LED LIGHTING DRIVER FAQs
Do I need a driver?
Only integrated LED products need a driver. If your LED is specified as class III or labelled with a diamond shape with III inside, it must not be connected directly to the mains voltage supply. This may cause permanent damage to the LED, and will result in complete replacement of the LED fitting due to damage. A compatible LED driver must be used between the main switched power supply and the LED light.
What does an LED driver do?
A driver is used to output the current or voltage required for our LED products. Our drivers work at 24V. This is because the output is stronger and a better light effect is achieved rather than with 12V.
How do I know which LED driver to use?
LED products usually fit into two main categories. Constant Current, and Constant Voltage. Constant current products often use LEDs that are of high brightness. This is lights like down lights. Constant Voltage products tend to use low brightness LEDS like LED tape. All our LED lights work using Constant Current voltage drivers.
Where should I locate my Driver when fitting my LEDs?
Make sure you work out as early as possibly in your room design, where your driver will be located. LED drivers should always be located in an accessible place for maintenance and replacement, but still be hidden away from view to ensure the best lighting effect on the room. If the driver is located in the cupboard or along the top, ensure it can be accessed. Extremes of humidity, heat or cold should be avoided when fitting led drivers.
What distance from my driver can I install my LED fittings?
We suggest a maximum of 10 meters from your driver. Further than this, your electrical contractor will need to suggest possible ways of managing the potential voltage drop that may occur on the type and size of cable installed to ensure that it matches the parameters of the driver.
What are beam angles?
These beam angles, described in each specification sheet for our products, allows the fitter to estimate how far apart to put the lights. This is decided to achieve the most uniformed and consistent lighting onto the desired space.
What are LEDs?
LEDs are light emitting diodes. They are components that electronically convert energy directly to light through the movement of electrons within the material of the diodes. LEDS are beginning to replace most conventional light sources due to their efficiency and low energy.
What size of Led Driver do I need?
Simply look at the wattage of each of our products on the data sheets on our website. Our drivers are in a variety of wattages, all at 24V. Therefore all drivers are compatible with all our LED lights.
EG: 15 watt driver, you can fit lights up to:
15W on each driver. So if you had 6 x 2.2w lights on a chain that would add up to 13.2W. This would be adequate for our driver described. Try to allow 10% approx. spare wattage on each Driver, so as not to accidentally exceed the drivers limit.
Consult a qualified electrician. Don’t attempt to install electrical products unless qualified to do so.
Don’t mix different types of products on the same circuit. EG. Leds, with Halogen or fluorescent.
Refer to our data sheets for all our products, and take a look at our instructions. These are both available for download on our website.
Ensure you test the intended circuit prior to installation so that any issues can be more easily rectified and identified prior to fitting the LED.
CHECK OUT OUR KITCHEN LIGHTING GUIDE, AND GENERAL LIGHTING GUIDE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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