LED Lights FAQ
What are LED Lights?
LED is an acronym for ‘Light Emitting Diode’. LED’s have been being manufactured for around fifty years however only recently have their true potential benefits started to be realised.
How do LED’s work?
LED lights are illuminated by the movement of electrons rather than use a filament which burns out. It is because of this that LED’s do not get very hot whilst in use.
Why choose an LED over a fluorescent, incandescent or halogen bulb?
There are six major benefits of switching your lighting products to LED’s.
- LED lights contain no Mercury. This means that your products are safer to dispose, when the light has reached its end of life.
- Safer operating temperature. If you have ever had to change a light bulb, you will know that standard lighting products can get extremely hot. Often you will have to wait for the light to cool down before you are able to touch it. LED’s operate at a lower temperature, and are less likely to scald your hand when touching, after the light has been in use.
- LED products last longer than conventional lighting products, most notably fluorescent and halogen bulbs. Standard Halogen bulbs can last as long as 3000 hours but due to the extremely high operating temperature, some do not even last that long. LED lights operate at a cooler temperature and can last up to 50,000 hours.
- A reduced Carbon footprint is a spin-off benefit of reducing energy consumption and not using products which contain mercury.
- Save on electricity bills. When using LED’s as a replacement for fluorescent or halogen bulbs, due to the reduced amount of power consumed, you can expect to save a substantial amount of money.
Why should I use an LED instead of a compact fluorescent?
LED lights last longer and, contain no mercury. LED’s can last up to 50,000 hours and the zero mercury content means that they are safer when disposed of unlike fluorescent bulbs which need to be disposed of in a safe manner.
Are LED’s expensive?
Not any more! In our LEDGuy store, we have a large selection of different styles and base types for your selection. Here at LEDGuy, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a quality product for a reasonable price. This means that we’re always very competitive on pricing. We also offer discounts and coupons so keep looking out for our promotional offers.
What percentage of my total electricity usage is spent on lighting?
Research suggests that anything up to 25% of your total electricity bill can be spent on producing light around your home. This is why switching to LED’s has the potential to save a great amount of money on your lighting costs.
What is important when purchasing an LED product?
- CCT rating. This is also known as the colour. The different CCT ratings mean that the product will be a certain colour.
- Base type. This is also known as the connection type. The more popular base types are MR16, GU10, E27 and B22.
- Power (W) consumption. This is given in terms of how many Watts are used by the product. The lower the wattage, the lower the amount of energy used to illuminate the light.
- LED manufacturer. LEDGuy provides only products which are manufactured by a quality LED provider. Some are more expensive than others and the LED manufacturer can be seen on the product description page of our store.
- Warranty. LEDGuy provide a warranty with all of our products. Our product pages contain details of warranties applicable.
Are LED’s dimmable?
LED lights can be dimmed but it depends on your power supply used. To assist with this, when shopping online at LEDGuy.com.au, view the Product Description page to understand whether the LED can be dimmed. If you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via our Contact page. We’ll be happy to help.
Do LED’s flicker?
The fact is, all lights flicker! The reason you cannot see it with the naked eye is that the rate of flicker is so fast. LED’s are the same in that regard.
How long will my LED lights last?
Depending on the product you purchase, LED’s can last anywhere between 5000 hours to 50,000 hours. If you use these in your home, it is likely that it will be years before you have to replace them, based on a standard usage pattern.
If they are used in an office where the lighting is used more frequently, the business will benefit substantially by making cost savings in terms of energy consumption and by not having to replace halogen or fluorescent bulbs so regularly.
Can I replace all of my bulbs with LED’s?
We have direct replacements for most of the bulb types you will have in your home or office.
LEDGuy provides retrofit products for the following base types:-
Simply view our store to see which you need.
Do LED’s need to ‘warm up’ when switched on?
No. Unlike standard fluorescent bulbs, LED’s contain no gas to warm up. The electricity instantly starts the LED – providing you with instant and consistent light.
What is the difference with the colour? What is CCT?
LEDGuy provides lighting products which are classed as Cool White, Warm White and Natural White. Our definition of these colours is based on the CCT rating.
CCT is Colour Correlated Temperature.
For our products, below are the standard CCT ratings:-
Cool White = 6000k
Warm White = 2500k
Natural White = 4000k
*Ratings are approximate.
Differing Kelvin temperatures produce differing colour outputs. Lower “Kelvin” temperatures such as 3000° K are yellow, whereas higher temperatures, such as 9000° K, are blue. Neutral temperature is white, at 4500° K.
Do LED’s radiate the same amount of light?
Our LED lights which utilize around 9 or 10 watts will be comparable to a 50 watt light bulb, in terms of light output.
Is there an installation service available?
LEDGuy provide products only. We do, however, have contacts with local electricians for several areas throughout Australia. Should you require an installation agent, please contact us and we will happily assist you with this.
Do I need transformers or separate drivers?
Most of our globes, bulbs, tubes and spot lights are true retrofit. This means that you simply replace your old bulb with your new LED bulb. When we test our lights, we use transformers which are available in the Australian market.
Some of our products will be advertised and sold with the relevant transformer and this will be clearly visible from the relevant Product Description page.
What are Lumens (lm)?
Lumens are the measurement of overall light emitted by a light source. Lumens are the measurement of Luminous flux and can be seen as a rating on products (given as ‘SL’ or ‘LM’).
What are CE and RoHS? Why are they important?
RoHS is the acronym given to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive implemented by the European Union to restrict the use of hazardous materials in the manufacturing of electrical appliances/products and electrical goods.
All LEDGuy products pass the RoHS directive.
CE is the acronym given to European Conformity (Conformité Européenne) which is a European safety driven directive. CE marking indicates that the product conforms to the directives set forth by the EU. It is not an indicator of the overall quality of the product.
Combined, these are important for consumer choice. Users of the products are then aware of the product status prior to purchasing.