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FAQ LED Lighting

What is an LED?

A Light Emitting Diode (LED) is a device consisting of a semiconductor that emits light energy when an electrical current is passed through it. LEDs can be used for a wide range of lighting applications. It is predicted that LED lights are the future for energy-efficient home lighting.

How long do LED bulbs last?

LED light bulbs have a much longer life span compared to standard halogen bulbs. In fact LED bulbs last up to 50000 hours – that’s over 5 years of continuous operation! When you install new LED lights you may never have to replace the bulbs again.

Do LED light bulbs provide high quality lighting?

The short answer is YES! We pride ourselves on the quality and the light output of all our bulbs simply choose between warm or cool white. You certainly won’t be disappointed with the quality of the lighting!

Why do I need an LED-compatible transformer?

You may only need a transformer if you are buying 12v bulbs all 240 bulbs do not require a transformer, 12v bulbs are MR16, G4 and MR11.

Standard electronic transformers can cause certain types of LED bulbs to flicker, resulting in permanent long-term damage to the LED bulb itself. This problem is most evident in 12V MR16 LED bulbs where a standard transformer does not provide a smooth flow of current, causing flickering problems. To avoid damaging your new LED bulbs it is always best to use LED drivers/transformers.

Are LED lights cost-effective?

LED light bulbs are highly energy-efficient, resulting is significant electricity savings over the life of the bulb. Electricity costs are on the increase. The average household lighting bill in the UK is around £300 per year. Replace your existing halogen bulbs with LED bulbs and you can cut your lighting costs by up to 90%. That’s an average saving of over £270 per year!

Can LED light bulbs be used with dimmers?

Yes. Certain types of LED bulbs are dimmable, For standard household dimmers you need a trailing edge or low voltage LED dimmer switch.

What are the best features of LED lights?

In short, LED lights are the future of household and office lighting, with a number of great features, including:

  • Extremely energy efficient
  • Eco-friendly lighting
  • Significant savings on your electricity bills
  • Much longer life-span than halogen bulbs
  • Low temperature operation
  • Directional light
  • Low profile and compact size
  • Breakage and vibration resistance
  • Life unaffected by rapid cycling
  • Instant switch on with no warm uptime

No IR or UV emissions

My dimmer switch isn’t working with my LED lights?

This may be due to a couple of reasons:

  1. Your LED bulbs may not be dimmable. Not all LED light bulbs have the ability to dim so you must make sure that your bulbs are the dimmable type.
  2. Ensure that you have an LED-compatible dimmer switch. Standard household dimmer switches do not work with LED bulbs. Dimmable LED bulbs will only operate effectively with an LED dimmer switch.

What are SMDs?

SMDs or Surface Mounted Diodes are the new generation of LED lighting. The majority of our bulbs contain SMDs that are three times brighter than the older LEDs and available in warm white and cool white. LED bulbs with SMDs generate a high-quality light the same colour as normal household bulbs.

What are the benefits of using LED lights?

LED light bulbs have many benefits when compared to standard halogen or incandescent bulbs, including:

  • Extremely energy efficient – 80% of electricity used converted to light energy
  • The most eco-friendly lighting solution
  • Huge reductions on your electricity bills
  • Much longer life-span than halogen bulbs
  • Low temperature operation
  • Directional light
  • Low profile and compact size
  • Breakage and vibration resistance
  • Life unaffected by rapid cycling
  • Instant switch on with no warm up time
  • No IR or UV emissions
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