LED Lighting Guide Index
- Benefits of LED Lighting Explained
- What is LED Lighting?
- LED vs Incandescent vs Halogen Comparison
- LED Lighting Colours
- LED Beam Angles Explained
- All the Hype of LED Explained
- Will LED globes fit in my current fittings?
- LED Globe Fitting types - Connections Named
- Whats the difference between GU10 and MR16
Benefits of LED Lighting
SaveLight.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 SaveLight.com.au
- Its going to save you a heap of cash, and we mean a heap!
- You wont need to change globes for 20 Years depending on your usage and you will save 80% on your lighting bills.
- You'll be helping save our environment
- We only stock world renowned and trusted brands like PHILIPS MASTER, CREE LED and Mean Well LED Transformers.
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 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 || Halogen || Incandescent || CFL || Approx Lumen Range|
|1watt LED|| ||12-15watt|| || |
|3x2watt, 6watt LED||35-50watt||40watt||9-13watt||380-450lm|
|10watt, 5x3watt LED||50-60watt||60watt||13-15watt||500-800lm|
|25watt LED|| ||150watt||30-52watt||2600lm|
The above table is to be used as an approximate comparison guide; lumen ratings can vary between different light types.
LED Lighting Colours
LED Lighting can come in many different colours, the most common of these in household usage lights are Warm White, White and Cool White. The standard for many houses especially in Australia is Warm White.
At SaveLight.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 Beam Angle - 30o 60o or 100o?
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 degrees) and on a lower ceiling or bulkhead use a wider beam (60 or 100 degrees).
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.
So Why all the Hype About 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.
- Light Life: LED lights last up to 30 times longer than a standard Halogen light globe. At 30,000 hours you only need to change the globes once every 20 years depending on usage.
- Cost Saving: LED lights run on 80% less energy than standard halogen lights, and with up to 50% of a electricity bill comprising of lighting, thats a huge saving over a year.
- 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 will lower ongoing costs.
- Size: LEDs can be very small (smaller than 2 x 2 mm) and are easily populated onto printed circuit boards.
- On/Off time: LEDs light up very quickly.
- 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.
- Lifetime: LEDs can have a long useful life. LED life is approx. 20,000 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.
- 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 - LED Lights are made to simply replace your existing light bulbs using your existing fittings. Check out our Products page for the different types of LED Lights available and products in stock meeting your required connection type through our online store. 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 and spot 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, dedicated DC Constant Voltage LED specific 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 10watt LED. Our 10 WATT E27 and B22 LED stock will fit directly into your existing B22 and E27 fittings.
LED light Fitting Types - Named connection type and diagram:
GU10 Connection Type: Two thick headed pins MR16 Connection Type: Two nail like pins
B22 Connection Type (Bayonet): Two side pins E27 Connection Type (Edison): Screw Connection
Whats the difference between GU10 and MR16?
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.
MR16 is a 12v lighting connection which is stepped down from 240v to 12v using a transformer - Where 12v LED lighting is concerned, you should use LED specific transformers for LED optimal performance.