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LED Strip Lights – The Basics

July 9, 2012   

FlexConnect LED StripLED Strip uses a series of low voltage LED’s mounted on a strip (obviously!). There are different types of LED offering different levels of light output but all are reliable and cheap to run. As they are low voltage they will require a power transformer (often called a driver or power supply) to reduce the mains voltage to 12 or 24v as required.

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Halogen, Low Energy (CFL) or LED? Confused?

June 2, 2010   

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We regularly receive calls from customers that know the lamp fitting that they require, but find the number of choices slightly overwhelming. Why are there so many variations? Which will be best suited to your needs? Why are LED’s so expensive? Hopefully the following condensed guide will point you in the right direction.

LED

LED light bulbs represent the latest lighting technology, rapidly out dating existing products as they continue to improve. Their popularity lies in an extremely long life span, which can be a staggering 25 times longer than the halogen equivalent (up to 50,000 hours) and incredibly low power consumption. Suggested replacements for a 50w GU10 halogen lamp will draw around 4.5w, which needs little explanation, that’s less than 10% of the power!

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LED Light Bulbs – A Quick Guide

June 2, 2010   

Zenigata 4.5w GU10 LED Light BulbLED light bulbs represent the very latest in household lighting technology. We at YourWelcome are seeing a large number of our customers replacing existing halogen bulbs with LED alternatives. Despite a higher initial purchase cost, they soon allow users to save money on electricity bills, thanks to their extremely low power consumption.

LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are now beginning to develop into a usable alternative to halogen bulbs, they come on immediately, are around the same size as standard lamps and offer extremely long life. The downside of the technology is the fact that they are often considerably more expensive that halogen equivalents and some are not compatible with dimmer switches.

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5 Reasons to use Integrated LED Downlighters

January 7, 2011   

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Will GU10 LED Bulbs Fit My Existing Fittings?

October 12, 2012   

They should do, but not always. The two main variables here are the type of fitting that you are using and the bulb itself. read more …

Which Colour GU10 LED Bulb?

October 12, 2012   

The colour of the light that your bulbs produce can have a drastic effect on the atmosphere of the room they are lighting, so choosing the correct colour for your application is critical. The light colour produced by a bulb is referred to as Colour Temperature (see our guide to Colour Temperature for more information) and GU10 LED bulbs for domestic lighting are commonly available in two Colour Temperatures, Warm White and Cool White. read more …

How Bright Are LED Light Bulbs?

October 12, 2012   

As an emerging technology, LED lighting is improving rapidly. Gone are the days of only being used for secondary lighting, many high-power LED’s are now more than capable of lighting rooms well, with much the same light output as traditional halogen bulbs. Judging how bright particular bulbs will be can be something of a minefield as the usual measure of light output, lumens, is often exaggerated hugely by manufacturers. read more …

How Long Do GU10 LED Bulbs Last?

October 12, 2012   

GU10 LED bulbs SHOULD last between 40,000 and 50,000 hours, which under normal usage will equate to many years of service. However these figures assume a high standard of components used in manufacturing as there is more to a GU10 lamps than just an LED! read more …

Colour Options for LED Strip Lights

October 11, 2012   

TuffStrip LED StripThere are two main types of LED strip that we offer, Single Colour and RGB Colour Changing. The Single Colour strips produce a single static colour which can be dimmed with the correct dimmer unit but the colour cannot be altered. These are our most popular strips and most commonly used to illuminate kitchen cabinets and units. RGB Colour Changing strips are capable of producing a wide range of vibrant colours that are fully user-controllable using the correct RGB controller. read more …

Where to use LED Strip Lights

October 11, 2012   

RGB LED Strip Lighting a BarThe ease with which FlexConnect products can be connected together allows for an almost endless number of possible uses, from obvious home interior lighting through to lighting for signage and motorhomes. Being 12v it can easily be connected to battery supplies for use away from power sources and its adhesive backing makes mounting on any relatively flat surface a breeze. Below are some common applications to give you an idea of how our products are generally used. read more …

Why Are GU10 LED Bulbs So Expensive?

October 11, 2012   

The use of spotlights, or downlights as they are commonly known, for primary lighting applications around the modern home has become standard practice in recent years, replacing the traditional approach of a single centrally hung lighting source. Using spotlights allows for many more bulbs to be effectively used, resulting in improved light levels and a much more even coverage. The downside of course is that each room requires far more light bulbs. read more …

Installing Downlights

September 26, 2012   

Fire Rated Ceiling DownlightCeiling mounted downlights are quickly becoming the standard way in which to light most household environments. Unlike many existing light fitting options, spaced downlights are able to provide even light coverage across a room with minimal shadowing.

The body of a standard downlighter is recessed into the ceiling space, leaving just the lens of the lamp and front face of the fitting on display, providing an attractive and practical light source.

Installing downlights is as simple as cutting a hole to the correct diameter in the ceiling, attaching the required cabling and pushing up into position.

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Light Bulb Fitting Finder (Caps and Bases)

September 26, 2012   

Some confusion can arises when referring to ‘fittings’. A light fitting is the ‘socket’ into which the light bulb is installed. However, many people speak of the ‘fitting’ on the lamp itself, referring to the part of the lamp that secures it into it’s holder. This is the ‘cap’ or ‘base’ and both holds the lamp in position and provides the connection to the power supply. read more …