down·​light | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌlīt How to pronounce downlight (audio) \

Definition of downlight

: a small spotlight set in a ceiling and directed downward

Examples of downlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Philips also has other options including a downlight 5/6-inch light, smart LED bar lights, and decorative light strips. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Tech can help trim your utility bills, which may be on the rise amid coronavirus shutdown," 25 Apr. 2020 Though bright downlights can make cleanup easier, Mr. Kligerman adamantly prescribes mellow lighting during meals. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 This simple form can be modified to produce three varieties of light, a golden glow from the middle, an uplight and a downlight. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "David Rockwell," 5 May 2016

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First Known Use of downlight

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Downlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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