Recessed & Surface Mounted Luminaires
Minimum space – maximum lighting
Minimum space – maximum lighting
René Moser
21. November 2018
René Moser

The saw is roaring in his ears. Standing on the ladder, he guides the thin saw blade along the pencil line. Only a few centimetres separate him from success. Done – a small piece of plasterboard becomes a victim of gravity and falls to the ground. Daniel puts his fingers into the borehole and fiddles the thin cable out of the opening. Just plug it in and you're done. Easier than expected – he smiles relaxed. This project had cost him many sleepless nights. Now he looks at his work with satisfaction.

Especially the planning and installation of recessed luminaires is a great challenge for DIY enthusiasts. The annoying sawing and fitting of the lights often discourages. In many rooms, however, the structural situation allows only this form of ceiling and wall luminaires. Or you consciously choose recessed luminaires as style elements for basic and accent lighting. The big advantage: The entire installation disappears in the ceiling or the wall – only the luminaire itself is visible. And all models can be used as wall or ceiling luminaires – so nothing stands in the way of your creativity.

As with any project, good planning is required. We show you how to consider everything important in just six steps.

1.       Placement is half the battle

With recessed luminaires, the ceiling installation comes to mind first and foremost. This is also the most common area of application. In addition, you can stylistically remodel other areas of your home with the simplest means: In the staircase area, for example, you can perfectly stage corners and edges with surface-mounted wall luminaires. Style and safety meet here. Never miss a step in dark ambient light again. When placing your recessed luminaires, however, remember the electrical protection regulations: Use surface-mounted wall and ceiling luminaires in the bathroom as well if they have the appropriate degree of protection. To do this, look for the IP44 symbol when purchasing.

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 2.       Deep, deeper, installation depth

An important factor in planning is the installation depth. But don't worry: we have the right luminaire for every depth:

GU 10 luminaires require an installation depth of 105 – 125mm, but offer you the possibility to use conventional illuminants. Here you have the possibility to switch to cost-effective LED technology at any time. It is simple to change the illuminants without removing the entire luminaire from the recess. For the installation of these lights you need a little more space between ceiling and plasterboard.

The situation is similar with high-voltage LED recessed luminaires: Here you need 35 mm space for the fitting of the lights. With the practical connection boxes, nothing stands in the way of expanding your lighting.

The most space-saving variant are in any case our low-voltage LED recessed luminaires. With 25 mm installation depth you only need the space of a 2 Euro coin – that's really little.

3.       The voltage makes the difference

There are two types of voltage for recessed luminaires: High-voltage and low-voltage luminaires. Note that the luminaires must all be connected. This is achieved by laying a cable from one luminaire to the next and then connecting them together. The only difference between the two voltage types is that a transformer is required for low-voltage luminaires and not for high-voltage luminaires. Both variants can be controlled with 230 V – therefore there is not much difference to make in the preliminary planning

4.        Tap, turn, press – simplest control

You have already implemented your basic installation and all wall switches are already installed? Then pay attention to interesting additional functions when purchasing luminaires: For example, there are recessed luminaires that are equipped with the 3-step dimming function and thus offer you three different brightness levels. No dimmer installation is necessary and you avoid conversion and additional costs.

You want to dim or already use a dimmer switch? When purchasing, make sure that your luminaire or illuminant is marked as dimmable. This allows you to dim continuously and brighten up your room the way you want it to be.

Take the first step to Smart Home: Control your luminaires conveniently via your smartphone, tablet or remote control. You do not need a WLAN or an adapter. More than 16 million colours and continuous dimming is possible. This is made possible by our EGLO connect series.

5.         More light – more style

Round, angular, rounded, silver, matt, chrome,... – with our recessed luminaires you have a large selection of colours, shapes and materials. That's the way it has to be: Luminaires must adapt to the living situation and also provide good lighting. Recessed luminaires are available round, angular or square with rounded corners. Luminaires with swivelling and fixed orientation are also available for all shapes. This allows you to control light in a targeted manner and swivel it to where it is needed. Highlight your book collection or a valuable painting. Adapt the colour and material of the luminaires to your living space: Noble materials and a variety of colours make almost infinite combinations possible.

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6.           Drilling, screwing, inserting – simple assembly

You have made your choice – now it's time for implementation: Good planning is also the saviour in this case. With a hole drill (for small recessed luminaires) or a jigsaw (for large recessed luminaires) you prepare the recess for the luminaire. Pay attention to the cutting or drilling speed – take your time and do not press too hard. Pull the connection cable out of the opening (1). Connect the luminaire and, if necessary, also connect the continuing cable (2). The integrated retaining clips allow easy installation and provide a perfect hold (3). Insert the recessed luminaire into the recess and press lightly (4). Done! This allows you to install any recessed luminaire quickly and easily. The sequence of work steps varies minimally depending on the type of luminaire. However, it is guaranteed to remain simple – promise.

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As you can see, recessed luminaires are quick and easy to install. They also look stylish and classy. With the six steps to perfect recessed lighting, you are well prepared for your new project. Have fun with it J.

ATTENTION: If you do not have the appropriate training for the installation of the luminaires, it is imperative that you consult an electrician for your project!

René Moser
René Moser
"Content is King - context is Queen" - content and products are prepared by me so that you feel like getting more EGLO. My tasks in the Online Team are Content & Publishing Management and Social Media.

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