Vintage Ceiling Lamps and Spotlights

Spots or ceiling lights? Time to cut the dropped ceiling always arises this question. So in what situations would be recommended to install spots and ceiling lights?
Advantages and Disadvantages
Spots are modern and efficient (100% of the lamp lighting is transferred to the environment). There are models of various colors, shapes, and all sorts of lamps. They are excellent for directional lighting, that is, close focus (lantern effect). They work very well in the highlighted environments, objects, work areas and also with decorative purposes. They use halogen bulbs (not recommend) and led.
Plafons produce a uniform illumination and wide opening angle, and therefore work very well to illuminate large environments. Are not they cute as spots (personal opinion) and do not convey modernity. In addition, the acrylic translucent between the lamps and the environment reduce the luminous efficiency by 60%, according to financedns. Usually use tubular or economic fluorescent lamps.
The combination of both is very well accepted and enriches the environment, reinforcing the positives of each.

Suitable Quantity and Positioning.
Given the characteristic of directional lighting, the use of spots implies the need for specific areas with strong lighting – for example – a bathroom sink.
In this case, check that the bathroom has a plafon that provides the main illumination, and the spots on the sink reinforced the lighting efficient and necessary way, exactly at the point of actual need.
In rooms or corridors, particularly in the presence of elements to be highlighted, the use of spots satisfies the decorative functions and direct illumination (indirect and also, if designed for this purpose).
In the above example, the dining room receives indirect lighting with the use of PAR20 spots reflecting on the wall crafted marble.
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The Spots, Featured
Spot can be found in various sizes without much effort, from small to mini dichroic lamps, even higher for PAR30 lamps or AR111. There are also models in crystal and stainless steel, which work very well in washrooms, common areas, halls of elevators and waiting rooms – environments that require more elaborate decorative elements.
Some models of spots can be grouped to form double parts, triple, quadruple and even form designs. Are modular spots, very useful and versatile for designers. Each piece is enclosed with a metal plate and fixing screws to hold the joints.
After the joining of the parts, which can be done by anyone – with or without experience, the spots may be installed on the ceiling. This feature allows very beautiful results.
Another interesting feature is the anti-glare. The spot has an indentation in the central region, in which the lamp will be installed, and this feature reduces the glare of the eyes. Besides the most common model for type dichroic lamps (PAR16), we also have models for mini-dichroic, PAR20, PAR30, AR70 and AR111.
Another much sought after model, especially for bathrooms, it is the spot with brushed aluminum finish.  It is a square, dump and directional model 360 degrees, and is found for all sizes of bulbs. The springs are resilient and strong, and the finish is perfect on a ceiling with recessed plaster.
All models spots above are trucks (directional), and the inclination reached by them reaches 20 degrees. There are also spots with fixed focus, cheaper, smaller, and the only drawback in this case is the inability to adjust the angle. Thus, the hole in the ceiling must be done very accurately to the lighting hit the target.
Final Tips
The spots are versatile and provide a modern and beautiful environment, but should be used with caution. Too many points on the ceiling or meaningless points can break the harmony of the environment.
Environments can be composed entirely of spots. In this case, you can merge the indirect lighting (a bright white wall) with the other points of direct directional lighting – with focus on couches, tables, frames, etc.
In mixed lighting, usually the plafon is in the center and the spots on the outskirts of the environment. In the dining room, the plafon may give rise to a chandelier.
When the main lighting is indirect, made in molding, the decorative effect highly highlighted through the use of few light points distributed in spots along the molding.
In bathrooms and kitchens, place spots on the ceiling right over the sinks. The sink center can be used as a reference.
indirect lighting with spots on the periphery of environments: optimal results are obtained with 30 cm away from the wall, but he broke the ‘rule’ and used 20 cm, accentuating the effect of light.
TV rooms, avoid light spots in front of the TV, as reflected on the screen. If they can not be avoided, ensure that they can be disconnected without prejudice to the ambient lighting.
Bathroom box: position the light spot in order to avoid the shadow of the shower or shower. Have a preference for a directional spot installed near the wall opposite the shower. So you can direct the light to the bath area without causing shading.
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