LED Lighting

LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is the obvious choice if your building a new home in today’s energy conscious market. There are some new lighting products recently released, to help meet the 6 star energy efficiency requirements of the Building Code of Australia for all new homes. LED lights can be found at www.lightingales.com.au in Claremont.

You can achieve increased energy efficiency by considering recessed downlights, modern dimmable oysters, pendants, and replacement lamps to retrofit existing downlights, even candle globes for Chandeliers.

LED lights are a new generation of lighting technology. The application of LED into everyday residential or commercial lighting provides many benefits over traditional lighting. Other than the obvious, that of saving money by reducing energy consumption, LED lights also radiate very little heat, have a much longer life-span of up to 30,000 hours compared to 15,000 hours for flourescent tubes and 2,000 hours for traditional bulbs. Using a light for 4 hours a day, will give a life-span of 20 years.

Manufactured free of Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and Chromium, LED lights use less power, emitting less greenhouse gasses, and reduce a household’s carbon footprint by up to 68%, simply by exchanging all incandescent bulbs for new LED lights.

Some common questions about LED lights include:

Can I use my existing halogen transformer? 

Yes, although it is not recommended. The use of purpose built LED transformers, or drivers will offer a regulated output and will ensure the maximum life span for your LED light.

Will an LED replacement light be as bright as my 50W halogen light?

Current generation LED replacement lights do not provide the same output as a 50W halogen light. A 6 watt LED replacement light offers up to around 35W of comparison light output. Only full retrofit down lights offer equal and superior performance to halogen lamps .

Can I place insulation over my LED downright?

Insulation should be no closer than 30mm surrounding the heat sink of the downlight, as the heatsink requires air circulation to work effectively. Rolled insulation should not be pressed down over the heat sink.

Does frequent switching of LED lights reduce their life span?

No

Are LED products going to get cheaper?

As with any new technology, mass production and increasingly refined lighting designs will result in price reductions over time. In the short term it is  unlikely that LED lighting will be as cheap as the incandescent lights they are replacing. However, the benefits of LED lights far outweigh the initial higher cost of ownership.

Can I compare different LED lights by their wattage alone?

No.  A 3 watt LED light can be brighter than a 5 watt LED light. What matters is the efficiency, or how each watt of power is converted into light. When shopping for LED lights, focus on how bright the lamp is compared, not the watts being used.

Can LED lights be used outdoors? 

LED lights are perfect for the garden. Being a low voltage light source LED is also perfect around pools and in the open weather. Wiring is done with 12 or 24 volt and connections are manufactured to an IP rating of IP67. Outdoor LED lighting is available in flood lighting, spot lighting, in-ground lighting and underwater lighting, with a choice of beam angles, brightness and colour.

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