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Choosing the best LED down lighting for your room

3 January 2017

Whether you’re selecting new LED globes for your existing down lights, or installing a new lighting system from scratch, paying attention to the LED lights you buy can make all the difference.

From lumen intensity and wattage to the Kelvin colour rating, LEDs offer a range of lighting options to suit any space or mood.

Here’s how to choose the right LED down lighting for your room:

1. Choose the colour temperature

A common question we’re asked in relation to LED lights is what’s the best colour to use in a particular room.
Colour temperature is measured in Kelvin degrees on a scale from cool to warm light. The lower the Kelvin rating, the warmer the light will be.

There are 3 popular colours of LED lights:

 

Type
Kelvins
Rooms

 

Warm White
3000 kelvins
Create atmosphere in relaxing spaces like lounge rooms, hallways and bedrooms.

 

Cool White
4000 kelvins
Opt for cool light in task-focused areas such as kitchens, studies, bathrooms and laundries.

 

Daylight
5000 kelvins
Often used in commercial spaces, retail.

 

2. Decide on lumen intensity

LED lights come in a range of lumen intensities. Lumens measure the amount of light that is produced by an LED globe. The higher the lumen output number, the brighter – or more intense – the light will be.

Taking note of the lumen intensity of LED lighting products is particularly important if you are creating a down lighting design for a room. Opting for higher lumen LEDs may reduce the number of lights you’ll need to illuminate a given space, while going for low-lumen lighting may mean you’ll need to add more lights to achieve the same or similar brightness.

 

3. Select the wattage

One of the major benefits of choosing LED lighting over traditional globes is the energy savings they provide. This is measured in wattage – for example, while a halogen globe may consume around 55 watts, LEDs are available from just 4.5 watts.

Pay particular attention to the ‘lumens per watt’ rating of the LED lighting products you’re considering. Some products can achieve the same lumen output at a lower wattage, which means you’ll get a more energy efficient globe without losing any intensity or brightness.

 

4. Consider the beam angle

The beam angle of the LED lighting you choose is another important factor to consider. Beam angle measures how far the light spreads from the light source and will also affect the intensity of your lighting design.

For example, a narrow beam angle will provide more concentrated light in a smaller area, which is great for task-focused zones such as above study desks or reading areas. A wider beam angle, on the other hand, will provide more diffused light over a larger space. This is often a better option for rooms that require mood lighting such as lounge spaces or bedrooms. And keep in mind that high ceilings often require a narrow beam, whereas low ceilings will likely be better off with a wider beam.

 

Looking to install LED lights in the Newcastle and Hunter area? Please contact us on 1300 766 325 for a free quote.

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