How to choose the right downlight

How to choose the right LED downlight

 

With a range of options available, it can be confusing to determine which light is right. See our easy guide below for help!

 

Wattage

Energy saving lighting is about reducing the wattage used in a light fitting while maintaining similar light output. For example, a standard halogen downlight uses 55 watts, but you can purchase LED alternatives ranging from 4.5 watts to 14 watts.  

 

Lumens

Lumen is the standard unit for measuring the amount of light produced by a light source.  It is equal to the amount of light hitting one square foot of surface one foot away from the light. Essentially, the higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

 

Lumens per watt

This truly shows the efficiency of the LED product. For example a 200lm product consuming 3 watts of electricity = 66 lumens per watt. Lumens per watt vary from product to product depending on the LED chip used, how hard the product is being run, and the construction of the fitting and how effective the heat sink is at removing the heat.   

 

Beam angle

The beam angle is something you need to pay attention to when choosing the right LED lighting for the space. This is as important as the Lumens. Beam angle indicates the spread of light from the light source. A narrow beam gives a concentrated light which is better for accent lighting. A wide beam gives a more general, softer light.       

 

Warm white and cool white

The colour temperature of a product is a linear scale of measuring the colour of light. Measured in degrees, Kelvin, warm light is measured in lower numbers and cool white in higher numbers. It is down to personal preference whether you choose warm white or cool white.

 

Cool white is ideal for task-orientated areas like kitchens and laundries and areas that have a warmer climate as the lighting will help to make the rooms feel cooler. Warm white helps to create a more intimate atmosphere suited to bedrooms and living rooms and these colour temperatures create a more relaxing and comfortable environment. A tip is to stick to just one colour throughout an open plan living area, otherwise the mixing of colours will be distracting to the eye.

 

LEDlux Prime 14 watt dimmable downlights

These downlights have a narrower beam spread, making them ideal for task areas that need directional light, such as the kitchen and bathroom. When setting up for dimming, allocate a minimum of three downlights per dimmer, as all Australian dimmers have a minimum load requirement, and this will ensure smooth dimming. The MR16 version of the prime downlight is available as a direct replacement for halogen downlight without the use of an electrician.  

 

Lumens: Warm white 570, Cool white 780

Beam spread: 50 degrees, ideal for ceiling heights of between 2.1 - 3.5 metres

Energy efficiency: Warm white 570 lumens at 14watts = 40.7lm per watt, Cool white 780lm at 14watts = 55.71 lm per watt 

 

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LEDlux Proton 12 watt COB downlight

A very comparable downlight to low voltage halogen with a similar look and performance . The Proton is dimmable on most popular dimmers in Australia, including our own LEDlux dimmer (link to: SKU 290998). Available in many different frame combinations, you are sure to fine a frame that works with the décor in your home. 

 

Lumens: Warm white 750, Cool white 600

Beam spread: 80 Degrees great for all ceiling heights. Up to 4 meters 

Energy efficiency: 750 lumens at 13 watts = 57 lumens per watt

 

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LEDlux Infinity Mini downlights

Our LEDlux Infinity Mini downlights also have a high light output but a wider beam spread, making them suitable for rooms that need an even general coverage of light. Bathrooms, hallways, kitchen/living areas, the study and laundry are all good applications for this product. They are also IP44 rated, meaning they are suitable for exterior use and wet areas as they are undercover and protected from the elements. In addition, the low profile of this downlight (a mere 38mm high) means that it doesn't require a lot of roof space and may fit into roof spaces not normally suitable for downlight usage. 

 

Lumens: Warm white 600, Cool white 600

Beam spread: 150 degrees, ideal for ceiling heights of between 2.1 - 2.7 metres. As the beam is so wide, you may be able to use less in a room.

Energy efficiency: 600 Lumens at 11watts = 66lm per watt

 

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LEDlux Infinity Maxi downlights

Our LEDlux Infinity Maxi downlights have a high light output of 900lm and a wide beam spread, making them suitable for rooms that need more general coverage lighting including: bathrooms, hallways, kitchen/living areas, the study and laundry are all perfect applications for this product. They are also IP44 rated, which makes them suitable for exterior use and wet areas as long as they are undercover and protected from the elements. In addition, the heat sink allows the product to be abutted against insulation.These products are dimmable and we recommend to use these with the LEDlux dimmer

 

Lumens: Warm white 900, Cool white 900

Beam spread: 150  degrees, ideal for ceiling heights of between 2.1 - 2.7 metres. As the beam is so wide, you may be able to use less in a room.

Energy efficiency: 900Lumens at 15watts 

 

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LEDlux Tone Mini downlights

The LEDlux Tone Mini is the perfect LED replacement downlight for homes with existing 12volt halogen downlights. The 450lm provides enough light for most areas of the home, and  the gimble frame allows the product to be adjusted to light walls, artwork or work spaces. This product offers performance, style at an exceptional price. 

 

Lumens: 450lm for both warm white and cool white 

Beam spread: 95 Degrees ideal for standard 2.1 - 2.7 ceiling heights 

Energy efficiency: 450Lm at 6 watts = 75lm per watt

 

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LEDlux Tone Maxi downlights

Similar to the LEDlux Tone Mini this product is a great replacement for existing 12volt halogen downlights. Offering a 92mm cutout size and providing 650Lm, this dimmable downlight, offers the complete package. We recommend to use these with the LEDlux dimmer.

 

Lumens: 650lm for both warm white and cool white

Beam spread: 95 Degrees ideal for standard 2.1 - 2.7 ceiling heights 

Energy efficiency: 650Lm at 11 watts = 59lm per watt

 

With a well-designed lighting plan you can use a combination of the Tone Mini and Tone Maxi throughout your home. The Tone Mini would be great for secondary areas, such as hallways, toilets, bedrooms, walk in robes. The Tone Maxi can then be used in the more populated rooms such as lounge areas, kitchens, dining rooms, studies and bathrooms. These products offer exceptional energy savings which can help your family to reduce their energy usage and save money. At an attractive price, you can’t go wrong with the LEDlux Tone downlights.         

 

Outlined below are some great LED replacement globes,that will help you to save energy, time and money. 

 

LEDlux Insight GU10 globe

This globe is an economical 240v 5.5w GU10 LED choice for the savvy consumer. It is suitable to replace GU10 halogen globes in spotlight and downlights. This product is non dimmable.

 

Lumens: 350 lumens in cool white and warm white  

Beam spread: 65 Degrees ideal for 2.1-2.7 ceiling heights 

Energy efficiency: 350lumens at 5.5watts = 63.63lm per watt

 

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LEDlux Insight MR16 globe

The insight is an economical 12v 5.5w MR16 LED choice for the savvy consumer. It is a perfect replacement for MR16 halogen globes in spotlights and downlights. This product is non dimmable.

 

Lumens: 350 lumens in cool white and warm white  

Beam spread: 65 Degrees ideal for 2.1-2.7 ceiling heights 

Energy efficiency: 350lumens at 5.5watts = 63.63lm per watt

 

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LEDlux 11 watt 800lm GLS

The 11watt GLS globe is a general purpose LED globe. Perfect to replace old inefficient incandescent GLS and other globe options such as CFL. The advantage of going LED is the average life of a product is up to 30,000 hours, due to the low energy consumption of LED products. These products are designed to replace common GLS globes in table lamps, pendants, flush fitting, exteriors, floor lamps and fan lights. An additional advantage is these globes are available in warm white and cool white options, so you can choose the colour suitable for the application. There is also a dimmable option in this range. 

 

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LEDlux Tekdim 5 watt 435lm MR16 

LEDlux Tekdim 5W 435 lumen dimmable 12V MR16 globe in warm white. 

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LEDlux Tekdim 8 watt 540lm MR16 

LEDlux Tekdim 5W 435 lumen dimmable 12V MR16 globe in warm white. 

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LEDlux 5 watt Micro Chip Dimmable MR16 Mini Globe 

LEDlux 5W micro chip dimmable 12V LED MR16 globe, can be used with most HPM, Clipsal, PDL and Kiwi Dimmers. 

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LEDlux 8 watt Micro Chip Dimmable MR16 Mini Globe 

LEDlux 8W micro chip dimmable 12V LED MR16 globe to suit gimble downlights, can be used with most HPM, Clipsal, PDL and Kiwi dimmers. 

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Energy saving tip:

Use two-way switching in rooms with two exits to ensure lights can easily be turned off when leaving the room.

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