Downlighters are best used in interconnecting spaces and at door entrances (or, indeed, exits). They are one of the most economical lighting choices, with some even being able to work with LEDs.
The important thing with downlighters is to use them sensibly. The light they produce can be quite intense, and there is a risk of making your living room look like a convention centre if you use too many. Of course if you are designing a convention centre, downlighters are absolutely ideal.
Placing downlighters strategically allows you to draw light to particular areas in a room. This is good if you want to highlight some feature, item of furniture, or artwork.
For precise control, consider having each downlighter operated by an individual switch. This can slightly increase the installation cost, but the benefits more than outweigh this additional cost.
One clever idea is to arrange downlights in a grid across the entire ceiling and have the switches arranged on a corresponding grid. This way you can create a very controlled lighting environment, and even apply special effects to your lighting. To be really elaborate, add dimmer switches for the ultimate level of control.
Some downlighter designs can be inelegant and impersonal, which is why Christopher Wray has intentionally addressed this problem by creating a range of very pleasing and elegant downlighter solutions.
No longer do downlighters have to be boring. Thanks to the innovation in downlighter design by Christopher Wray, the humble downlighter won't necessarily be so humble. These designs are classy and practical, with some even being omnidirectional.
See the full range of downlighters in our online catalogue, or visit our shop at 599 King's Road, Fulham. For unbiased and professional advice on your lighting plans, talk to a Christopher Wray lighting consultant. Our friendly team are experts in lighting and interior decoration, and they'll be only too happy to assist you.