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winkywinkola Mon 19-Oct-15 18:47:24

I would rather spot lights in our sitting room, hall and landing. With a dimmer switch.

We reckon we will need about 21 lights fitted. Through the ceiling too so it'll be a replastering and paint job too.

Is this going to be shockingly expensive do you think?

brumeye Mon 19-Oct-15 23:06:29

Cost depends on what fittings you're using and how easy access is. If the floorboards above can be taken up fairly easily that won't be so bad (and no replastering/painting needed, they can just punch holes in the existing ceiling).

Decent quality fittings (eg Aurora M10 fixed led downlights) will cost about £25 each. Count on at least the same again to install if access is fairly straightforward.

Consider whether you really want downlights in a lounge. We've just had a load installed in our kitchen diner and it works well there, but downlights can never give a completely uniform light (there will always be some areas in shadow). In our lounge extension we went for spotlights aimed upwards at vaulted ceiling, combined with a tall lamp, which give a much nicer diffuse light for a living area.

EarSlaps Mon 19-Oct-15 23:11:41

If you do decide on spotlights then get mains voltage LEDs. You will need to get a dimmer that is compatible, but it's worth the initial extra cost as it will save you a fortune in electricity.

I would agree that they are not really right for a lounge- too stark, even dimmed. Great for kitchens and halls though.

PigletJohn Mon 19-Oct-15 23:21:41

Why do you want a dim room with puddles of bright light?

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