Spotlights can be used inside or outside the home. Inside, they may be wall, or more commonly, ceiling mounted. They may be used individually or in a group, mounted to a linear track or a plate, which is usually circular.
Depending on the style, spotlights can provide general ambient lighting, or accent or task lighting. As ambient lights, spotlights can be directed downwards, or, from a distance, towards a wall to provide a general wash of light. As accent lights, they can be positioned to highlight specific areas or draw attention to architectural or other features, such as artworks.
Kitchens are one of the most popular placements for spotlights, where they can provide general ambient light, but also direct task light where it is needed, such as over a sink, hob or over work surfaces used for food preparation. Spotlights can be used in any location within the home, from hallways to bedrooms or bathrooms. In a bedroom they can illuminate a closet, or in a hallway be placed to highlight artwork or photographs.
There are many styles of spotlight to choose from. Spotlight fixtures are often adjustable, so that the direction of the beam can be changed as needed. Multiple spotlights fixed to one track or plate can be individually altered, giving a good spread of light coverage from just one fixture. Spotlights are particularly versatile, as they can be updated should the room usage or layout change. They tend to sit close to the ceiling, either directly ceiling mounted or fixed to a track slightly below the ceiling level, although there are options which hang lower for high or vaulted ceilings. Some wall mounted spotlights are up and down lights, meaning they direct light both upwards and downwards from the fixture.
Spotlights are available in a wide range of styles and finishes to suit your decor. Some of the most popular finishes are white, black and chrome, but there are many others to suit all interior styles. Spotlights are often simple in design, with sleek cylinders or other clean shapes, making them ideal for modern and minimal or industrial style interiors, although more decorative options are available.
Spotlights are often dimmable, giving flexibility to adjust the ambience as required. You may want to have bright, clear light in the kitchen when cooking but soften the light to eat at a kitchen island. Another consideration with indoor spotlights is the beam angle, which determines how narrowly or widely light from the fitting is spread, from a narrow beam to a wide and general wash of light.
LEDs are a popular choice for spotlights as they provide a very high quality of light, with excellent colour rendering. Their long lifespan minimises the need for replacement and maintenance. Another benefit of LEDs is that they allow you to choose your preferred colour temperature, from a warm colour temperature of around 3000K, which creates a soft, warm and cosy ambience, to a cool colour temperature around 5000K, which is closer to natural daylight and provides bright, white light.