A Guide to LED Lighting

What is an LED?

LED is an acronym for "Light Emitting Diode" which is self explanatory if you are a geek. Instead of a filament as you would find in normal incandescent or halogen lights, an LED contains things called semi-conductors which are powered by a DC current.

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Advantages of LED Lighting

There are many advantages to using LED lighting over normal incandescent lights (including haolgens), with the prime reason being they are much cheaper to run. With the price of electricity rising this is a major driving factor.

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Dimming LEDs

It is an expectation that when you buy a LED light fitting you will be able to control the brightness via the same dimmer you use with your halogen or other incandescent lights. LEDs use a different method to perform dimming known as Pulse Width Modulation.

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Brightness and LEDs

Probably the most challenging part of buying a LED is ensuring it is bright enough for its intended purpose. It is the single biggest area of frustration with consumers.

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LED Colour Temperatures

When purchasing  LED lights you need to ensure not only will they be bright enough, but that the colour will be suitable for the area you wish to light up. For example, a white light may be suitable for a kitchen but most likely not for a lounge area (who wants to relax in an area as bright as a 711 store!). 

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Types of LEDs

Because the LED form factor is so versatile they can be made into all types of lighting from down lights to strip lighting to individual bulbs.. There are three basic types of LEDs that can be used for lighting:

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Off Peak Electricity

Some electricity suppliers in Australia offer customers different charging tariffs depending on time of day, for example, Peak hours (8am-8pm) are more expensive than Off-Peak (8pm-8am).

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