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Ceiling spotlight

The ceiling spotlight is one of these all-purpose indoor lighting fixtures. Its small size, its ease of installation, not to mention its many designs have allowed it to gain its reputation over time in a modern and warm interior design. Zoom in on the ceiling light!

Why install the ceiling spotlight in your home?

The ceiling spot is one of these versatile luminaires capable of delivering a large amount of light. Its beam is focused on a particular area without crushing the room. In spite of these practical features, it is economical, especially if you rely on ceiling LED spotlight. In addition, it is adaptable and easy to use in any room of the house on a daily basis. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the advantages of this lighting fixture:

It virtually increases space

In a studio or small apartment, the spot ceiling will virtually amplify the space. If you have a floor lamp that takes up space, why not, for example, exchange it for a recessed spotlight with several directional heads or a false ceiling spotlight? Made of steel, industrial style, box ceiling style, this light will bring a new dimension to your indoor space.

Fix a spotlight to the ceiling

It saves space

Installing a ceiling spotlight saves space! If you are in the middle of a renovation, this light fixture will, as its name suggests, be fixed in height. Think of LED ceiling recessed spotlight to add a modern and chic touch to your interior decoration.

It can be used as main lighting, mood lighting or task lighting!

In the living room, the spotlight ceiling will serve as mood lighting, placed above a particular piece of furniture, an office, etc..

In the dining room, it can be used as main lighting, provided that several are installed and that the recommended distances are respected.

In the bathroom, it will serve as task lighting, installed around or above the mirror. Recessed, it will be used to light the shower, taking care to respect safety standards.

Where to place the ceiling spotlight in the house?

A few examples...

To illuminate the staircase: economical both in money and energy, the ceiling spot is the perfect light for the staircase. At night, it will allow everyone to go up and down safely.

As a work lamp: with a ceiling spotlight, no more need to clutter up your workspace! Check out the different models of ceiling recessed LED spotlight on our store to find the one that will give your office a modern and contemporary look!

In the kitchen: how to cook properly if the lighting leaves something to be desired? By efficiently organizing the layout of the kitchen ceiling spotlight, you will gain in efficiency.

What about outside?

As an aside, the spotlight is also an outdoor luminaire!

For outdoor lighting: think about fixing each recessed outdoor ceiling spotlight strategically to transform your space into a pleasant and welcoming place that makes you want to spend time there.

As a safety lamp: the ceiling spot is one of these luminaires that can be adapted to almost any circumstances! Make it a safety lamp, which will keep out any undesirable elements in your outdoor space!

Important: for optimal outdoor use, a ceiling spotlight must be installed that meets the sealing standards for solid and liquid bodies (Protection Index (IP)). Read our full article on IP to learn more about it!

How many ceiling spotlights per square meter?

The NF EN 12464-1 standard determines the luminous flux per m². This depends essentially on the nature of the room to be illuminated. Note that this luminous flux can be expressed either in lux or in lumens (Lm). In addition, the number of LED ceiling lights varies depending on whether it is a residential or a professional area.

For a home

It takes about 50 lux to light a small hallway or closet, compared to 100 lux for rest areas, stairs, hallways, garages, lobbies, toilets or basements.

As for the rooms, count from 100 to 200 lux to obtain an optimal luminosity.

Dining rooms, washrooms, living rooms and laundry rooms require a minimum of 200 lux for adequate lighting.

This flux must exceed 300 lux if you wish to light an office, a library, a work area, for example, for ironing or DIY, a reading corner or the kitchen.

If you plan to install a ceiling fixture above your kitchen countertop or above the bathroom mirror, you should choose a bathroom spotlight model that delivers a luminous flux between 300 and 500 lux.

For a professional space

The ceiling spotlight is ideal for professional spaces, for example, to illuminate the entrance hall, rest room, traffic areas, corridors, store and warehouse. These areas must have a minimum luminous flux of 100 lux.

For carpets and escalators, loading docks or stairs, you will need at least 150 lux.

This value increases to 200 lux for canteens, changing rooms, archive rooms and sanitary facilities, and even to 300 lux for reception, packing, handling or shipping areas.

For conference or meeting rooms, the luminous flux should be between 300 and 500 lux.

Finally, workstations, treatment rooms and infirmaries must be illuminated by luminaires with a minimum of 500 lux.

Convert the number of lux to lumen

The lux/lumen conversion is relatively simple:

A light source of 300 lumens that distributes its light over an area of 1 m² illuminates this surface with 300 lux. These 300 lumens spread over 10 m² illuminate this surface with 30 lux.

Want to know more about it? Our article "How to determine the necessary quantity of lumens per m² for optimal lighting" tells you more!

How to know the number of LED ceiling spotlight per square meter

Prepare your purchase on our online store by calculating the number of ceiling spots to be installed.

Here are three methods with practical cases:

By the number of lumens for a specific room :

To light a corridor that is 8 m² with a brightness of 120 lux (100 lux minimum) with bulbs delivering 380 lumens.

1) The formula to be used is: total lumens = lux X m².

120 X 8 = 960 lumens, necessary to illuminate this corridor in an optimal way.

2) As for the bulbs, they must be in sufficient quantity to distribute the 960 lumens.

960 (lumens required) /380 (number of lumens delivered by each bulb) = 2.52 spots.

In short, you need at least 3 ceiling spots.

By the number of m² that the bulb will be able to illuminate :

To light a kitchen that is 12 m² with a brightness of 340 lux with bulbs delivering 380 lumens. (According to the NF EN 12464-1 standard, a luminosity higher than 300 lux is required for this part of the house). The formula to be used is: m² = lumen/lux

The calculation: 380 / 340 = 1.11.

Here, the kitchen ceiling spot equipped with this 380 lumens bulb will light up 1 m² of this room.

In order to calculate the number of lamps needed to illuminate this room, divide the kitchen area by the result obtained above :

12 / 1 = 12 spotlights for an optimal lighting of your kitchen.

By the need of lamps for the room :

To illuminate :

- A 10 m² bathroom (according to the NF EN 12464-1 standard, a light flux of at least 200 lux is required per ceiling spotlight).

- You plan to install 4 spotlights ceiling bathroom

- The bulbs (whose references you have) each deliver 380 lumens.

The formula to use : Lumen X number of bulbs/m² = lux/m².

Calculation: 380 x 4 / 10 = 152 lux/m².

This result is much lower than the 200 lux/m² recommended by the standard. In order to respect this rule, you can either opt for a more powerful bulb or increase the number of your ceiling lights.

Good to know

The description of each light bulb available on our online store indicates the "luminous flux"!

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