The downlight selection process can be a difficult procedure; choosing which finish you want should be the easiest decision to make. It doesn’t involve any real technical thought as it is purely based on aesthetics. You want to choose the best finish that matches the environment they’re being installed in.
The best way to choose the right downlights for your project is to narrow down the options that are available to you. If you already know what your selection criteria is in terms of cut out sizes and other specifications this can be done by using the filters that are positioned down the right hand side of our website. One of these filters is for the finish.
If you already know which finish you want you quickly narrow down your search to choose you all of the downlights that are available in that finish. This is going to be less helpful to you if you have chosen a more popular finish such as white, polished chrome or brushed steel.
Almost every downlight we offer is available in these finishes, sometimes exclusively in these finishes. If you want a more obscure finish like antique brass or matt black for example you can reduce your selection down to just a few.
Choosing the Right Finish
Choosing the finish for your downlights is just like choosing the colour of your wall paper or style of furniture, it’s your room and your decision. This is unless you’ve hired a interior designer. However, drawing from our vast experience as the UK’s leading downlights retailer, here are some basic things to consider that can help you with the selection process:
- White or matt white downlights match the colour of most ceilings and blend less noticeably into the ceiling space. This is a particular advantage in the daytime, when the lights are not in use, white downlights will appear less visible especially the EcoLED ZEP1 downlight which also has a diffused glass front - this is a personal favourite of ours.
- If you want an even more minimal appearance then taking this a step further you could opt for plaster-in downlights which have a ceramic finish. This trim-less effect literally becomes part of your ceiling. This design has no bezel as it’s gets plastered around allowing for a much smaller hole size appearance of around 50mm. Just enough for the light to shine through.
- Satin chrome downlights provide a more contemporary effect and can be used to match up with other fixtures, light switches, power sockets, door handles or furnishings within the room. This is the same for other finishes like antique brass or black nickel. Your downlights can become a feature of the room and matching them with other accessories can make a room look stunning. There are many variations of satin chrome finishes, some are slightly lighter like satin nickel or darker like brushed nickel but some manufacturers just choose to name things differently.
- Polished chrome downlights are our #1 choice for bathrooms. It is much easier to match this finish with taps, towel rails and other bathroom accessories. Trying to match other finishes like brushed steel can be very difficult as brushed steel taps would be much more expensive and may have to be made to order.
The Finishes We Offer
As you can see we offer many different finishes but did you know that you can paint some of these bezels yourself? If you select one of the matt bezel finishes for the Halers H2 Pro for example you can paint them to whatever colour you want. Alternatively we can supply some downlights specially painted to any RAL colour you like. Please contact us for further information and prices or CLICK HERE to view our extensive range of premium quality downlights.