Spotlights or Downlights: What's The Difference?

spotlights or downlights
(Image credit: Davey Lighting)

Not sure whether you're looking for spotlights or downlights for your project? That might be because the terms spotlights and downlights are often used interchangeably — which can be confusing as they are actually two quite different types of light. 

If you are at the lighting design stage of your project and are trying to decide whether spotlights or downlights are the best option for a particular space, our quick guide to the differences between the two will help you choose.

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.