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LED Lighting FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions about LED lighting:


What is a LED?

LED stands for light emitting diode; they are small light sources that become illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material. LEDs are not a new device you see them everywhere; in standby lights, behind flat screens, in traffic lights, in remote controls and much more. New advances in technology have ment LEDs are now brighter and more suitable for everyday lighting.

What is a LED globe?

LED globes are engineered to directly replace traditional light bulbs and tube lights by combining multiple LEDs and putting them in a housing that will fit traditional light fittings. Most of our LED light look just like traditional light bulbs and will fit in traditional light bulb fittings.


What are some benefits of switching to LED lighting?

LED lights have a great range of benefits over traditional lighting including:

  • ENERGY – Lighting costs traditionally account for around 50% of all energy bills and in traditional lighting up to 80% of that energy is wasted through heat. LED lights function on between 80%-90% less energy which equates to a significant reduction in energy consumption; massive savings on electricity bills; and a reduced impact on the environment.
  • COST - While the up-front cost of an LED product may be higher, the savings in energy over a couple of years validates the initial outlay - they basically pay themselves off with electricity cost savings within the first 2-4 years. Also LED lights can last well over 30 years before becoming unusable so you end up saving money on buying light globes too!
  • LIFESPAN – Their extended lifespan of up to 50,000 hours is attributed to solid state components and robust design. This is compared to fluorescent tubes (10,000 – 15,000hrs) and traditional incandescent bulbs (1000 – 2000hrs) which break or burn-out quite easily.  
  • SAFETY – LEDs are mercury free and emit no UV radiation making them safe for people with health problems related to fluorescent lighting.  They are all CE approved, ROHS compliant and rigorously tested to meet safety standards. 
  • HEAT: LEDs operate at much cooler temperatures reducing the chance of ceiling fires. Furthermore, LEDs will not fade or damage home or office furnishings as they do not produce UV light.


Do LED lights generate heat?

Yes LED lights generate a very small amount of heat. This makes them a far safer alternative for down lights especially which are known causers of dangerous roof fires. They are ideal for desk lights, workshops, offices, or anywhere you are working in close proximity to a standard light bulb. 


Will they fit my existing light fittings?

LEDs are designed to fit nearly all types of existing light fittings. That means replacing the lighting in your home or office is a relatively simple procedure.  They are also great for accent lighting and can be used to illuminate feature furnishings in the home or office. 

What colours do LEDs emit?

LEDs can be made to produce almost any colour of light with some LEDs able to change to a range of colours; these are great for stage and effect lighting. Most LED lights you see in light globes and tube lights emit one colour and that one colour is usually one of 3 white colours.

  • Warm White
  • White also known as neutral white or sunlight/daylight
  • Cool White

Warm white has a yellow hue and gives off a warm atmospheric light. Great for homely rooms, living spaces and areas where you prefer warm coloured light over crisp sharp colours. Warm white LEDs also give slightly less light compared to the neutral and cool white lights.

White or sunlight/daylight/neutral light LEDs produce a neutral coloured white light very similar to the light you get outside. It doesn’t produce yellows or blues and is great for all uses.

Cool white is the brightest and sharpest coloured LEDs; they produce a slightly blue Hue that is super bright and the most efficient light.


What types of LED products are currently available?

We offer a comprehensive range of LED products:

  • BULBS: LED light bulbs for both Edison and Bayonet bases that are an outstandingly efficient replacement for traditional 25W to 100W incandescent bulbs.
  • DOWNLIGHTS: Low heat producing down lights that are safe for your roof and save you money on electricity bills. Our down lights boast life spans of up to 30 years!  
  • FLOODLIGHTS:  LED floodlights are a major power saver compared to halogen floods, they run cool so hey can be mounted almost anywhere and have a much better life span of 30000 plus hours.
  • HIGH BAY: LED high bays are 75% more energy efficient and eliminate on-going maintenance costs, making them a cost effective and eco-friendly lighting solution. They can be used as a low power replacement for the 500W conventional mercury vapour high bays. Brilliant for warehouses we also have weather proof high bay lights for outdoor setups.
  • SPOTLIGHTS: Now available in cool neutral and warm white we have a great range of spotlights for all lighting situations.
  • TUBE LIGHTS While fluro tubes are already pretty efficient LED tubes are another 50% more efficient. Fluro tubes flicker causing headaches and eye strain in office workers, LED tubes eliminate flicker and are cased in a much heavier duty plastic that won’t shatter from an accidental bump.  

Can LED bulbs be used with Dimmers?

Yes. However, not all bulbs are dimmable, and therefore, you can only use bulbs that are designed to be dimmed in a dimmable fixture. 


Will the bulbs come on immediately, or will they have to "warm up" like the older energy saving bulbs do?

LED lights come on instantly. That means absolutely no warming up required. Furthermore, turning the LED light on and off does not decrease its lifespan.

I hope this has helped, please feel free to contact us with anymore questions or to quote up changing over your home or office to LED!