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LED Lighting Guide

Index

  1. Benefits of LED Lighting Explained
  2. What is LED Lighting?
  3. LED Comparison Guide - LED vs Halogen vs Incandescent
  4. LED Lighting Colours
  5. LED Beam Angles Explained
  6. Why all the Hype of LED?
  7. Will LED globes fit in my current fittings?
  8. LED Transformers Explained
  9. Car LED Lights, Boat LED Lights and Caravan LED Lights
  10. I hear Some people say LED is too Expensive!

Benefits of LED Lighting

LEDCentral.com.au is one of Australia's premium online suppliers of LED lighting. We specialise in high quality LED lighting alone, because not only do we believe in the massive benefits of using this new energy efficient light source, we are here to pass the savings on to you.

LED lighting is a new technology and as with any type of new technology, there are limited suppliers of really high quality Australian certified LED Lights, for a reasonable price. We are committed to bringing not only the best quality globes to our online store for consumers, but at a price of up to 40% less than our competitors selling comparable products.

There are four overwhelming reasons to switch to LED lighting with LEDCentral.com.au

  1. Its going to save you a heap of cash, and we mean a heap!
  2. You wont need to change globes for 30 Years depending on your usage and you will save 90% on your lighting bills.
  3. You'll be helping save our environment
  4. We only stock world renowned and trusted brands like CREE LED and Mean Well LED Transformers.

Power Bills to increase

The immediate benefits you will notice running LED lighting, is the amount of savings you will have over long periods of time. With power bills estimated to increase in the next six years, you cant afford to stick with standard and costly halogen lighting - There's simply no excuse.

Your current conventional lighting is literally chewing up power, and that will most certainly be noticeable on your Electricity bills. LED Lighting will drastically reduce your power costs as well as decrease carbon emissions.

  • Power bills 'to certainly increase' after carbon price
  • Shortage of power expected in 2015-2016
  • Higher fuel, gas will also boost power bills
  • LED Lighting - guaranteed to save you money

Its a simple equation - If you continue using costly halogen and incandescent lighting in your home or place of business your power bills will continue to go through the roof. We are giving you ammunition you need to make the educated decision to make the move to LED lighting. We've done it and are already experiencing the massive benefits. What are you waiting for?

What is LED Lighting?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and is an electronic light source. Most lighting found in Australian homes and offices today are very inefficient costing homeowners bucket loads of money as well as emitting vast amount of CO2 into our atmosphere killing our environment.

LED lighting is a viable replacement for existing household and office lighting, just much cheaper to run and better for our environment. There is no reason to wait any longer, get rid of your costly Halogen lighting and switch your globes to LED today.

LED Comparison Guide - LED vs Halogen vs Incandescent

LED Comparison Guide - LED vs Halogen vs Incandescent
LED Halogen Incandescent CFL Approx Lumen Range
1 Watt LED
4 Watt LED 25 Watt 25 Watt 5-6 Watt 210lm
5 - 6 Watt LED 30 Watt 30 Watt 7-9 Watt 280lm
7 - 9 Watt LED 35-40 Watt 40 Watt 9-13 Watt 380-450lm
10 Watt LED 45-50 Watt 60 Watt 13-15 Watt 500-800lm
12 Watt 60 Watt 75 Watt 18-23 Watt 1100lm
15 Watt LED 70 Watt 100 Watt 25-30 Watt 1500lm
25 Watt LED 150 Watt 30-52 Watt 2600lm

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The above table is to be used as an approximate comparison guide; lumen ratings can vary between different light types, brands and models.

LED Lighting Colours

LED Lighting can come in many different colours, the most common of these in household usage lights are Warm White, White (Neutral White) and Cool White. The standard for many houses especially in Australia is Warm White.

At LEDCentral.com.au we stock the two most sought after LED Lighting colours - Warm White with a Kelvin rating of 2700K-3300K and Cool White with a Kelvin rating of 5700K-6500K

LED Colour

LED Beam Angle Explained

If you are replacing existing halogen downlights, and spacing cannot be changed a beam width of 60 degrees is more than acceptable on 2400mm ceilings. If you are installing LED Lighting during a new house build or renovation, the rule of thumb is that on taller ceilings you use a narrower beam, (30°) and on a lower ceiling or bulkhead use a wider beam (60°, 100°, 110° or 120°).

The beam should cross at about 1100mm above floor level, for even light distribution. On a globe with a 60 degree beam this would mean an optimum spacing of 1200mm.

Why all the Hype of LED?

LED lighting is a huge leap in technology which is going to benefit both our environment as well as your spending for household lighting.

The below list gives you an idea of how revolutionary LED lighting is and how it will be the future of household lighting in Australia and around the world.

LED Advantages
Light Life

LED lights last up to 50 times longer than a standard Halogen light globe. At 45,000 hours you only need to change the globes once every 30 years.

LEDs can have a long useful life. LED life is approx. 35,000 to 50,000 hours of useful life, though time to complete failure may be longer. Fluorescent tubes typically are rated at about 10,000 to 15,000 hours, depending partly on the conditions of use, and incandescent light bulbs at 1,000-2,000 hours.

Efficiency LEDs produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs.
Colour LEDs can emit light of an intended color without the use of color filters that traditional lighting methods require. This is more efficient and can lower initial costs.
Size LEDs can be very small (smaller than 2mm2) and are easily populated onto printed circuit boards.
On/Off time LEDs light up to their full brightness instantly.
Cycling LEDs are ideal for use in applications that are subject to frequent on-off cycling, unlike fluorescent lamps that burn out more quickly when cycled frequently, or HID lamps that require a long time before restarting.
Dimming LEDs can very easily be dimmed either by Pulse-width modulation or lowering the forward current.
Cool light In contrast to most light sources, LEDs radiate very little heat in the form of IR that can cause damage to sensitive objects or fabrics. Wasted energy is dispersed as heat through the base of the LED.
Slow failure LEDs mostly fail by dimming over time, rather than the abrupt burn-out of incandescent bulbs.
Shock resistance LEDs, being solid state components, are difficult to damage with external shock, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs which are fragile.
Focus The solid package of the LED can be designed to focus its light. Incandescent and fluorescent sources often require an external reflector to collect light and direct it in a usable manner.
Toxicity LEDs do not contain mercury, unlike fluorescent lamps.

Will LED Globes fit in my Current light fittings?

YES they will - Our LED Lights are made to simply replace your existing light bulbs using your existing fittings. Check out our LED Products page for the different types of LED Lights available.Each product will be clearly marked with the relevant connection or fitting type (Illustrated below)

There are LED replacement globes for most types of standard lighting including: incandescent bulbs, downlights, spot, flood & PAR lights.

The most common two connections in housing today are GU10 and MR16 connector types. All MR16 type globes use transformers, usually one per light. - For LED globes to perform at their maximum life, dedicated DC Constant Voltage LED drivers should be used.

The more traditional type globes being B22 Bayonet connection type globe, which has two side pins to connect into globe fittings and the E27 Edison connection type globe, which has a screw base now come in 7 watt and 10 watt LED. Our replacements globes will fit directly into your existing B22 and E27 fittings.

LED light Fitting Types - Named connection type and diagram
type Description Application specification Illustration
GU10 Two thick headed pins GU10 is a direct connection to 240v - When 240v (GU10) is used, there is no need for any transformers. Dimming can be achieved by using a dimmable GU10 LED globe with a standard trailing edge dimmer. GU10 GU10
MR16 Two nail like pins MR16 is a 12v lighting connection which is stepped down from 240v to 12v using a transformer - Where 12v LED lighting is concerned, you need to use LED specific transformers for LED optimal performance. MR16  
B22 (Bayonet): Two side pins B22 is a direct connection to 240v. Dimming can be achieved by using a dimmable B22 LED globe with a standard trailing edge dimmer. B22  
E27 (Edison): Screw Connection E27 is a direct connection to 240v. Dimming can be achieved by using a dimmable E27 LED globe with a standard trailing edge dimmer. E27  
B15 (Bayonet): Two side pins B15 is a direct connection to 240v. Similar to the B22, however noticeably narrower connector. Dimming can be achieved by using a dimmable B15 LED globe with a standard trailing edge dimmer. B15 B15
E14 (Edison): Screw Connection E14 is a direct connection to 240v. Similar to the E27, however noticeably narrower connector. Dimming can be achieved by using a dimmable E27 LED globe with a standard trailing edge dimmer. E14 E14
G10Q G10q quadpin contact Circular fluorescent tubes only. G10q G10q

LED Transformers Explained

The brightness, and optimal evenness of light output and actual life of the LED globe is dependent on the transformer you use for 12v MR16 lighting. Generally wire wound (Iron Core) transformers will successfully run most LED globes, however they do not produce the best results - Using Electronic or Iron Core transformers, not only void our LED warranty they also cut the LED life from 50,000 hours to around 43,000 hours.

Please read our LED warranty terms and conditions for more information voiding the LED warranty.

Most cheaper electronic transformers used to power halogen globes will not run LED globes at all. Typical tell tale signs of the faults seen are a noticeable flickering. Many electronic transformers have a "VA" rating or a load rating "20-60" (watt) stamped on them. If this is the case they will not recognize a load below it's VA rating.

In general terms you'll be much better positioned to change to actual LED transformers (also known as LED drivers), this enables you to take full advantage of low voltage lighting and maximum savings in the long run. LED transformers will use far less energy and run much cooler than traditional standard electronic or wire wound transformers.

When using our Mean Well or Actec LED transformers, you can choose to run individual LED globes off each transformer or multiple LED globes. This is simply dependent on the physical distance between your lights.

We stock MeanWell and Actec LED drivers in our online store.

Please be note that all LED Transformer installations must be carried out by a licensed Electrician and installed in the correct manner for optimal usage and safety.

Car LED Lights, Boat LED Lights and Caravan LED Lights

As with any of LEDCentral.com.au products, we've ensured that our range of Car LED, caravan LED and Boating LED is of premium quality and the brightest light output possible. Our automotive and marine replacement LED globes, can simply be swapped over from the old style globes.

LED's are highly desirable in the caravaning and boating world due to the low power consuption and high light output which is very important when you're out in the bush or the water running on batteries for an extended time. In addition, caravans and boats already run on DC power and in most cases there is no need to replace transformers or drivers, simply replace the bulb.

Our automotive and marine LED globes come in different connection types and sizes, the most common automotive LED are Festoon LED Globes, T10 LED, T20 LED and BAY15D 1156 LED Series LED lights. Please check the exact measurements of the globes from your specific car, caravan or boat and refer to our measurement guide on each LED product page.

I hear Some people say LED is too Expensive!

If anybody says to you that LED is an expensive way to go, you're listening to the wrong people.

LEDCentral.com.au will leave the math to you and you can decide if it's the more beneficial route. Check out our savings calculator to discover for yourself the huge monetary benefits to using LED Lights. Its clear to see the savings over a year make the switch to LED the smart choice.