Can you paint your existing downlights?


Postby kitkat » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:15 am

I have gold recessed ball downlights in my bathroom and I want to change the lights. The problem is that they have cut out a huge hole for them and I am having great difficultly finding new ones that require such a large cut out. I dont want to have to plaster and fill ceiling etc..

Just wondering if you can paint these types of lights? If so is there any specific paint that i should be using? I want them to be silver rather than gold.

Thanks for any help
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Postby collectors » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:29 pm

Haven't seen anything that works very well. They do sell converter's rings for down lighters that are a bit like a polo mint ring with a small cut out to take a low voltage light. Link to a 140mm converter.

Google "lamps2udirect.com/pages/browse-More-Lamps2udirect.php/Downlighters-And-Recessed-Ceiling-Lighting/Ceiling-Light-Converters/160/22"
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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:05 am

if halogens then the heat could be an issue. the wrong type of paint could catch fire. i don't think that painting them is a very good idea, personally.
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Postby moggy1968 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:17 pm

agreed, you'll struggle to get anything close to a decent finish
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