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Listed below are tips and pitfalls to think about when buying spotlights.  

1) Spotlights, which have directional mirrored lamps, such as dichroic halogen lamps or traditional spotlamps, do what they say – they spot an area.  So the area covered by the light should appear well light and outside that area will be in shadow and not well lit

2) Spotlights enable features in a room to be given particular emphasis

3) If you need a well lit room with spotlights, ensure you count the number of areas where you need lighting and have that as the minimum number of spotlights.  You may be surprised by the number you actually need.  Just using a higher wattage lamp does not necessarily improve lighting significantly.  It just make an area brighter but not the whole room

4) Spotlights in kitchens need to be well thought through.  A central spotlight with work surfaces along the walls, may result in you working in your own shadow.  Ensure the spotlights and their positions are flexible enough to get the light in over your shoulder or that you have an under-cupboard light or ceiling lighting directly above

5) It is often advisable in kitchens or working areas lit by spotlights to include a good general light, such as a fluorescent, pendant or flush fitting that is separately switched to allow you to move around the room without requiring all the lighting switched on.  This may be useful if you are planning on simply collecting something briefly or putting away the shopping or making a cup of tea but do not require all the lights lit

6) Dark walls and ceilings absorb light and you may, therefore, need to make allowances for additional lighting.  Light colors reflect the light better and will make a room feel bigger and more airy.  Spotlights and light-colored walls and ceilings can make a room seem quite clinical in atmosphere.

7). The points are not  exhaustive and it is worth thinking through your lighting requirements and how you use your rooms before deciding on a particular style of light fitting.