How many downlights do I need? Expert guide to getting it spot on

kitchen lit with downlights and pendants over large kitchen island
(Image credit: John Cullen Lighting)

'How many downlights do I need?' It is one of the biggest dilemmas those considering a new lighting scheme face — too many and the space can look a little office-esque, too few and the space can feel dingy and dark. 

Although there are set formulations you can look at when it comes to the correct number of downlights to use within a room, it is really important to remember that the key to good lighting design lies in looking at how you plan on using a space as well as its size — and this is most certainly the case when it comes to deciding on how many downlights to include in your lighting plan. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.