How do you want your kitchen to feel? Bright, energising? Do you want it to be a place that makes you and your guests feel alert? Opt for downlights with colour temperatures on the cooler end of the spectrum. 
Lights with a colour temperature over 5000k are considered cool, like the LED Ultra Slim Striplights, available in 6000k. They create a more task-orientated environment, whereas warm colour temperatures (around 2700-3000k) evoke a comforting atmosphere. 
Pick products like the Rimini Touch On/Off Recessed Under Cabinet LED Downlights to light up your kitchen dining area with relaxing, warm white downlights, available in 3000k.


3. What trim style should you choose?

Do you own a period or more modern home? Trim style can play a big part in the overall look of your kitchen lighting plan. If the traditional look is more up your alley, choose downlights like the Polaris COB Connect Recessed LED Cabinet Lighting.
Their simplistic, stainless steel body will blend well with any decor and light up your home with natural white light. Contemporary homes may use more angular shapes for a clean, defined look. 

The GX53 LED Under Cabinet Triangle Light is a perfect example, with a simple yet unique triangular design to keep things simple while generating aesthetic interest.


4. What is your lighting density?

Lighting density refers to the number of watts per square foot in a room.
Many agree that one fixture per square metre will illuminate any kitchen sufficiently. However, many factors can impact this, including your current colour scheme, kitchen size, and countertops or islands' reflectivity. 
You may require fewer downlights if your kitchen comprises lighter, white and neutral colours. Darker cabinets will absorb more of your LED’s light, meaning you may need to invest in more downlights to improve the functionality of your kitchen.


What are the best downlights to use in a kitchen?

With all these considerations in mind, what are the best downlights to incorporate into your kitchen? Our main recommendation is that you select downlights with highly efficient LED technology.

Energy Efficient LED Downlights

LED downlights are taking over the market, and it’s plain to see why. Their innovative technology far outweighs traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs, boasting an increased average lifespan of 50,000 hours (or ten years following your purchase!)

This means that once your downlights are securely installed, you won’t need to worry about replacing them for years to come. They utilise energy more efficiently than incandescent or halogen bulbs, emitting significantly less heat and, in turn, reducing your energy consumption. 

Relying on LED technology can reduce your monthly bills, which, in the current energy crisis, is something all households could benefit from. At the same time, using LEDs will minimise your carbon footprint by consuming less energy and lasting longer.

Choose Light Supplier for the Best Kitchen Downlights!

Once you find the answers to these questions, your quest for the best kitchen downlights will be quick and easy. 

Considering your kitchen’s dimensions, atmosphere, decor and main purposes will narrow your search and simplify your journey towards a more sustainable, aesthetically pleasing kitchen. 

At Light Supplier, we’ve compiled the finest industry-leading LED Downlights in one convenient location. We offer countless LED Spotlights and LED Kitchen Lighting ideas to complement any home, contemporary or traditional. 

Start your renovation on the right foot with Light Supplier at your side. If you have any questions or inquiries about our LED Downlights, contact us, and we’ll be happy to join your journey.

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