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Help and Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions…

 

  1. What is an LED?
  2. What are the benefits of using an LED over a halogen?
  3. What type of LED will I need?
  4. How long does an LED last?
  5. Will I have to replace my LED bulb?
  6. Are LEDs cost effective lighting?
  7. Will I save money on my energy bill using LED bulbs?
  8. Does LEDLights.co.uk offer a guarantee on my LEDs?
  9. Are LEDs more energy efficient than halogens?
  10. Is an LED higher quality lighting than a halogen?
  11. Does the light of the LED dim over time?
  12. Do I need to install a transformer compatible with LEDs?
  13. Does an LED need to warm up or does it turn on right away?
  14. Can LEDs be dimmed using a dimmer switch?
  15. Do I need a different kind of dimmer switch than the halogen dimmer?
  16. Why isn’t my LED turning on?
  17. Do I have to replace my current fittings to use an LED?
  18. Will the LEDs work in my current fixtures?
  19. Will my LEDs work better in a low voltage circuit or main circuit?
  20. Can I use an LED bulb in a 12 volt circuit?
  21. If I want to install LEDs in my bathroom, what kind of fittings would I need?
  22. Will the LEDs get hot?
  23. Will I have to buy fire rated fittings for LEDs?
  24. Does the temperature of a room effect the function of the LED bulb?
  25. Will the GU10 LED bulb provide the same amount of light as a standard halogen bulb?
  26. What LEDs should I use indoors?
  27. Can I use LEDs to grow plants indoors?
  28. Can I use an LED bulb in my garden?
  29. What colour of LED is best used outdoors?
  30. Are LEDs ‘green’ lighting technology?
  31. Is the LED made using toxic materials?
  32. What is a GU5 LED?
  33. What is a SMD chip?
  34. What SMDs are used when making LEDs?
  35. What does 5050 on the label mean?
  36. What does 3528 on the label mean?
  37. What does IP67 on the label mean?
  38. What does IP65 on the label mean?

 

We have the answers…

 

What is an LED?

  • An LED is a Light Emitting Diode that uses a semiconductor to emit light when an electrical charge is passed through it.

What are the benefits of using an LED over a halogen?

The benefits are many, and they include:

  • Cost effectiveness
  • Long life span
  • Energy efficiency
  • Low heat production
  • Small size
  • Directional light and beam width adjustability
  • Hard to damage
  • Doesn’t need to warm up
  • Doesn’t emit UV or IR radiation

What type of LED will I need?

  • The type of LED you’ll need depends on the type of light fittings you currently use. LEDLights.co.uk provides its customers with only the highest quality MR11, G4, G9, GU10, and MR16 LED bulbs.

How long does an LED last?

  • The typical life span of an LED bulb is 5000 hours, which can be calculated as 5 years of life if used continuously.

Will I have to replace my LED bulb?

  • LEDs will not have to be replaced within 5 years of use if used appropriately.

Are LEDs cost effective lighting?

  • Yes. The average UK home uses £300 worth of energy over the course of a year. When using LED bulbs throughout the home, that amount can be reduced by 90%.

Will I save money on my energy bill using LED bulbs?

  • Yes. Replacing all of the standard halogen bulbs in your home with energy efficient LEDs can greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed per month, which will save you money on your energy bill.

Does LEDLights.co.uk offer a guarantee on my LEDs?

  • Because we are committed to offering only the highest quality, LEDLights.co.uk provides all of its customers with a 2 year guarantee on all of their products.

Are LEDs more energy efficient than halogens?

  • LEDs function at an 80% level of efficiency, while the standard halogen bulb is only 20% efficient. The 80% efficiency of the LED means that at least 80% of the energy used is transmitted as light rather than heat.

Is an LED higher quality lighting than a halogen?

  • Yes. Not only are LEDs more cost effective and energy efficient than halogens, LEDLights.co.uk only offers the highest quality in LED products to its customers.

Does the light of the LED dim over time?

  • Yes, the LED light intensity will dim over time, but because the light lasts so long, the dimming isn’t noticeable.

Do I need to install a transformer compatible with LEDs?

  • Yes. When using LEDs, your transformer needs to be compatible with 12-volt bulbs (MR11, G4, G9, GU10, and MR16). If your current transformer functions on 20 watts, the LED will not work – it will flicker which will decrease the efficiency and life span of the LED.

Does an LED need to warm up or does it turn on right away?

  • Your LED will turn on immediately.

Can LEDs be dimmed using a dimmer switch?

  • Yes, LEDs can be dimmer using a low voltage or trailing edge LED compatible dimmer switch.

Do I need a different kind of dimmer switch than the halogen dimmer?

  • Yes. The traditional halogen dimmer functions on 60 watts - too high for use with an LED. If you try to use an LED with a halogen dimmer, the LED will not dim.

Why isn’t my LED turning on?

There are two common reasons for this:

  • The LED isn’t receiving power
  • The LED isn’t inserted into the fixture correctly

Do I have to replace my current fittings to use an LED?

  • No. LEDs are designed to retrofit many current fixtures, but if you want to be absolutely sure if an LED will fit, check the manufacturer label on the packaging.

Will the LEDs work in my current fixtures?

•           No, LEDs are designed to function with use in traditional halogen fixtures.

Will my LEDs work better in a low voltage circuit or main circuit?

  • LEDs will work as well in either circuit.

Can I use an LED bulb in a 12 volt circuit?

  • Yes.

If I want to install LEDs in my bathroom, what kind of fittings would I need?

  • The best fittings for use in bathrooms are fire-rated, waterproof IP65 certified fittings.

Will the LEDs get hot?

  • LEDs are manufactured with metal prongs meant to pull heat away from the bulb, which means that LEDs will not as hot as traditional halogens.

Will I have to buy fire rated fittings for LEDs?

  • Only in fittings for recessed lighting where the installation of the fitting required the removal of the fireproof material in the ceiling.

Does the temperature of a room affect the function of the LED bulb?

  • Yes. An LED bulb is best used in environments within the temperature range of 25 degrees Celsius – the typical temperature of a home.

Will the GU10 LED bulb provide the same amount of light as a standard halogen bulb?

  • Yes, it will.

What colour of LEDs should I use indoors?

  • The most popular choice for indoor LED lighting is Warm White which provides brightness in warm tones.

Can I use LEDs to grow plants indoors?

  • Yes. You can purchase specially designed LED grow lights that mimic the rays of the sun.

Can I use an LED bulb in my outdoor garden?

  • Yes. LEDs can be used in outdoor lighting.

What colour of LED is best used outdoors?

  • The most popular colour of LED for outdoor use is Cool White which provides sharp white light best for use in deck lighting.

Are LEDs ‘green’ lighting technology?

  • Yes. The LED produces more light than heat, unlike the halogen bulb which only produces 20% light while consuming the same amount of energy.

Is the LED made using toxic materials?

  • No. The LED is constructed as solid state which means it doesn’t contain toxic materials.

What is a GU5 LED?

  • The GU5 is can also be labeled as the MR16 LED.

What is a SMD chip?

  • A SMD chip is a Surface Mounted Diode chip that is 3 times brighter than an LED.

What SMDs are used in your LEDs?

  • LEDLights.co.uk only offers the highest quality SMD chips in our LED products.

What does 5050 on the label mean?

  • The size of the SMD chip in the LED is 5mm x 5mm.

What does 3528 on the label mean?

  • The size of the SMD chip in the LED is 3.5mm x 2.8mm.

What does IP67 on the label mean?

  • IP stands for Ingress Protection – the strength of the casing surrounding the working components of the LED. IP67 means that the LED bulb can withstand the ingress of dust and water to depths of 39 inches.

What does IP65 on the label mean?

IP stands for Ingress Protection – the strength of the casing surrounding the working components of the LED. IP65 means that the LED bulb is protected from dust and low pressure jets of water.