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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:55 am 
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I am looking for dimmable LED downlights for a kitchen extension with a pitched ceiling. It's going to be 2 runs of 4, and I'm looking for the ones with replaceable bulbs not the sealed units. A couple of questions:

What is the maximum tilt you can get? And does the angle refer to the total range of movement or per side?

Any recommendations for the lights or brands? Any to steer clear of?

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the angle of the bulb is the angle of the reflector and the width of the beam, The 2 most common types are GU10 (mains) and MR16 (low voltage)

If you want to angle the light you will need 'eyeball' fittings - If they are going into a ceiling with no access you will need to fit fire hoods

Price wise fittings can be from £1 up to £30 each, For low voltage - Transformers are £5 - £20 each, Bulbs are 80p - £9 each (Philips bulbs are around £3-5 each)


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Bob225 wrote:
If you want to angle the light you will need 'eyeball' fittings - If they are going into a ceiling with no access you will need to fit fire hoods


At work and on training courses (AKA days off work with a buffet) I have always been taught that fire hoods or fire rated fitting (easier to fit than fire hoods) are strictly only needed if it is a fire rated ceiling.

Now one of the new contracts we have started (for a pretty big organisation) are demanding that we swap the existing spots in their houses for fire rated ones if there is a bedroom above them.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:46 pm 
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Everyone fits fire rated or fire hoods when there is no need to. as OnlyMe said they are only a real must if there is a bedroom above or you are breaking the fire rating.

I changed all of our LED lamps, (i wanted all the same, best not to ask) but I got mine from screwfix, the LAP brand

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Thanks - I should have said I'm going for GU10s.

It's the amount of tilt of the adjustable fitting rather than the spread of the beam (although I understand that's a factor too) that I'm trying to check. Eg if it says "20 degree tilt angle" I assume that means it will tilt 25 degrees each way, so the total range of movement would be 40 degrees? What's the maximum tilt you can get?

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lotstolearn wrote:
Eg if it says "20 degree tilt angle" I assume that means it will tilt 25 degrees each way

How did you work that out?


Depends on the light fitting as to how much they "tilt"
I have seen some that can tilt 90 degrees.

TBH I think you would be better off going to a lighting shop and have a look there. (don't buy them. just look / ask questions)

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Balls I meant to say 20 degrees each way! I think I know the ones you mean they poke out like a snake head. Look a bit ugly for my taste, but yes I'll be having a look round the lighting shop.


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Aurora do some nice quality fittings there mid priced

http://auroralighting.com/gb/products


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