Below are some questions we are commonly asked. The FAQ covers everything related to general LED information and more specific applications. In the event you have a question that is not answered below we would love to hear it. There is an opportunity at the end of this page where you can ask your questions, but we ask before you do, please read all of the questions, in case it has already been answered. Happy reading...
General LED FAQ
What is an LED?
A LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. In basic terms it is a semiconductor that emits light. LEDs are energy efficient, as they turn most of the electrical energy is converted to light and not heat. No filaments or fragile glass tubes are used, which results in a solid state and long lasting durable light source. LEDs are also much easier to recycle and do not contain any harmful gasses or substances.
Why should I switch to LED Lighting?
There are many reasons to make the switch to LED, here are the main ones...
- Save Money - LEDs use much less power, switch to LED lighting and save money on bills.
- Long Lifespans - LEDs outlast all other lighting, no need to change bulbs again.
- No Warm up time - LEDs are at full brightness straight away. No more waiting that light to get to full brightness.
- Its Easy! - Direct replacements are available, its as easy as changing a bulb.
Cam I dim LEDs?
Yes you can, but not all types are dimmable. LEDs require very specific dimming requirements and control gear for them to dim smoothly and correctly. Most LEDs with external drivers/transformers can be dimmable. We have a range of LED dimmable products, that are compatible with a universal or FLuro Dimmer. These are marked in our product information pages clearly. However for more technical information on dimming LEDs please contact us.
Why do LEDs initially cost more?
There are several reasons LEDs are more expensive upfront than traditional lighting sources. When you consider the purchase price is for a light that saves up to 80% on electricity, lasts up to 35x longer, and is a new technology. It is important to consider a holistic approach to LED lighting and remember that in the longer term LEDs are the most cost effective form of lighting on the market.
Will the price of LEDs fall?
Yes - However advancements in technology and increasing demand will ensure prices will stay higher for some time. It is more likely you will see LED lighting increase in performance for the same price, rather than the price decreasing. Production costs of LED are very small, meaning that in the future once Research and Development costs have been absorbed, LED lighting will be the cheapest form of lighting on all fronts! In the meantime, it doesn't make sense to wait when you can experience the savings and benefits today.
Where are LEDs best suited?
LEDs can be used for many general lighting applications however they perform exceptionally well in the following installations:
- High Usage - Large savings and quick paybacks occur when lights are used for many hours each day. Lower electricity costs, and fewer maintenance costs. Retail, Commercial and industrial situations are good examples.
- Harsh Environments - Durable construction of LEDs (no fragile parts) ensures LEDs are a robust choice for areas where luminaries are susceptible to breakages or shock.
- Small Spaces - LEDs can be a tiny lighting device, which enables them to be used in areas where space is limited.
- Difficult Locations - The high reliability and long lifespan of LEDs makes them great for areas where access is difficult or involves expensive equipment hire.
How Long do LEDs last?
Lifespan is measured in hrs. LEDs have extremely long lifespans typically in the range of 35,000hrs - 50,000hrs. This represents 17.5 - 25 years with a use of 5.5hrs/ day every day of the year. Below are other lighting lifespans:
- Incandescent - 1,000hrs
- Halogen - 2,000 - 5,000hrs (depending on quality)
- Fluorescent - 5,000 - 8,000hrs (depending on quality)
- LED - 35,000 - 50,000hrs +
Are LEDs available in 240v?
YES - LEDs can come in direct 240v options, and a variety of bases. Common 240v Bases include Edison Screw (E27), Bayonet Caps (B22), and GU10. Its easy as replacing a bulb to convert your existing lighting to LED and start saving money on your energy bills.