When we designed Coates, our recessed spotlight, it was so we could re-think the downlight – just like in nature, it creates a subtle balance of light and shade. Soane uses all the same thinking as Coates, the only difference is that you don’t need to recess it, so you can fix it to beams instead of the ceiling.
Design & engineering
How it works
Soane casts a soft glow, not a harsh glare. That’s because, unlike most downlights, the bulb faces upwards, back into the light. Look up and you’ll see a chrome-coloured bridge that sits across the middle. That’s what holds the bulb, which then shines onto the mirrored interior, diffusing the light out. We’ve also designed Soane so you won’t get a black spot from the bridge’s shadow as the light falls.
Changing the angle of the light is easy. We’ve designed Soane with two rings that hold onto the bulb, one that angles from side to side and one from front to back. All you need to do is give them a gentle push to shift the light. And when you’ve got them in place, they won’t budge until you move them again yourself.
Materials & finish
The steel frame is powder coated to give it a very even and durable finish. Powder coating is also better for your home and the environment than traditional liquid paint finishes, because it doesn’t contain any solvents and gives off fewer VOCs. So it’ll work in most rooms, we picked an off-white colour for Soane.
Go ahead and use Soane in any room except bathrooms (it doesn’t get on too well with steam). It works when there are other types of lighting in the room too – varying heights of lamps, wall lights and pendants. It’s about creating a lighting scheme that’ll give you a dappled effect.
Soane needed an equally well-designed bulb, which is why, for the ones that come with these lights as standard, we’ve chosen a long-lasting and low-energy LED that’s warm and inviting not cold or too-bright.