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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. A standard halogen downlight uses 55 watts, while LED alternatives range from 4.5 watts to 14 watts.  

 

Lumens

Lumens measure 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. 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

When choosing the right LED lighting for the space, the beam angle 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 measures the colour of light in units known as the Kelvin. Warm light is measured in lower numbers and cool white in higher numbers. Whether you choose warm white or cool white is a personal preference.

 

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 creates a more intimate and relaxing atmosphere suited to bedrooms and living rooms. We recommend sticking to just one colour throughout an open plan living area, as the mixing of colours will be distracting to the eye.

 

Downlights

 

LEDlux Infinity Mini downlights

Our LEDlux Infinity Mini downlights  have a high light output and 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. With an IP44 rating, they are suitable for exterior use and wet areas as long as they are undercover and protected from the elements. With a low profile (a mere 38mm high) they don’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 including bathrooms, hallways, kitchen/living areas, the study and laundry. With an IP44 rating, they are 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 using them 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 City II 

The LEDlux City is a versatile, dimmable LED that suits a wide range of areas from kitchens, lounge rooms, hallways and dining rooms. 

 

Lumens: 800 lumens. Available in Warm white Cool white light

Beam spread: 60 degrees

Energy efficiency: Warm white 800 lumens at 11W = 72 lumens per watt 

 

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LEDlux City II Adjustable

The adjustable version of the City II gives greater flexibility with a tilt angle of 45 degrees. This versatile downlight is perfect for various applications such as highlighting artwork, bookcases, workbenches and mirrors. 

 

Lumens: 800 lumens. Available in Warm white Cool white light

Beam spread: 60 degrees

Energy efficiency: Warm white 800 lumens at 11W= 72 lumens per watt 

 

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The City II could do all the other areas that need good quality light. The City series can be mounted in high ceiling heights up to 4 metres. Please note the higher you go the less intense the light will be so more lights may be required.

 

 

Globes

 

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 globe 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 and is the perfect replacement for inefficient incandescent GLS and CFLs. These products are designed to replace common GLS globes in table lamps, pendants, flush fitting, exteriors, floor lamps and fan lights. The advantage of switching to LED is that due to the low energy consumption, the  average life of a product is up to 30,000 hours.  Available in warm white, cool white and dimmable options. . 

 

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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.
  • Motion sensors in toilets save energy and are very handy

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