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What is the difference between a downlight and a spotlight? 

What is the difference between a downlight and a spotlight? 

Sometimes it can be difficult to "spot" the difference between spotlights and downlights. With so many different lighting options available on the market today, it’s hard to know which lighting is best suited to your interior and your home.

What are Downlight Used For?

Downlights are designed to set lighting in a downward direction, just where it’s needed. They are usually LED bulbs set in pressed steel or an aluminium can with a decorative bezel. More common finishes are chrome or brushed steel. They’re held to the ceiling with spring clips or compression clips. You can have surface mounted or recessed downlights depending on your preference. With a wide range of lighting colour options to choose from, including cool and warm white, there are plenty of options available.

What are Spotlights Used For?

Spotlights are all about the adjusting. Spot lights offer a spot, or beam of light, which you can adjust and alter depending on where your lighting is needed. They are available as single fittings which can be installed to the ceiling or wall. They can also be available as plates or bars, where a number of spotlight heads are fitted, giving you the option to choose exactly where your lighting is required. Spotlight bars and plates are perfect for lighting up dark corners of rooms or certain objects, as they are easy to adjust and angle directly where the light is desired. 

Downlights project lighting in a downward direction, adding a soft, wide beam light to areas in which it’s required, whilst a spot light offers a beam of light which can be adjusted to almost any direction, allowing you to illuminate one specific area or object.

Full Lighting Range

Our lighting options don't just stop at downlights and spotlights. We have a huge array of lighting available. Everything from table lamps and floor lamps to ceiling lights and light pendants. They also come in a raft of colours and finishes. We have linked to our main ranges below, but please take a look at our full lighting range to see them all.