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Hi All,

We've moved into a new build property and our bathroom, which has glossy white with a hint of grey speckle Porclenosa tiles, is looking a bit dull which I believe is the result of the downlighters. We have 3 x 7.9W, 38 degrees, 3000K downlighters in the bathroom and they seem to be creating a lot of shadows that make the grout appear to be dark and really doesn't show of the tiles to their best.

Would it be best to replace with something 'cooler'? larger beam width maybe?

Any advice greatly appreciated.
 
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Trial and error with colour temperatures and the light they give off

Are the downlights GU10 lamps or all in one units? Sometimes the all in ones have a little switch you can change the light from warm white to cool white to daylight white.
 

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I'd be going for a 4000k light if you are not happy with the current ones. It's what I fit as standard for all downlights.

I know there are downlights that give up to 60 degree beam angle, but I don't usually have any issues with the ones I fit at 46 degrees.
 
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Thanks @littlespark, the units are all in one, but from what I can tell there's no switch. And as they were supplied by a large builder I'd expect them to be on the cheaper side, so probably not switchable.

Thanks @Andy78, maybe I'll give a few 4000K ones a go and see what they look like.
 

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Most of the ones I’ve seen have a little switch accessible behind the decorative bezel. Magnetic hold or a slight anti-clockwise twist to remove.

There’s another make I know has the switch on top.... so you have to remove fitting from ceiling to find it.

Power off, and watch your fingers for the spring. It’s like a mousetrap going off
 

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Personally, I like daylight white, kitchen and bathroom. I like to see what's going on, but I think I am in a minority with this colour choice.

As for shadows...
I use Touche Eclat by YSL...
 

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Personally, I like daylight white, kitchen and bathroom. I like to see what's going on, but I think I am in a minority with this colour choice.

As for shadows...
I use Touche Eclat by YSL...
i'm in same minority. cool white or daylight for kitchen.
 

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Bear in mind the French have found that cool white led lamps are causing retina damage.
Is this just the French or France or French LEDs?

As an Englishman am I immune?

Are French lamps in English fittings a concern?

Is it all that French Nuclear electricity that causes it?

I'm concerned.
 

GBDamo

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Bear in mind the French have found that cool white led lamps are causing retina damage.
Is this just the French or France or French LEDs?

As an Englishman am I immune?

Are French lamps in English fittings a concern?

Is it all that French Nuclear electricity that causes it?

I'm concerned.
 

Andy78

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Bear in mind the French have found that cool white led lamps are causing retina damage.
I think more info is needed here. One manufacturer's cool white is another's daylight. I have seen cool white described as anything between 4000k and 6500k
 
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