There are several types of downlight bulbs. These include the traditional incandescent bulbs, the compact fluorescent lights (CFL), halogen bulbs and the LED downlight bulbs. The incandescent bulbs have a bright light though they are easily overshadowed in all aspects by other kinds. They are also very inefficient. The CFL bulbs are more energy efficient compared to the incandescent bulbs and also have a brighter light. However, their elongated shape makes them unfit in certain situations. They also contain mercury which is harmful to human health. Halogen bulbs are the brightest of all, they are also very compact. However, they emit a lot of heat making them a fire risk and are also inefficient in terms of energy consumption. LED downlights are the best currently out there. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are unparalleled in energy efficiency and guarantee great savings . This kind of downlights requires very little amounts of energy for lighting. This enables savings of about 70% of the usual amount needed when using other lighting lamps. You can therefore reduce the electricity bills. They also emit very little heat therefore you will not have to use fans to cool the room thereby saving on energy use.
There are Two type of LED downlight — Recessed downlights and Surface Mounted downlights. Recessed downlights are fitted into a space inside the ceiling, also called High Hats. Some High Hats direct light towards the wall and these fixtures are called wall washers. Wall washers are usually used to light objects on or along the wall such as paintings, tapestries, bookcases, draperies and other window treatments. Another type of downlight, which is a very specialized type of a ceiling fixture, is the Focusing Lens Projector. This is specially used to highlight paintings, sculpture, vases or other works of art. You have a choice between either floodlamps or spotlamps with your recessed downlights. While a floodlamp casts a broad beam, a spotlamp casts a narrow beam of light. Surface Mounted Downlights are easier to install than recessed mounted downlights since no cutting of the ceiling is required. Surface mounted downlights do not disappear into the ceiling. Matching the color of the surface mounted downlights with the color of the ceiling will achieve a unified look.
As well as being simple to apply and attach, a great benefit of using a LED downlight comes in the fact that they use a much lower level of energy when compared to the normal lights that would be used at home or in the working environment.