Choosing the best Philips LED downlights

Philips was founded in The Netherlands in 1891 and, unsurprisingly, its first products were light bulbs. Over a century later, they are still one of the top manufacturers of light bulbs and have a huge lighting range. This includes both residential and corporate lighting solutions such as indoor and outdoor luminaires, digital projection lights, lamps, and smart office and retail lighting systems.

One of their most popular options is the LED downlight. Knowing which lights are the best for your intended use (home, office, store) and additional requirements (dimmable, recessed, colour) can be difficult. This guide will cover the following sections to help you decide which Philips downlights would suit your needs:

Types of Philips LED downlights available

There are a number of Philips LED downlights available and each range has different features.

The CoreLine downlight range currently consists of almost 50 products. The lights are innovative, high quality and easy to install. They are also suitable for a variety of applications, including retail, office spaces, industrial premises, parking and other outdoor areas. CoreLine downlights can be controlled using Philips' intuitive Interact Pro app and dashboard as well as smart sensors or smart wall switches.

IP54 and emergency downlights offer stand-alone lighting powered by lithium-ion batteries. These LED downlights provide up to three hours of emergency lighting, meeting the European standards for emergency luminaires.

Philips LED downlights vs halogen bulbs: What is the difference?

Philips LED downlights offer a huge range of benefits and are often used to replace old halogen lighting, but what are the differences?

Low watt option

A great energy-efficient lighting solution, Philips LED downlights use bulbs with much lower wattage than halogen or incandescent alternatives. A 6-Watt LED bulb will give the same level of brightness as a 50 Watt halogen bulb. You can achieve an instant energy saving of up to 90% by switching to this LED technology.

Longer lifespan

Philips LED downlights have a much longer lifespan compared to halogen or incandescent bulbs. Typically, an LED light bulb will last up to 25 times longer than a halogen bulb, which equates to up to 30 years of use. As they don’t need to be changed as often, the maintenance costs of LEDs are much lower—this can make a real difference to your budget, particularly in larger spaces such as retail facilities and warehouses.

Better quality of light

A 60W halogen bulb will produce around 800 lumens of light, which could be achieved with a 10w Philips LED bulb. The quality of light is also better from a Philips LED bulb, as unlike incandescent bulbs which take several minutes to reach full luminosity, LEDs provide full brightness as soon as you turn the lights on.

Range of colour temperatures

Philips LED bulbs provide a broader colour temperature range than halogens, creating a clearer and crisper light. The lights have a high colour rendering index (CRI), which illuminates objects in their true colours as they would be seen under natural daylight.

Can be retrofitted

Philips LED downlights such as those in the CoreLine range can be easily retrofitted into halogen fittings for a more aesthetically pleasing look. Replacing an existing lighting fixture with recessed LED downlights provides exceptional light coverage and, because they are smaller than halogen lights, saves on ceiling space.

General lighting applications

Philips LED downlights are suitable for a range of applications, including:

Office lighting

Good lighting has been shown to positively impact the performance, motivation and behaviour of employees. Philips LED downlights help to improve the mental wellbeing of employees and they can be controlled using smart technology and wireless controls, which support circadian rhythms. This also results in energy-savings as lights can be dimmed or turned off when they are not needed.


Philips LED downlights ensure aisles are bright and food looks fresh. Your store will be more attractive to customers and provide a much more positive shopping experience with LED lighting. They make a store look and feel more professional and welcoming to customers.

Decorative lighting at home or in a commercial environment

LED downlights can be controlled by technology such as the Philips Hue app. Philips Hue allows you to brighten or dim individual downlight bulbs and change their colour temperature. Hue lights can be controlled through a smartphone app or smart home technology. This can provide a decorative lighting effect throughout your home or business.

Top picks: Our best-selling Philips LED downlights


Product Colour temperature and lumens IP rating CRI Lifespan Cost and warranty
Philips 6W LED CoreLine recessed spotlight 840 - dimmable 4000K/650lm of cool white lighting IP44 85 30,000-50,000 hours £25 including VAT, standard three-year warranty extendable to five years if registered with Philips direct Buy Now
Philips 6W LED CoreLine recessed spotlight 830 - dimmable 3000k/650lm of warm white lighting with a 32-degree beam angle IP44 85 30,000-50,000 hours £25 including VAT, standard three-year warranty extendable to five years if registered with Philips direct Buy Now

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