Both recessed spotlights and battens are popular types of lighting in many homes, and this is for several reasons. Firstly, both types of lighting are discrete solutions, since they blend in with the ceiling and are thus not conspicuous. They are also versatile, and can be installed in places where other types of lighting might be cumbersome to install. Recessed spotlights can be used throughout the house – in the kitchen, bathroom, corridor, hallway and outdoors. Battens are mainly used in spaces where there is a need for powerful general lighting, like in the kitchen, garage, basement and so on.
When you cook, good functional lighting is important so that you can see what you are doing. It is therefore a good idea to place recessed spotlights in your kitchen ceiling in order to achieve good general lighting. We recommend choosing downlights with a large range to distribute the light over a wide area. It is also a good idea to make sure that there is particularly good light by the sink and the countertop where the food is prepared. Downlights must be placed far enough in over the countertop so that your body does not cast shadows. It may also be advantageous to choose adjustable recessed downlights in the kitchen so that they can be angled in the direction needed. It is also a good idea to mount recessed downlights, mounted downlights or battens underneath kitchen cabinets or shelves, as this provides good, direct working light. For this, we can recommend the Renton.
A hallway is often the first room of the home that guests see. Most people want it to be bright and welcoming so that guests are given a good first impression of the home. It should also be easy to find your keys and wallet when you are heading out of the door. But hallways and corridors are often confined spaces without windows, which makes good lighting particular important here. An optimal solution is therefore our recessed downlights, as they create good general lighting from above and do not take up extra space like a pendant would. For this, we can recommend Carina, Fallon and Clarkson.
The bathroom is where you must be most careful when dealing with electrical installations, as electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. Therefore, not all types of lights can be installed near the shower or bathtub. Some very specific requirements apply to the light’s water resistance, depending on where in the bathroom it is placed. In this context it is important to know the different zones of the bathroom, as well as to pay attention to the light’s IP rating. IP means International Protection and tells you how resistant the light is to substances such as dust, solid objects and water. You can read more about this here.
Battens are often used in larger spaces like the garage, carport, basement, shed, workshop or tool shed. These spaces often lack natural daylight, but at the same time require good lighting. Here, battens are a good and inexpensive solution that provides a wide angle of light without excessive cost. When choosing lighting for a garage, you must also remember to check the IP rating of your light, as there can often be dust and moisture in a garage. For this, we recommended both Works and Oakland.
As well as creating good lighting in the many rooms of the home, recessed spotlights and battens can also be used to provide security outside of the house. Outdoor lighting makes it possible to orient yourself in the dark, as well as providing a warm and friendly welcome to guests or for when you get home from work. Outdoor downlights are an especially popular option because they are both subtle and powerful. When choosing lights for outdoor use, it is also important to be aware of their IP rating. Recessed downlights that have been approved for outdoor installation can be set up in a carport or under the eaves of the house, for example. Lights such as Mixit Pro and Tip are good examples of ones that are ideal for outdoor use.
Wherever you need recessed downlights or battens, it might be nice to be able to adjust the light according to the situation and your needs. In the kitchen, for example, you need good work light while you’re cooking, but you might prefer more atmospheric, cosy light during dinner. That’s why a dimmer might be a good idea. You just have to ensure that the dimmer is suitable for the LED products. It is also possible to dim the lights without using a dimmer – our MoodMaker concept works with ordinary sockets. Read more about MoodMaker and see the range here.