Ultra Thin LED Downlights
Thin Ceiling LED Downlights
These LED downlights are the perfect solution for ceilings with a shallow plenum. The compact design allows you to install them in rooms or spaces where a recessed can or taller fixture won't fit, such as under balconies or eaves and elevators. They are popular in lobbies, hotel rooms, retail spaces, boutiques, and offices. You also get all the other benefits of LED lighting, including a longer lifespan than other technologies, decreased maintenance costs, and energy savings. Because LEDs give off less heat, you also don't need to run the air conditioning as much in the summer when replacing incandescent or halogen bulbs.
IC Rated LED Downlights
No housing is required and the fixtures in this category are IC rated for use in insulated ceilings. The ultra-thin LED downlights do not produce enough heat to require a gap between the fixture and insulation. This means they can be used in renovation projects or new construction. Installation only takes a few minutes once the hole is drilled. Some modules have a remote driver box while others are a single unit. You can find detailed installation instructions on each product page.
Recommended Kelvin for Bathrooms
The color of your bathroom downlights can have a profound effect on the feel of the space. A bright 4000K LED downlight can help you wake up faster and get energized while a warmer color temperature at or below 3500K helps you wind down at the end of the day. For these reasons, cooler temperatures tend to be favored by morning people and warmer color temperatures by night owls. Regardless of which category you fall into, consider pairing your dimmable bathroom downlights with an LED dimmer switch to keep any late night trips to the bathroom from blinding you or waking your spouse.
Bathroom downlights need to be damp location rated. Steam from the shower is enough to cause problems for downlights and fixtures that are only rated for dry locations. Only downlights rated for wet locations should be used in a standing shower. Wet location downlights are perfect for bathrooms and can even be used directly over the shower, whereas damp rated downlights should be further back away from any accidental splashes or sprays. Check on the product page for or on the hyperlinked PDF for the UL listing.
Recommended Kelvin for Kitchens
Similar to bathrooms, personal preference and design aesthetic is a good starting point. 2700 Kelvin is popular for kitchen downlights, especially when paired with brighter higher Kelvin lights for under cabinets or task lighting. This is especially true for kitchens with natural wood as the warmer light brings out the wood tones while a bluer light can make the space feel cold and unnatural. On the other hand, if your kitchen has white cabinets with granite countertops and blue accents, a cooler Kelvin downlight around 4000 Kelvin will keep the space from looking too yellow.
If you like the look of incandescent lights, 2700 Kelvin is the way to go. If you think incandescent bulbs are too yellow, consider kitchen downlights in 3000K, 3500K, or 4000K. If you like the look of halogen bulbs over incandescents, LED downlights in the 3000 Kelvin range are the closest replacement in terms of color. We don't recommend going higher than Kelvin temperature in the 4000 range since 5000 Kelvin and higher is more frequently seen for commercial spaces and can be jarring at night or first thing in the morning.