As we approach the time where the evenings are drawing in, many of us start to pay more attention to the lighting in our homes.
Downlights are a popular and attractive way to brighten up your home. However, poorly installed downlights are also the cause of a substantial number of fires in homes every year.
Also known as “recessed luminaries”, "spotlights" or Recessed Lighting" they are essentially light fixtures installed in hollow openings, usually ceilings. By installing them into these recesses, the light looks as if it is part of the ceiling instead of hanging down as a separate entity.
When a hole is cut into a ceiling to mount a recessed downlight, a potential fire hazard is created. This is why it is recommended that you always use a registered electrician to install any downlights.
So, can you get different types of downlights?
Yes you can.
Downlights operate at mains voltage (230 Volts) or are powered by a transformer at extra-low voltage (12 Volts).
Extra-low voltage (ELV) downlights are often described as "low voltage" or “safety extra low voltage” (SELV).