Last updated: August 6, 2021

We can no longer imagine a home without them: Lamps bring light into the darkness of the night and illuminate our rooms bulb by bulb. There is something for every taste. The designs can perfectly underline the furnishings and the choice of light gives the room a special atmosphere.

It is therefore important that you also consider the type of light and how it affects the room. LED ceiling lights can offer you a light that is similar to sunlight in nature. Our editors have taken a closer look at several LED ceiling lights and present their favourites in our LED ceiling light test 2021.




Summary

  • LED ceiling luminaires are suitable for any living situation and impress above all with their long durability and energy efficiency.
  • Full-spectrum LED ceiling lights are a sub-form of ceiling lights and realistically imitate sunlight. As a result, these lamps have a demonstrably positive effect on the ability to concentrate and on general well-being.
  • LED ceiling luminaires do not have a switch-on delay and are dimmable in many cases. Their flicker content is no more than 1 %.

The Best LED Ceiling Light: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an LED ceiling light

For whom is an LED ceiling light suitable?

If you are looking for a lamp that illuminates the room in the best possible way and is energy-efficient and power-saving at the same time, an LED ceiling light is exactly the right choice for you.

LED ceiling lights are basically suitable for any living or office situation, as they create a pleasant atmosphere through their even illumination and prevent headaches and concentration problems. In addition, they are characterised by a significantly longer durability than comparable models.

LED ceiling luminaires are characterised by perfect illumination of the room. At the same time, they are energy-efficient and have a very long service life.(Image source: unsplash.com / Sushan Vohra)

Due to the numerous additional functions and customisation options of LED ceiling lights, you can choose a model that perfectly suits your premises and your requirements.

You can choose between ceiling lights with different outputs and colour temperatures. In addition, you can adjust the brightness of dimmable LED ceiling lights to your liking.

These numerous adjustment options and advantages in use mean that LED ceiling lights are ideally suited for every household and office. And in addition to a pleasant room climate, you even save money due to the energy efficiency.

Did you know that in addition to normal LED ceiling lights, there are also full-spectrum LED daylight lamps?

These lamps imitate sunlight and are therefore particularly pleasant for the eyes. They are also used in the therapy of some diseases. The advantages and disadvantages of these special ceiling lights are presented in the next chapter.

What does an LED ceiling light cost?

LED ceiling lights cost between €25 and €65 on average. The price depends very much on the size and performance of the luminaire. In addition, equipping the LED ceiling light with additional functions usually increases the costs.

If LED ceiling lights are subdivided according to their potential use, the following price ranges result for the lamps in the different situations:

Use price range
Apartment €35 to €135
Office €45 to €150

Of course, the price always depends on where you buy and what quality you expect. Above all, the price range is still open. It is always best to find out which model suits your needs and which additional functions are really worthwhile for you before buying.

What are the alternatives to an LED ceiling light?

There are many alternatives to an LED ceiling light, but they all have their advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, you can use halogen lamps or energy-saving lamps as an alternative to LED lamps. You can see a comparison of these lamps here:

Comparison categories LED Halogen lamp Energy-saving lamp
Description electrical light source that works on the basis of light-emitting diodes special form of incandescent lamp that exploits the tungsten-halogen cycle compact fluorescent lamp that lights up as a result of a gas discharge
Switch-on delay no no yes
Dimmability depending on model yes yes
Energy consumption (rel. to incandescent lamp) 5 - 20 % 60 % 20 %
Lifetime 50,000 hours 2,000 hours 15,000 hours

Compared to the incandescent lamp, the LED lamp performs best. However, if your preferences are for a different light source, the alternative can also deliver satisfactory results.

Of all possible light sources, the LED has the most advantages. In comparison, it scores above all with its energy consumption, which is up to 95% lower than that of an incandescent lamp. Moreover, with 50,000 hours, it has by far the longest service life. (Image source: unsplash.com / Sara Kurfess)

If you are looking for an alternative to the ceiling light and prefer a different type of lighting, the following are possible:

  • Pendant luminaire
  • Wall lamp
  • Floor lamp

With other types of lighting, you must bear in mind that the radiance of the room changes depending on its shape. To illuminate an entire room evenly, a ceiling luminaire is always best.

Decision: What types of LED ceiling luminaires are there and which is the right one for me?

Basically, you can distinguish between two different types of LED ceiling lights: The use of the two different LED ceiling lights has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer and what you want to use the ceiling light for, a different type is suitable for you. In the following section, we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What distinguishes a normal LED ceiling light and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Normal LED ceiling lights are characterised by some advantages and disadvantages. One advantage of LED lights is that they are almost flicker-free and therefore relatively easy on the eyes compared to other light sources. LED ceiling lights are also ideal for enhancing interior design, as they are available in any colour and shape and their light can take on any hue depending on the modification.

In the age of smart home networking, it is also important to emphasise that the majority of LED ceiling lights available today can be networked and controlled via the internet. In general, LED luminaires have the advantage that they clearly outperform comparable lamps in terms of energy efficiency and durability.

Advantages
  • Virtually flicker-free
  • Can assume any colour shade
  • Can be networked and controlled
Disadvantages
  • Poor colour rendering with cheap goods
  • Replacement of used lamps is not possible
  • Partially environmentally harmful production

However, you should be aware that some LED ceiling luminaires may also have disadvantages. For example, the colour rendering of very cheap LED luminaires is often poor, making the lighting appear unnatural.

Furthermore, it is still not possible to replace used lamps. They are disposed of as hazardous waste and cannot be recycled. This is not sustainable, especially in view of the comparatively pollutant-intensive production.

What are the characteristics of a full-spectrum LED daylight lamp and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Full-spectrum LED daylight lamps stand out from the range of LED ceiling lights mainly because of their numerous advantages. These lamps are characterised by a warmth of light that mimics sunlight. As a result, the production of vitamin D is stimulated in the human body and performance increases. This makes full-spectrum daylight lamps demonstrably suitable for the effective treatment of depression.

Moreover, the standard version of full-spectrum lamps is flicker-free. In the dimmable version, the flicker content is no more than 1 %. This makes this type of lamp very gentle on the eyes. In addition, there are of course the general advantages that LED lamps bring with them. Of these, the long durability and energy efficiency are particularly worth mentioning.

Advantages
  • Illumination resembles sunlight
  • Flicker-free in the standard version
  • Promotes concentration and keeps you awake
  • Effective against depression
Disadvantages
  • Can influence the human biorhythm in individual cases
  • Eye irritation possible with prolonged use as a light shower close to the face

One of the few disadvantages of full-spectrum LED daylight lamps is that they can influence the human biorhythm because of the realistic light they emit. This can cause headaches or similar side effects in rare cases. If the lamp is used to treat depression, care should be taken not to hold the device too close to the face for too long, otherwise temporary eye irritation may occur in individual cases.

Another disadvantage of full-spectrum LED daylight lamps is the fact that the reusability of the lamps is still not guaranteed. In addition, lamps for therapy purposes in particular are often very expensive to purchase.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate LED ceiling lights

Before buying an LED ceiling light, there are a number of things to consider. We have summarised the most important buying criteria for you here. These are:

  • Shape and colour
  • Luminous intensity
  • Dimmability
  • Energy efficiency
  • Price-performance ratio

Shape and colour

LED ceiling lights come in every conceivable shape and colour. Depending on whether you are looking for an inconspicuous lamp or a model that makes a statement in your home, you can choose between countless designs. Often, ceiling lamps are sold in white or grey tones with angular or round shapes.

However, there are also numerous models that stand out from the crowd with eye-catching colours, shapes or features. When choosing a shape, you should bear in mind that the radius of the light beam and the luminous intensity and colour may depend on the shape.

Light intensity (brightness)

The brightness of an LED ceiling luminaire is measured in terms of luminous intensity. This is mainly dependent on the number and quality of the diodes and the beam angle of the spot.

In practice, this means that luminaires with a high beam angle illuminate a larger area but are less bright than comparable luminaires with a smaller beam angle and the same power. The unit for the brightness of an LED is lumens per watt.

The brightness of an LED ceiling luminaire is measured in terms of luminous intensity. The unit for the brightness of an LED is lumens per watt. (Image source: unsplash.com / Ashkan Forouzani)

Dimmability

Some models of LED ceiling lights are dimmable. Many buyers appreciate this feature very much, as it allows the light intensity to be adjusted to individual needs. You should note that with dimmability, the flicker of the luminaire can increase up to 1%. This is hardly perceptible to the human eye, but theoretically represents a disturbance of the radiance.

In most cases, the dimming level can be adjusted either by a switch or by a remote control. In conjunction with a smart home system, control via mobile phone app is also conceivable.

Energy efficiency

LED ceiling luminaires are available with different energy efficiency classes. The higher the class (A++ is the best, E the worst), the more energy-efficient the lamp. The following table shows the power consumption of a lamp with 806 lumens and unconcentrated light in relation to the efficiency classes:

power consumption energy efficiency class
up to 7 watts A++
8 to 10 watts A+
11 to 15 watts A
16 to 38 watts B
39 to 51 watts C
52 to 61 watts D
62 watts and above E

The higher the energy efficiency class, the more sustainable the use of the lamp and the more electricity you can save.

Price-performance ratio

We have analysed the price-performance ratio of LED ceiling lights for you. The following table shows the average price range of the luminaires: We included a total of 1527 LED ceiling lights in the analysis, with an average price of €35 to €65 being the result.

For you, this analysis means that it can be worthwhile to look for a suitable luminaire in the middle price segment mentioned. In this price segment, the price-performance ratio is usually the best.

Facts worth knowing about LED ceiling luminaires

How to install an LED ceiling light?

The installation of an LED ceiling light is quite simple and consists of the following steps:

  1. Switch off the power supply at the fuse box
  2. Disconnect and remove old ceiling lamp after voltage check
  3. Remove luster terminals
  4. Connect the cables in the correct colour (black-black etc.)
  5. Check the lamp by switching on the fuse (if it blows again, there is a fault)
  6. Attach cable to cable hook provided (if missing, fit new hook)
  7. Attach lampshade and insert bulb

Please ensure your own safety at all times during installation. If you are unsure, please contact a professional. The current flowing through a lamp can cause serious injury!

How do I repair an LED ceiling light?

As a layman, the only way to "repair" LED ceiling lights is to replace the LED bulb. If faults occur that cannot be repaired in this way, a specialist should always be consulted. However, you should weigh up whether the costs for the electrician are at all worthwhile compared to the costs of a new purchase.

LED ceiling luminaires should always be repaired by a specialist. For amateurs, working with electricity can quickly become dangerous, which is why we advise against it.

LED lamps themselves cannot be repaired because of their complicated manufacture. In this case, the only option is to dispose of them as hazardous waste, as the lamps cannot be recycled either.

Image source: Unsplash.com / Patrick Schneider

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