Definition of downlight in English:



(also downlighter)
  • A light placed or designed so as to throw illumination downward.

    ‘This type of lighting can be supplied by table or floor lamps, uplights, downlights, spotlights and hanging lights.’
    • ‘At night, the building's silver aluminum soffit is lit with high-energy, high-efficiency uplights, and the lower-level walls are lit by wall-wash downlights recessed around the perimeter.’
    • ‘Have one wall completely covered with a sheet of mirror (check the size first to make sure you can get it into the flat), then use ceiling recessed downlighters to cast light down the mirror.’
    • ‘Despite the low ceilings, it's very airy and floods with light from halogen downlighters.’
    • ‘Both the Terra B and Terra C models come fitted with three double plug sockets, a heater socket, a telephone connection, four internal downlighters and two external lights as standard.’
    • ‘It is lit by recessed downlighters and fitted with polished wooden floorboards and another cast-iron fireplace.’
    • ‘The sitting room has a Le Droff fireplace with slate hearth; it is lit by recessed downlighters.’
    • ‘The quality is underscored by a combination of strategic artificial lighting, including downlights for the clients' art collection and general purpose uplighting.’
    • ‘A glazed extension now creates a light, airy interior, while chrome recessed downlighters set the mood after dark.’
    • ‘Each apartment has gas-fired central heating, a full range of integrated appliances, low voltage downlights and uplighters and Avoco hardwood doors based on the original design.’
    • ‘The ballroom has track lighting with conical downlights.’
    • ‘You could use just downlights or two-by-four fixtures to light the space and get functional light, but it wouldn't feel like anything; it wouldn't feel as if you had arrived someplace.’
    • ‘The uplighting within the three halls can be boosted with downlights as needed; however, there is less natural lighting than the architects had intended.’
    • ‘However, tilting downlights or installing a series of lights on a frame which swivel at will (called a gimble) offer more flexibility.’
    • ‘Four beats after curtain rises, bump downlights to full wattage; they're boom lights rigged to the top of the stage.’
    • ‘Dimmers have a minimum load rating, and so if only one or two low-voltage downlights are set on one dimmer, and that dimmer is turned down to a minimum, it may cause the bulbs to flicker and the switch will emit an irritating humming noise.’
    • ‘Today the contemporary kitchen is one of the key spaces in the flat, with George having fitted bespoke Italian units with roll-top work surfaces, stainless-steel appliances and halogen downlighters.’
    • ‘The kitchen has a tiled splash back wall, a sink unit, pine ceiling with downlighters, integrated Zanussi dishwasher, colonial cooker hob and extractor fan and door to the rear garden.’
    • ‘Having a ceiling with downlighters in a kitchen, for example, requires more wires and planning than a centrally-placed pendant light.’
    • ‘The grey boxes, which protrude slightly from the panel, are inset with downlighters and display a curious assortment of objects, both old and new.’



/ˈdounlīt/ /ˈdaʊnlaɪt/