LED LIGHTING FAQs
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 increasingly replace most conventional light sources like halogen or cob due to their efficiency and low energy.
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.
Why are LEDs more robust than other light sources?
There are no gases, filaments, moving parts to fatigue in LED lights as opposed to conventional lighting. They provide light in a 1 step process within each diode. There is no glass to break, or screwed contact to loosen, or parts to go missing. Our led lighting fittings are not able to have the led's changed. The entire fitting would need to be changed.
Why do LEDs often cost more?
Leds last a lot longer than other types of lighting. The process of packing with materials like metal frames, silicone, soldering, gold wire also add to the overall cost. But this also enforces the quality of the lighting.
What are the economic advantages of LEDs?
Operational maintenance is lower, they have a longer life, they reduce the customer having to change lamps as often, they cost less, they are very much claimed to improve electricity bills with their efficiency compared to more traditional lighting and older technology.
What needs to be considered when integrating LED into your home?
Luminaire spacing and layout. Ways to prevent glare. Wiring access. Access to LEDs in case of maintenance or replacement. Location of driver and how to hide its visibility.
Do LEDs attract insects?
Most insects are attracted to UV and green light. LEDS do not have UV content so do not attract as many insects compared to conventional light sources
What is the CRI (colour rendering index)?
Colour rendition is the ability for a source of light to accurately illuminate a colour compared to documented reference. This is measured using a reference of 8 colours (R1-R8). CRI is referenced in a factor of 100. CRI80 or above is considered a good average reference test for led lighting.
What is a lumen?
Lumens are a measure of how much light you are getting from a bulb or led source. The more the lumens, the brighter the light. So fewer lumens mean a dimmer light. Effectively you can buy the amount of light you want through the amount of lumens you choose. Focus on lumens rather than watts when purchasing a led light.
W: Watts are the measure of energy consumed.
Lm: Lumens are the measure of light output.
Lm/W: Efficiency is the number of lumens generated for each watt of energy used.
EG: 60W making 720Lm = 12Lm/W
What is layering of light?
Layering light means you can make the most of your room through having lots of different focused and general lighting aimed at specific points or to light the entire room. An example could be in a kitchen you would maybe have pendant or downlights hanging from the ceiling. This would give functional light. Then you could have the addition of under cabinet lighting focussing on task areas for cooking and preparing food. Light sources can be positioned on or in a ceiling, under cabinets, on walls, at the base of kitchen units, inside cupboards or wardrobes, or under beds. Your imagination can be limitless when it comes to LEDS.
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