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Ceiling spotlights illuminate spacious rooms and are available in many designs. They can be mounted on a rod or recessed directly into the ceiling with spots. There are hardly any limits to your own design ideas. There are differences in ceiling spotlights, for example in the materials used.

Energy efficiency also plays a role. Rooms such as bathrooms have special requirements; here, for example, you have to pay attention to splash resistance. For our product comparison, we have selected various products to show you the most important aspects when buying ceiling spots.




Summary

  • Ceiling spotlights distribute light effectively. A distinction is made between ceiling spotlights with a frame and recessed spots.
  • Important purchase criteria are the material of the ceiling spotlights, their colour and the illuminant used.
  • Ceiling spotlights are available in different price ranges and designs. They can be purchased individually for a room.

The Best Ceiling Spotlight: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for ceiling spotlights

To find the perfect ceiling spotlight for your home, we have worked out the most important buying criteria. These criteria should help you to make your own selection.

The criteria for finding the right ceiling spotlight look like this:

So that you know exactly which purchase criteria are important for you, we have formulated them:

Number of ceiling spotlights

The number of ceiling spotlights cannot be calculated schematically according to square metres. It depends on various factors. For example, whether the lighting is general lighting. This is brighter by default than atmospheric lighting. Also, areas such as the kitchen or dining room need to be illuminated more brightly than the hallway.

In principle, luminous intensity is calculated in lumens. For strongly lit rooms such as the kitchen, 250-300 lm/m² can be assumed. For the living room, the figure is around 100 lm/m². Other lighting and the light cones of the ceiling spotlights also play a role in this calculation.

Types of ceiling spotlights

In the case of ceiling spotlights, a distinction can be made between recessed spots and ceiling spotlights with a frame. Recessed spotlights are recessed directly into the ceiling with so-called LED spots. They require a certain cavity depth, which can vary from 30mm to 75mm or more. The advantage of these recessed spotlights is that the light can be directed specifically.

The ceiling spotlights on the frame, on the other hand, are usually fixed in position. However, they can often be swivelled, which allows a certain amount of leeway in lighting.

Materials and designs

Most recessed spotlights are made of aluminium or metal. In the case of ceiling spotlights with a frame, there are also spotlights made of glass or alloy steel. In terms of design, recessed spotlights are usually rather plain because they are recessed directly into the ceiling. In contrast, ceiling spotlights on frames can be purchased in a wide variety of designs.

Energy efficiency

Most modern ceiling spotlights are no longer operated with halogen lamps but with LED lamps. These are usually much more energy-efficient and powerful. The LED ceiling spots we compared were generally between energy efficiency classes A+ and A++.

Light colours

Light colours are distinguished by their colour temperature. This is measured in Kelvin. The higher the Kelvin value, the colder or bluish the light is perceived. Between 2700-3000 K we speak of extra warm white. From 2700-3300 K, the light is warm white, between 3300 K and 5300 K it is neutral or cool white and from >5300 K it is daylight white.

Switching on and off

The switch-on and switch-off techniques for ceiling spotlights are relatively diverse. Recessed spotlights are usually connected in series and fitted with a changeover switch. This means that all recessed spotlights go on when the switch is pressed. But the technology is much more advanced.

In addition, there are switches that can dim the light by means of a rotary switch. There are also switches for ceiling luminaires that can be operated with a twilight circuit or an acoustic signal. One method that is becoming increasingly popular is operating the switch via app on the smartphone.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about ceiling spotlights answered in detail

In the following, we answer the most frequently asked questions about ceiling spotlights. Hopefully, we can give you a deeper insight into the topic.

What is a ceiling spotlight?

A ceiling spotlight is always used when a lamp is mounted directly on the ceiling. A distinction is made between recessed spotlights, which are recessed directly into the ceiling with the help of so-called spots, and ceiling spotlights on frames. In the case of LED spots, a distinction is made between permanently installed and replaceable light sources.

Recessed spotlights are practical because they can be positioned anywhere in the room to provide optimal lighting. Compared to regular lighting fixtures, ceiling spotlights have the advantage that they provide wide-ranging light distribution. This can be achieved either by direct or indirect lighting.

Furthermore, ceiling spotlights are available in a wide variety of shapes and functions. Many ceiling spotlights can be freely swivelled and allow lighting to be adjusted. This is done either manually or via remote control / app. Compared to the rather simple recessed spotlights, ceiling spotlights on rods allow for more unusual designs.

Can I retrofit ceiling spotlights with LEDs?

The question here is whether you want to keep your old lamp or buy a new one. If the former is the case, it depends on the socket of the halogen lamp. E14, E27 or GU10 sockets can usually be replaced with energy-saving LEDs. It is only important that you take a closer look at your new LED lamp.

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LED lamps are more energy-efficient than halogen lamps. That's why it's worth upgrading to the newer models. (Image source: Slightly_different/ Pixabay)

This is because LED lamps have other options than the more power-hungry halogen lamps. For example, they can be dimmed and have individual colour temperatures. Ideally, you should choose an LED whose lumen value corresponds to the watt unit of your former halogen lamp. LEDs are calculated in lumens, not in watts.

Alternatively, you can think about buying recessed spotlights with LED lights already integrated. These often have a small cavity depth and are characterised by their durability.

What does a ceiling spotlight cost?

The price of a ceiling spotlight depends especially on the material and design used. Since LED light sources are usually of comparable quality and energy efficiency, optics are the decisive factor. Ceiling spotlights that are attached to a rod or board made of wood or concrete usually cost more than those that hang on a simple metal rod.

Additional costs arise from technical extras such as the swivelling capability of the spotlight, dimmability and the ability to integrate into a smart home.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (13.99 - 30€) Mostly few luminaires, simple look, simple material
Medium-priced (39 - 89€) Alternative materials, multiple and swivelling luminaires, various light colours
High-priced (from 100€) Mostly noble designs, high-quality materials, possibility for integration in Smart Home systems

However, the product comparison shows that you can also get fancy designs such as the retro look from a medium price. There were also large price fluctuations between the ceiling spotlights we tested. This is despite the fact that the more technically unusual features were not necessarily always found in the most expensive products.

Conclusion

Ceiling spotlights are suitable for uniform and complete illumination of the home. Both recessed spotlights and ceiling spotlights with tracks have individual advantages and disadvantages. If you want a chic design for your ceiling light, you may have to resort to somewhat more expensive materials. There is a wide selection here, from metal to glass.

When deciding on the number and mounting of luminaires, you should always be clear about the room you want to illuminate. Other factors such as light colour, the number of luminaire elements and energy efficiency also play a role in the purchase decision.

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