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​The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right LED Lighting

Posted by Leonie Ferrer on 24th May 2015

Welcome to the 6 truths of the LED Lighting Revolution. Its has gone from strength to strength over the past decade. We saw the light bulb, loved the light bulb and then the innovators of the 20th century began to get down and dirty with improvement. That, my friend is what we’re all about!

We saw the immediate benefits the LED Lighting revolution had on offer: With 90 percent energy savings compared to the traditional halogen or incandescent bulbs and a vastly superior life span, lasting 10,000’s hours more than the traditional bulb (we’re talking approx 1,000 hours in comparison), it is safe to say we were excited!

When we start to get real with the comparison of LED bulbs currently available on the market, we began to notice a gap between the various colour temperatures and colour rendering available to to the market. So we have 4 colour temperatures on offer, Warm White, Natural White, Daylight & Cool White. As most of our customers know very well, LED Downlights can vary in quality on a huge scale. In fact, the majority of LED Lighting manufacturers will all promise the earth when it comes to performance, but we know different. Allow us to delve further...

1. Heat Dissipation

First and foremost, one of the most obvious factors to choosing a top quality LED bulb comes down to how well the bulb dissipates heat. A common misconception is that LED bulbs don't get warm. This simply isn't the case. Whilst they don't get nearly as hot as your average incandescent bulb, power is still transmitted into your LED therefore they absolutely do produce heat.

As the heat needs to be drawn away from the bulb by a heat sink (usually located at the bottom of the bulb), the heat sink absorbs the heat produced and then dissipates into the surrounding environment. If the heat sink doesn't do its job properly the LED will most likely overheat and burn out. The design of the heat sink is therefore detrimental to the lifespan of the LED bulb

Higher end LEDs will have aluminum or ceramic heat sinks. Put this is your wish list.

2. Power Driver

The driver is the regulator of power entering the LED thus ensuring that the bulb operates optimally. The driver also ensure the bulb doesn’t overheat. Score.

3. Colour Temperature

LED Downlights are available in many different colours. This is known as the colour temperature of the bulb. If you wanted to replicate the colour temperature produced from a halogen GU10 for example you would need to opt for a warm white coloured led. For the cooler light often associated with bathroom or office spaces then we can recommend the Cool White or Daylight temperature LED. Choose wisely, design a happy space and set the mood.

4. Lumens - Lightbulb brightness

Brightness is big. Wattage is out and lumens is in. 50w halogens can now be replaced with 13w beauties and the result is the energy savings you can make for your home or project. Its all about social responsibility. Make sure the lumens are similar between the bulbs you buy to achieve the same sort of light intensity.  On Average our 13W Led's are 30% Brighter than the 50w Halogens.

5. Colour Rendering.

Illumination is a wonderful thing! Colour rendering gives a light source the ability to give a true reflection of colours for the object it is illuminating. Essentially the higher the colour rendering index the closer to daylight the bulb becomes (daylight portrays objects perfectly with a CRI of 100%) and daylight is what makes the world go round baby!

If the lights are used a lot we would recommend a CRI of 80+ whereas if the bulb is used purely for emergency purposes then it can be sub 80. The higher the CRI the more expensive in most cases. It depends completely what you are into.

6. Beam Angle

Big news if you’re swapping over from halogen spotlights to LED’s. Halogens tend to produce a wider angled light than is suggested on the pack, so swapping a 35 degree angle bulb for the equivalent LED will create a very narrow angle of light. If you have a low ceiling or need an even spread of light across the room then it is imperative you look for a wide 90+ degree angled LED. Higher ceilings or the need for a narrower focused light will present a lower angled beam for optimum effect.

And there we have it! The ultimate guide to choosing the right LED lighting. If you have any further questions or are simply curious to see what we have on offer don't hesitate to get in touch with the team on 1300 480102 or drop us a line at