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Should I install or convert to LED?

Yes converting to LED fittings or globes in your home is a great thing to do. LEDs are very efficient, using much less power than halogen or even fluorescent fittings/globes. If you are renovating or building or just want to retro fit your light globe LED is the way forward.

Are LED down lights dimmable?

Most LED downlights can be dimmed, however there are a few factors to consider. Check the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure they are dimmable

  • Check the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure they are dimmable.
  • Does the LED fitting have a recommended type of dimmer?
  • Check how many fittings need to be on the dimming circuit to ensure the minimum load of the dimmer is met.
  • If you are purchasing them from the builder or the electrician, ensure that you have seen a working sample and are happy with the light output. If you have any issues, the warranty will have to be done through the builder or the electrician as they have purchased the products on your behalf. It is important for you to know how they will process your warranty claim.
  • Check the length of the warranty on the fitting, how is the warranty dealt with?
  • Can your LED’s be dimmed? If so, do you know what the compatible dimmers are?
  • The quality of the LEDs does range greatly as can the light output and warranty length.
  • See the product before you commit to anything
  • The most important thing is to see the product before you commit to anything and you take the above factors into account.

Important factors to consider when buying LEDs

  • If you are purchasing them from the builder or the electrician ensure that you have seen a working sample and are happy with the light output. If you have any issues, the warranty will have to be done through the builder or the electrician as they have purchased the products on your behalf. It is important for you to know how they will process your warranty claim.
  • Check the length of the warranty on the fitting, how is the warranty dealt with?
  • Can your LED’s be dimmed? If so, do you know what the compatible dimmers are?
  • The quality of the LEDs does range greatly as can the light output and warranty length.

The most important thing is to see the product before you commit to anything and you take the above factors into account.

Retrofitting LED globes

If you have existing light globes in your house, whether they be halogen, compact fluorescent or incandescent, there may be a suitable LED replacement globe available now.

By simply changing over your light globes, you can save money on your power bill, have a globe that requires changing less often and is better for the environment. Just a few things to consider when retrofitting LED globes.

If your existing lights are on a dimmer, it’s always a good idea to ensure the LED globe is dimmable and compatible with your current dimmer. Not all retrofit globes are dimmable.

If you are replacing 12v halogen dichroic globes with LED, ensure your transformer in the ceiling (this runs you’re your existing 12v halogen globe) will also run the LED globes. Not all led globes will run with any transformer.

Why do some LED cost more than others?

Like the quality, the cost of LED globes can vary greatly. There can be a number of factors that influence the cost of an LED globe or fitting.

These can be the quality of the light output, the materials it’s made from, where and how it has been quality control tested, the length of the warranty and the type of fitting.

The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ springs to mind with LED globes and fittings. The upfront cost of LEDs can be a little more than we would like but the benefits long term far outweigh the initial cost when a good quality fitting is purchased.

Do LEDs have warranties?

Yes - LED fittings and globes should have a minimum warranty period of 12 months. Always Check the length of the warranty being offered. The length of the warranty can be a good indicator of the quality of the LED. Some of the LED fittings stocked at Milton Lighting have a 7 year warranty.

You should always keep your receipt when purchasing LEDs as you will need it if you need to make a warranty claim. Also, get the name of installing electrician and their electrical license number.

It is always wise to purchase from a reputable retailer or wholesaler. There are lots of LED products being imported and they may not be been tested or have a warranty.

LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lighting is a very efficient and effective way to create lighting features in kitchens, bars, bathrooms and more. LED strip is available in several different colours – warm white, cool white, red, green, blue and of course the colour changing combination. It was discovered a few years back that the life of LED strip can be extended when used within a piece of Aluminium extrusion. The aluminium acts as a heatsink and draws the heat away from the LED’s. The cabinet maker/joiner will rout the aluminium strip into the underside of the cabinetry to ensure it sits flush. When you are looking to install LED strip lighting there are a few things to consider:

  • Where you intend to use the strip, is there a power point nearby or can one be installed?
  • Is there a place to hide the LED driver?
  • How far away will the LED driver be from the end of the strip? This measurement ensure that it is ordered with enough cable to connect to the two together.
  • Is the strip going inside or outside?

LED strip is generally sold per meter and it is always confirmed on site rather than measured off a plan to ensure the correct length of strip is supplied.