Ceiling Spots: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big ceiling floodlight test 2020, where we present you all ceiling floodlights that we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best ceiling spotlight for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. On this page you will also find some important information that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a ceiling lamp.

The most important facts in brief

  • Ceiling spots are a popular way to illuminate a room. The advantage of ceiling spots is that the loss of light is very low, because the light can be distributed in the room in a targeted manner.
  • The materials used for ceiling spots can be very different. The most popular are metal, glass and wood. You should choose the type of material according to your own preferences and tastes. At the same time, the material should be matched to the existing furniture.
  • Basically one can distinguish between two types of ceiling spots: Ceiling spots with frame and recessed spotlights. Ceiling spots with a frame are especially popular, as the individual spotlights can be turned individually in any direction. With recessed spotlights are single lamps, which can be individually distributed throughout the room.

Ceiling spots test: The ranking

1st place: B.K.Licht LED ceiling light

This metal ceiling spotlight at a very good price offers you a simple model, which adapts wonderfully to the living room.

With this ceiling spotlight you can illuminate your living space individually, because the individual lights can be swivelled and provide individual illumination. The light colour of this lamp is warm white and thus provides a pleasant and soothing atmosphere.

This spotlight is with the energy class A++ in the green area of the energy labels and is therefore particularly energy-saving. Nevertheless it emits a lot of light and illuminates every room. This ceiling spotlight is very stable and meets all requirements.

2nd place: B.K.Licht LED ceiling spotlights

The LED ceiling lamp convinces by its simple design and adapts very well to the rest of the furniture. The light can be distributed evenly throughout the entire room by the swivel and tilt spotlights. The ceiling spotlight made of metal and glass is very well processed and has a high quality.

The delivery includes not only the lamp itself but also 4 economical and replaceable 5 Watt E14 lamps with EEK class A+. The buyers are also very impressed with the customer service.

This ceiling spotlight with its sleek design can be used in all rooms and offers you a balanced and beautiful lamp for your home.

3rd place: B.K.Licht LED recessed spotlights

The LED recessed spotlights offer you a simple and effective light source. With these ceiling spots you can let your creativity run wild and combine them in many different ways – as a starry sky or to highlight special elements in your ceiling.

The warm light gives the room a pleasant and warm atmosphere. If required, the lights can also be dimmed. This way you can avoid too bright light and create a romantic atmosphere.

These ceiling spots can also remain switched on for longer periods of time, as they require very little electricity due to the energy class A++. Customers are particularly impressed by the price-performance ratio and the beautiful design.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a ceiling lamp

What is an overhead projector?

A ceiling spotlight is a light source that is mounted on the top floor of a room to fill the room with light.

The main feature of a ceiling spotlight is that the light does not only come from one bulb, but from different spotlights. This has the advantage that the light is better distributed in the room.

The prerequisite for installing a ceiling spotlight is a power line that can be connected to the ceiling spotlight.

How many spotlights should a ceiling spotlight have?

The number of radiators should be adapted to the size of the room. The larger the room, the more light is needed.
The advantage of ceiling spots is that each spotlight can be turned in a certain direction independently of the others. This allows the whole room to be individually illuminated.

How many ceiling spots do I need for one room?

The number of ceiling spots in a room depends very much on the room size. In a larger room it is useful to install two or more ceiling spots. In a small room one ceiling emitter is already sufficient.
The beam width of the respective ceiling spots must also be taken into account, as this also has an enormous influence on how much light the ceiling spotlight emits and how many ceiling spots are needed in a room.

Did you know that ceiling spots with halogen lamps have been abolished by the EU since 2018?
Halogen lamps contain toxic substances and are therefore not without danger for humans. They also require much more energy. That is why nowadays often only LED lamps are used.
LED lamps consist of the most modern technology and are particularly energy-saving. Therefore you can save a lot of energy costs.

If you decide to install several ceiling spots in one room you should note that the ceiling spots can be switched on and off by separate switches.

This way you can save a lot of electricity and energy, because if you only use half of the room you only need to switch on one ceiling spotlight.

How much does a ceiling spotlight cost?

The price for both ceiling spots with frame and recessed spotlights is between 15-150 €.

The different price of the models is mainly due to the material used, the on/off technology and the type of lamp used.
We will report on the material and the switch-on and switch-off technology later in this article.

Where can I buy a ceiling spotlight?

Ceiling spots can be purchased in furniture stores, in home improvement stores and in many online shops.
Popular online shops for garden chairs are:

ebay.com
amazon.com
ikea.com
otto.com
real.com

What alternatives are there to a ceiling spotlight?

There are various alternatives to a ceiling spotlight. In the following table we describe some alternatives.

Decision: What types of ceiling spots are available and which one is right for you?

There are different types of ceiling spots. In the following section we describe the different types and their advantages and disadvantages. Basically we distinguish between:

  • Ceiling spotlight with frame
  • Recessed ceiling spots

The difference lies mainly in the optics. All two have different advantages and disadvantages. If you are looking for the perfect model for you, we can make your search a little easier in the following section.

What distinguishes a ceiling spotlight with a frame and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A ceiling spotlight with frame offers you an optical eye-catcher. It is available in a wide variety of designs, from traditional to modern, everything is included. You can adapt it to your furnishing as you wish.

The main advantage of a ceiling spotlight with a frame is that the different spotlights can be adjusted as required. The spotlights can be turned independently in any direction. Therefore you can light up the room wonderfully with a ceiling spotlight.

The disadvantage of a ceiling spotlight is that it gives away a lot of light due to its orientation. Due to the chosen position, it may give away more light towards the ceiling and sides than into the room.

A further disadvantage is the susceptibility to dust of a ceiling spotlight with frame, because due to the hanging on the upper ceiling a layer of dust forms over time, which must be wiped off from time to time in order to keep the beautiful appearance.

Advantages

Optical eye-catcher
Available in different versions
Light can be distributed evenly throughout the room

Disadvantages

Light loss
Susceptibility to dust due to freely suspended frame

What distinguishes a recessed ceiling spotlight and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A recessed ceiling spotlight can be purchased individually or as a set with several recessed spotlights.

The recessed spotlight is connected to a pipe system that runs under the ceiling plaster and is therefore almost parallel to the ceiling. This gives you the advantage that hardly any dust is formed on the lamp.

Furthermore, the light is not emitted to the ceiling or to the side, as is the case with a ceiling spotlight with a frame. Thus the light falls on the floor and fills the whole room with light.

A starry sky can be constructed with recessed spotlights, which are available in a set. This is especially useful in the bathroom but also in a living room.

For a modern touch you can install the recessed spotlights in a false ceiling. How to install a false ceiling will be explained in the course of this article.

Almost all recessed spotlights are LED lamps. They have the advantage that the brightness can be adjusted as required. The colours of an LED lamp can be very different and can be selected according to preferences. There are LED lamps with cold white, neutral or warm white light.

The housing of a recessed spotlight is usually made of stainless steel. This has the advantage that the radiator does not heat up strongly.

The disadvantage of a recessed spotlight is that it has to be planned in during construction, as it is difficult to install a recessed spotlight afterwards.

Several recessed spotlights are usually connected with a joint. This has the disadvantage that if a single lamp fails, several lamps could be affected.

Advantages

Not susceptible to dust
No light loss
Optical eye-catcher
Adjustable brightness
Hardly heats at all

Disadvantages

Must be planned during the construction phase
Connection problems can cause several lamps to fail

Purchase criteria: With these factors you can compare and evaluate ceiling spots

In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of possible ceiling spots.

The criteria that you can use to compare the emitters include

  • Energy efficiency class
  • on- and off-switch technology
  • Light colour
  • Material

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for each of the criteria.

Energy efficiency class

The energy efficiency class provides information about how energy-saving the ceiling spotlight is. The energy efficiency class is marked with the EU label.

In the following table you will find the colour scale of the EU labels with their meaning.

The better the energy efficiency of the lamp, the better it is for you, because in the long run you will save a lot of energy costs with a ceiling spotlight that is in the green range.

on- and off-switch technology

There are different switch-on and switch-off techniques for ceiling spots:

  • Switch
  • Remote control
  • Motion detector

The switch is the most traditional type of switch-on and switch-off technology. In this case the ceiling spotlight is connected to the switch by cables built into the walls. The advantage of the switch is that switching on and off can be done without any problems if the connection is correct.

The remote control is a more modern way of switching on and off. Its main advantage is that it does not require any built-in cables in the wall to switch the ceiling spotlight on and off.

It is especially useful if it is a recessed spotlight where the light intensity or the light colour can be selected. The disadvantage is that the remote control is often misplaced.

A ceiling spotlight that reacts to movement and switches on and off automatically is very practical, especially for outdoor use.

Light colour

Each LED lamp has its own light color and each light color is suitable for a different location. The three most important light colors are:

  • Warm white
  • Daylight White
  • Normal white

These can be individually adapted to your preferences and needs. However, it is generally recommended that warm white light is mainly used when a relaxing and cosy atmosphere is to be created.

This natural light makes it possible to highlight natural materials and colours in particular. Due to these properties, the warm white light is particularly suitable for living areas and waiting or sales rooms.

The neutral white light lies between the warm white and the daylight white light. It is very suitable for creating basic lighting and is mainly used in neutral locations such as doctors’ surgeries and showrooms. However, it can also be used in kitchens and graphic workspaces.

The daylight white light has the most natural effect and is mainly used where a lot of concentration is required. This light has a positive effect on people’s mood and increases their sense of well-being.

Daylight white light reduces the fatigue of the persons and a higher concentration is possible. Due to these properties, this light is used in laboratories, schools and editorial offices.

But this light can also be used in living areas. Mostly it is used in garages and cellars.

If the daylight white is used in a room that serves as a workplace, individual lighting should also be provided to avoid reflections and glare.

Material

The most popular materials for lamps are plastic, glass and natural materials like wood and textiles. All types of materials have different properties and therefore have different advantages and disadvantages. The main differences between the materials are durability, cleaning, weight and price.

Metal is used for most ceiling spots. This material has the main advantage that it lasts very long, it is easy to clean and does not heat up as quickly. However, metal has the disadvantage that it is very heavy and it is also prone to rust.

However, corrosion can only occur when the metal comes into contact with water. This therefore applies exclusively to lamps which are used for outdoor applications. However, various processes are used to counteract this risk during production.

This makes it relatively unlikely that a ceiling spotlight will rust. Different types of metal are: aluminium, nickel, chromium, cast iron and stainless steel. Glass is the most popular material for the socket of the ceiling spots. It looks very elegant and is a visual eye-catcher. However, there is a risk that glass will break if you drop it.

There are two types of glass. The white glass also called opal glass and the transparent glass. With opal glass, not all the light enters the room. The light is softened by the glass and evenly emitted into the room. Colourful and patterned glass creates unique lighting effects. The transparent glass, on the other hand, lets all the light through.

Plastic is particularly convincing due to its low price and light weight. Plastic is a very flexible material and can therefore be produced in all colours. Most plastic lampshades are made of acrylic glass, also known colloquially as Plexiglas.

Plastic has the disadvantage that it is very harmful to the environment because it is not biodegradable. Furthermore, plastic requires special cleaning. If the wrong agents are used, unsightly stains can occur.

Natural materials such as wood and textiles are particularly convincing because of their naturalness. They give your room a natural and timeless touch and match all other materials. However, cleaning these materials is somewhat more difficult. Incorrect cleaning can cause considerable damage.

These materials can have very different effects. It is important that you are clear before you buy which material suits your interior. Exposure in general can make your entire interior shine in a whole new light when used properly.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about

How do I install ceiling spots?

A recessed spotlight is very easy to install. In the following video you will find detailed instructions.

How do I install a false ceiling to attach ceiling spots?

A suspended ceiling has several advantages. On the one hand it enhances the room optically, on the other hand you also have low heating costs, because rooms with a high ceiling need much more energy until they are heated up.

To install ceiling spots in the false ceiling there are several important points that you should follow.

How do I replace the energy-saving lamp or LED lamp of the ceiling floodlight?

Energy-saving lamps can be replaced very easily if they break. You only have to remove them from the socket by turning them. Then you can insert a new energy-saving lamp.

If it is a LED lamp, the whole thing is a little more complicated. In the following box you will find all the information you need to consider LED lamps.

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