Typically, if a garden light is called a downlight it will be for fixed downlighting, i.e. without lateral adjustment, for fixing on a wall, beam or pillar or hanging from a pergola. Some units are combination up & downlights with two lamps lighting in opposite directions, usually a creative way of lighting house walls. Spotlights are usually taken to be adjustable units so you can focus the light at an angle toward an object or area.
12v MR16 LED lamps are available in a choice of wattages from 3 to 7 watts and beam angles from 15 to 60 degrees, which gives a wide choice in accurately and precisely lighting subjects without spill or glare. 12 volt spotlights are usually used in garden structures, where 3w 38° or 60 ° lamps are often sufficient for mounting heights up to 2.5m lamps. 240v GU10 lamps offer a smaller range of wattage/beam angle choices and are less efficient than 12v halogen lamps, but mains voltage GU10 outdoor spotlights can be directly wired to mains cabling on house walls and Elipta's 240v Compact wall lights take the latest compact fluorescent spotlamps offering a combination of wide beam spread, long life and low energy operation. Refer to separate sections for details of hanging downlights and tree spotlights.
Elipta’s COMPACT range of exterior wall lights come in both 12v and 240v models, both with low energy lighting options. They come in 4 variants;
- COMPACT adjustable wall spotlights are used for downlighting patio areas, typically with 240v versions from the house or 12v versions from a pergola or arbour. They are also used for spotlighting features.
- COMPACT wall downlights, also available in both 12v and 240v, provide fixed downlighting on a wall, gate pillar or pergola post and are especially useful for producing the grazing effect on stone and brick surfaces.
- COMPACT up & downlights are 240v and provide fixed up and downlighting on a wall for a decorative effect, often to frame a doorway or to light a façade by positioning lights between windows and doors for architectural effect.
- COMPACT twin wall spotlights are also 240v and used for providing wider area coverage from one wiring position: using compact fluorescent lamps provides the widest coverage – 7w above French windows for threshold lighting and 9-11w lamps for downlighting the patio from higher up the house wall
These are complemented by Elipta’s MICROSPOT Wall and MICROSPOT Up&Down – 12 volt miniature adjustable wall spots and wall up/downlights which use the MR11 20w halogen lamp or a high output led lamp to provide the most discreet presence on pergola columns and beams.
COMPACT and MICROSPOT ranges are available in a variety of finishes including copper, stainless steel and black for all models, plus rustic brown for selected models. All Elipta's spotlights now have high output, long life L.E.D. (light emitting diode) lamps as alternative low energy options for spotlighting features.