12V Downlights

Subtle, simple and bright – low-voltage downlights

Recessed spotlights are one of the best types of light for effective, functional and focussed lighting. Why not see for yourself!

low voltage downlights

How are low-voltage downlights installed?

Installation is not quite as easy as with ordinary ceiling lights. So, if you're not comfortable with installing downlights, it may be worth getting an electrician to help.

The first step is to bore a hole into a suspended ceiling (the dimensions of the downlight can be found in the product details page or in the installation instructions). After this, the downlight has to be connected and pushed into the hole. Job done!

low voltage downlights bathroom kitchen

How deep into the ceiling are low-voltage recessed downlights installed?

When installing low-voltage downlights, you’ll need to pay attention to the specific dimensions and distances. These can be found in the product details in the shop or in the installation instructions that come with each light. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our technical advisors – their contact details can be found below.

Which IP code is required for low-voltage recessed downlights?

Low voltage downlights ensure atmospheric and functional lighting for your bathroom – just pay attention to the proper IP code so that the lights are protected from any penetrating moisture. This is important in the kitchen too – the thing to pay attention to here is steam.

The proper IP code should be judged by an electrician as they will know which special requirements are relevant to the bathroom. The closer the lights are to the bath or shower, the higher the IP code must be.

For an overview of each IP code and what they mean, see this table:

Digit IPX4Solid particle protection
0 No protection
1 Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 50 mm
2 Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 12,5 mm
3 Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 2,5 mm
4 Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 1 mm
5 Dust protected
6 Dust tight

Digit IP4XLiquid ingress protection
0 No protection
1 Protection against dripping water (vertically falling drops)    
2 Protection against dripping water when tilted at 15°
3 Protection against spraying water
4 Protection against splashing of water
5 Protection against water jets
6 Protection against powerful water jets
7 Protection against temporary immersion
8 Protection against continuous immersion

Can low-voltage recessed spotlights be operated with transformers?

Yes, low-voltage downlights are always operated with transformers because they work using a lower voltage supply and therefore can’t be connected to the normal power supply (230V). The transformer converts the 230V mains voltage so that the low-voltage downlights can be connected. An advantage of low voltage downlights is that they last usually longer than equivalent high-voltage lights.

low voltage downlights in a set

Can you get dimmable low-voltage downlights?

Yes, low-voltage recessed spotlights can be dimmed with the right dimmer. Important: The transformer needs to be dimmed, too, which means that the dimmer must be calibrated with it. Just ask our specialist consultants if you need any assistance. You can find their contact information below. 

Are low-voltage recessed spotlights available as a set?

Yes, of course, you can get sets of ten or three, for example.

Do you still have questions about installation, IP codes or the installation depth of low-voltage downlights? Then get in touch with our specialist consultants, who are on hand to answer your questions. You can reach them by phone on +353 1 699 2138 or by using our contact form.

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