Kelvin Colour Temperature Explained

Living Room Lighting

Colour temperature is a relatively new consideration in household lighting. Forty years ago, a bulb was just a bulb. The amount of watts was the only real decision to be made when replacing bulbs.

Modern lighting, however, has brought more choice with it. The colour temperature scale is a way of measuring all types of lighting technology, both old and new.

Colour Temperature Theory

During the 19th Century, British physician William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) devised the Kelvin temperature scale. During his research he heated a block of carbon, which began to glow red, then yellow, and finally produced a bright blue-white light.

The path of these changing colours is the essence of the Kelvin scale because each colour occurs at a specific temperature. For example, the filament of an incandescent or halogen bulb produces a yellow light at a temperature of 2700 kelvin (2700 K).
The one thing to remember is that a higher kelvin colour temperature equals to a cooler bluer looking light. Lower colour temperatures mean a warmer light.

Kelvin colour temperature scale

 

Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT)

In an incandescent or halogen light bulb, kelvin temperature describes both the colour of the light and the actual temperature of the filament. Because LED’s and fluorescents do not use heat to create light, their colour temperature is estimated in relation to the colour of the light. This is called ‘correlated colour temperature’ (CCT).

OUTSIDE THE HOME

Many people choose a welcoming warm white light for their home exterior. Our bestselling Eglo Riga LED Outdoor Wall Light emits a 3000K light and looks fantastic by the front door.

For home protection, the 5000K cool white Lutec Draco 7.5W LED Smart Floodlight delivers a crisp, bright light, giving it extra impact as a security light.

HALLWAYS

A warm and welcoming light is ideal for the hallway. This is also a common place to find pictures and paintings. A warm-light fitting such as the 3000K Slimline Battery Operated LED Picture Light will emphasise the reds in a picture. However, the cooler 4000K Lucide Belpa LED Picture Light will complement bluer tones.

KITCHENS

Cooler lights are a good choice for the kitchen as they promote alertness.
Under-cabinet lights such as the Cool White 4000K Lucide Kinny are a fine choice for the work surfaces. This fitting is a connectable strip light and can be bought in different sizes or extended with multiple fittings, making it ideal for long worktops.

BATHROOMS

Bathroom lights are more commonly cool white to increase alertness and give your room a cleaner feel, however some people still prefer warm lights as they are more suited to bathroom relaxation.

The Cool White LED Fire Rated Downlight is available in cool options, and can be dimmed for perfect mood lighting.

BEDROOMS

In the bedroom, a cosy warm white light is usually desirable. Reading lights are popular bedroom fittings, usually with a warm white bulb. The Carrie Reading Light is compatible with warm white bulbs, and we recommend the Lyco Dimmable LED to offer a long lifespan and years of maintenance-free use.

 

LIVING ROOMS

In a living room or dining room you’ll usually want a warm, relaxing quality of light – and often dimmable is a requirement for our customers. The iconic Aperture Shade, from Luminosity, is a stunning non-electric lighting solution, greatly complemented by a warm white bulb.

If you are looking for more great information? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

 

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

Driveway Lights – Lighting Your Way Home

Driveway Lighting

Lighting your driveway adds an extra layer of safety and security to your home.

If you’re returning home late at night, driveway lights can guide you and your car safely into position without scraping paintwork or damaging fences, garden furniture, or walls.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing lights for your driveway. The style of lighting you want and the type of installation required is fundamental.

Installing your driveway lights

Low voltage lighting

One of the chief advantages of low voltage outdoor lighting is that it can be safely installed without electrical expertise. This is a good option for anyone willing or able to partake in a little DIY.

Regular electrical current

You can run electricity from your house out to the driveway, but you’ll need a qualified electrician to carry out the installation. Outdoor mains cables have to be buried in a deep trench (deeper in unpaved areas) to avoid potentially fatal accidents.

Choosing the perfect driveway lighting

Ground lights

When it comes to lighting a driveway, most people tend to opt for ground lights. They’re a popular choice because they give the driveway a modern look, are unobtrusive and relatively easy to install. Ground lights are generally sold individually and come in a range of colours and shapes, so you can get creative and add character to your driveway.

Many ground lights can withstand the weight of cars driving over them. This will always be specified by Lighting Direct, so you can be sure of buying the right product. The drive-over Adelpha Ground Light has a recessed design that allows a perfectly flush, discreet installation. With a tough polycarbonate diffuser this light is built to withstand up to 2,000 kg weight.

If you don’t intend to be driving over the lights, ground lights can still be used to highlight the boundary of your driveway, install them along the perimeter of your drive and make it easier for you to park well within them. Lighting Direct offer the great value Edit Monday ground light and the Edit Quad square ground light. These dust-tight, submersible fittings use LEDs for extremely low energy consumption and long life.

If you live within 10 miles of the coast, it’s important to find ground lights that are coastal resistant that won’t damage easily due to the high salt levels. The Astro Coastal Gramos is a recessed brass ground light that is suitable as a drive over light (max 2 ton) and guaranteed for up to 10 years.

Driveway post lights

Post lights are useful for marking out your driveway perimeter, making it easy to manoeuvre your car in and out of position when light is low. They never become covered in snow or leaf debris like ground-installed lighting.

You can space post lights out along your driveway as you see fit (you might want to do this asymmetrically with a long drive—avoiding the runway effect), and even blend them into your rockery or garden features.

Whether you’re seeking traditional or contemporary lighting for your driveway, Lighting Direct has a vast range of post lights with different designs, heights and finishes. The Lucide Fedor Outdoor Bollard Light provides a contemporary lighting solution, with a satin chrome finish and stylish decorative filament bulb to guide you and your vehicle to a safe standstill.

The Edit Birch LED Outdoor Garden Post Light Kit is everything you need to light up your driveway. It comes with everything you need to get started, plus it is part of our low voltage connectable light range which means (with a little of DIY) you won’t need to pay for an electrician to get you set up.

Need more inspiration? Check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

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IP Ratings Explained

Outdoor Wall Light

When shopping for outdoor or bathroom lighting, you will most probably have been confronted by a mysterious IP code that is followed by two numbers.  This code was designed to provide us non-experts with an easy to understand description of how well-protected a light fitting is.

For those of you who don’t have an encyclopaedic knowledge of International, European, and British Standard codes here is a helpful guide to what they mean and examples of how a product and a situation match up with an IP code.

IP Broken Down

What does the code actually mean?  Well, each part of the code is designed to give you information and help you decide if the fitting you are looking at is suitable for where you want to put it.

Firstly – IP

The IP in the code is short for Ingress Protection – as in how well protected a fitting is.

Digit 1 – Solids

The first digit tells you how well protected a fitting is against solids – such as dust, and other objects. The higher the number the more protected it is. On occasion you may find the digit represented by an X. This means the value has not been determined, usually because the product hasn’t been tested for protection against solid objects. For full details check out Table 1 below.

Digit 2  – Liquid

The second digit is used to tell you about the level of liquid protection: 0 being not protected and, the highest value of 8 being safe to submerge in more than 1 meter of water. For a full rundown check out Table 2 below.

IP Rating First Digit

Digit 1

Number Size of object Protects against

0

No protection against contact or entrance by any object

1

>50 mm Protection against any large surface area of the body but not deliberate tampering or force

2

>12.5 mm Fingers or similar sized tools and objects

3

>2.5 mm Thick wires, tools and similar-sized foreign bodies

4

>1 mm Most wires, screws, etc.

5

Dust protected Protected against dust – it has to enter in large amounts to interfere with operation. Complete protection against contact

6

Dust tight Impossible for dust to enter; complete protection against any foreign body

X

Undetermined Indicates that protection against solid objects is not defined

 

IP Rating Second Digit

Digit 2

Number Protects against Tested for

0

Not protected

1

Dripping water Dripping water – no damaging effect when tested against vertical falling water drops

2

Dripping water when tilted up to 15° Vertically dripping water has no damaging effect when the light enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15° from its usual position.

3

Spraying water Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° has no damaging effect

4

Splashing water Water splashing against light enclosure from any direction has no damaging effect

5

Water jets Water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against light enclosure from any direction shall have no damaging effect

6

Powerful water jets Water projected in powerful jets (12.5mm nozzle) against the light enclosure from any direction has no damaging effect

7

Immersion up to 1 m Water won’t infiltrate even when light enclosure is immersed in water up to 1m in depth

8

Immersion beyond 1 m The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions specified by the manufacturer. Normally, this will mean that the equipment is hermetically sealed but in some cases, certain types of light enclosures can let some water in, but in a way that won’t be detrimental to the function of the light.

 

Security, Whatever The Weather…

Anybody looking for a security light wants them to be durable and protected against the extremities, whether they are to be situated indoors or outdoors. Mostly designed for outdoor use, some have a higher IP rating than others, which can range from an IP of 44 to 68. The Dan Outdoor Wall Light with PIR Sensor, for instance, is suitable for use in outdoor buildings such as your garage, shed or porch, with an IP Rating of 44. This means it’s safeguarded against foreign bodies 1mm+ thick and against splashing water. If you want your security light placed in a completely unsheltered area, then the 10W Daylight LED Floodlight with PIR Sensor, which is IP65, is just one of the models you could choose. The 6 rating means it is completely dust tight, while the 5 means it’s protected against pressurized water jets from any direction.

Decking Den…

If you are re-designing your garden and building a sheltered decking or patio area for you and your family to relax in, then you need lights that are protected but not at the highest end of the scale. The Paber Palazzo Coach Lantern has an IP Rating of 43, so is protected against small foreign bodies such as stray screws and wires from entering, as well as spraying water. It is hardy and durable and will light up your decking den like a dream.

Follow The Yellow Lit Path…

Our range of outdoor lighting at Lighting Direct varies in IP Rating, so it all depends on what you want it for as to what model you should pick. If you simply want something that makes a statement in terms of style and is rainproof, the Searchlight Stoma Outdoor Lantern Wall Light will definitely do that.

Ultimate Pressure

If you want lights that can withstand ultimate pressure then it’s best to go for models such as the Arigo LED Garden Spotlight or the Robus Garland Walkover Lights. Both have an IP Rating of 68, the highest on the scale, meaning they are completely dust tight and can withstand continuous immersion in water in excess of 1 metre. This makes them ideal for lighting up your garden path or pond or water feature. It is always best however, to check manufacturer’s instructions to ensure your chosen lights are suitable, i.e. placing in a swimming pool.

If you’re still unsure of what IP Rating to go for, you can always get in contact with our experienced sales team who will be able to assist with any queries you have.

Otherwise…

Looking for inspiration or more guidance? Check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

The Diamond X Collection: Exceptional LED Bathroom mirrors

Bathroom Mirror Light

Designed with style and functionality in mind, the Diamond X Collection takes bathroom mirror lighting to the next level. Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and boasting an array of additional features such as shaver and charging sockets, discreet on/off PIR sensors, and soft close hinges, a Diamond X is much more than just a mirror.

Additionally, Diamond X mirrors are manufactured from high grade aluminium, meaning they will never rust, and LED technology ensures the built-in lights will not let you down. The collection also includes both mains-powered and battery-operated mirrors, making it easy for anyone to enjoy these mirrors, even in hard to reach spaces.

Here are 3 of our favourite mirrors from the Diamond X collection, available now at Lighting Direct.

1. Diamond X Noble LED mirror cabinet

The Diamond X Noble LED illuminated mirror cabinet encases two adjustable shelves, lighting, and an internal mirror making it an ideal place to store away toiletries, medicines, and grooming products. The built-in demister pad prevents the mirror steaming up and its lights are easily adjusted via the discreet on/off PIR sensor that is hidden underneath the mirror.

Diamond X Noble LED mirror cabinet

2. Diamond X Myrna Edge LED mirror light

If your bathroom would benefit from a little more edge, then the Myrna mirror might be everything you are looking for. Enjoy salon quality grooming and makeup application in this cool white LED-framed mirror, complete with demisting technology and a motion sensored power switch.

Diamond X Myrna Edge LED mirror light

3. Diamond X Bella battery operated LED mirror light

The Diamond X Bella mirror is a simple and elegant wall-mount mirror, featuring 48 cool white LED bulbs. It is battery operated and turns on and off easily with a quick tug from the hidden pull cord for a quick and fuss-free integration into any bathroom.

Diamond X Bella battery operated LED mirror light

Every product in the Diamond X collection is built to last, supplied with a ten year manufacturer’s guarantee. The mirrors are technically advanced, elegant, and practical, resulting in a functional home accessory that adds visual impact to the space which it occupies.

To browse the complete collection available at Lighting Direct, visit https://www.lighting-direct.co.uk/brands/diamondxcollection.html

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

What are Edison bulbs?

Ceiling Lights

Edison light bulbs – also known as decorative filament bulbs, or vintage light bulbs – describe an incandescent style of lamp made popular by the Edison Electric Light Company at the turn of the 20th century. Edison bulbs are easily recognised by the intricate designs of their internal filaments; and for the warm golden-yellow light they emit. Designed to be on show, these bulbs are best suited to exposed fittings such as lanterns, open wall lights, and hanging pendants.

Edit Spider ceiling pendant with decorative bulb

The earliest Edison bulbs housed a carbonized bamboo filament, which was later replaced with a more efficient and longer lasting tungsten filament. Extremely long and winding filaments were used to ensure a sufficient amount of light emission from the bulb, and this remained the case until more efficiently wound tungsten filaments were incorporated into the designs. The introduction of a neutral gas to the bulb also helped to increase brightness and lifespan.

In the 1980s, these antique-styled bulbs were extremely popular amongst collectors and prop houses. This remained the case up until the 21st century, when a new Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) placed a ban on low-efficiency lighting, and pushed for alternative fluorescent bulbs. Edison-style light bulbs were not included within the ban but were listed under “specialty lighting”. For those who didn’t appreciate the shape and cool light light produced by fluorescent lamps, the Edison bulb provided an attractive alternative.

Today, Edison bulbs continue to grow in popularity due to the fact they look great and can be utilized in any style of interior, from industrial-styled spaces, to sleek and contemporary homes. Whether you are looking to create an eye-catching lighting feature or simply add a comforting and cosy glow to a space in your home, Edison bulbs are the perfect choice.

Lucide Cubico table lamp paired with decorative filament globe bulb

LED Edison bulbs

In more recent years, the rise of LED technology has led to the production of LED Edison bulbs, which boast similar aesthetic appeal, with the added benefits of lower power consumption and a longer lifespan than their traditional alternatives. These decorative LED bulbs are available in a variety of shapes and styles, including popular squirrel cage, globe, and candle designs.

LED squirrel cage bulb with decorative criss-cross LED filament

LED Edison bulbs are more than a passing trend – their warmth and vintage appeal make them the perfect choice for any interior space. With a variety of shapes, sizes, and colour temperatures to choose from, LED Edison bulbs deliver the best of both worlds: the stunning vintage style and warmth of an incandescent, met with the energy savings of LED. Click here to view our full range of decorative filament bulbs.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

Dimmers – how to avoid flickering or buzzing

Dimmer Switch

Dimmers allow you to achieve the exact light level that you desire in a room and consequently alter the mood to whatever you choose.

There are various types of dimming options available, but the most popular are ‘phase control’ (or phase-cut) dimmers which by ‘chopping out’ parts of the voltage and so reduce power to the light bulb or lamp.

There are two types of phase control dimmer available, ‘trailing-edge’ and ‘leading-edge’, and they work in different ways which ultimately affects their compatibility with certain lightbulbs:

Leading-edge dimmers

Leading-edge dimmer switches are cheaper and simpler than trailing-edge, and were used originally to dim incandescent and halogen bulbs or wirewound magnetic transformers.

Many existing leading-edge dimmer switches have a relatively high minimum load, which often rules out their use with modest LED lighting circuits. However, leading-edge dimmers are by far the most common dimming control in existence.

One example of an excellent leading-edge dimmer switch is the BG Screwless 1-Gang 2-Way 400W Dimmer

Trailing-edge Dimmers

Trailing-edge dimmers are more sophisticated than leading-edge dimmers, and usually provide a much smoother dimming control, absent of any buzzing noise, and are ideal for use in most homes.

A trailing-edge dimmer has a lower minimum load (often 10W or below) than leading-edge dimmers, making it a better choice for dimming modestly sized low-powered lighting circuits.

Particularly beneficial for incandescent and halogen bulbs is the ‘soft start’ feature in trailing-edge dimmers, which prevents filament bulbs from dying or exploding of thermal shock when first switched on.

LED lights and dimming

Unlike incandescent bulbs, which are all dimmable by default, LED bulbs have a built-in driver in their base. The driver converts AC power to DC power and maintains a constant current to the LED. This is at odds with a phase control dimming system, since the driver attempts to compensate for the sliced-out portions of input voltage.

LED fixtures such as downlights usually include the LED driver, either of a ‘constant current’ or ‘constant voltage’ type, depending on the LED array design. In either case, the same issue arises: the LED driver or power supply will try to patch up the missing parts of input voltage. In theory, LEDs should be fully dimmable, and normally they are – provided they are paired with a compatible driver.

However, widespread LED compatibility problems exist, and often supposedly dimmable LED driver designs only work with selective dimming control systems. These problems show up in a number of ways, including flickering, flashing, and dead travel.

How to avoid LED dimmer compatibility issues

For an LED lightbulb to work with a phase control dimmer, the electronics of its driver must be compatibly adapted.

Leading-edge dimmer switches are sometimes called ‘incandescent dimmers’, because they were originally designed to handle the resistive load of incandescent light. Existing dimmer switches tend to have high minimum loads and may require multiple LED lamps in order to even have a chance of working.

For an increased chance of compatibility, trailing-edge dimmer switches tend to work better with the capacitive load of an LED driver. The Varilight V-Pro LED Dimmer 1 x 300W is from the award-winning V-Pro range. It has an industry-wide reputation for delivering one of the best LED dimming performances available.

Research & Investment

If you’re installing a dimmable LED circuit from scratch, it’s worth checking out the bulbs that you’re likely to use and then look for a list of tested dimmer switches. Most leading bulb manufacturers test their dimmable lamps with a variety of switches and publish lists of known compatible models.

Similarly, you can upgrade your existing dimmers and so avoid compatibility headaches. What’s more, such an investment is likely to extend the lifespan of the lamps you buy, giving you an added incentive.

Remember, also, that LED bulbs are more complex than incandescent, so sticking to the same model of bulb is advisable when you find a winning formula. Once you have everything working, the many benefits of LED dimming will become apparent and transform the lighting in your home!

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

What are lumens and why should I care?

Decorative Filament

When comparing different light bulbs, most people look at wattage as a measure of brightness. However, due to the widespread adoption of LED technology, this unit of measurement is becoming less and less relevant; now, it’s all about the lumens.

So what are ‘lumens’?

Lumens are defined as “a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions“. Great, but what does that actually mean? Put simply, lumens measure the total amount of light produced by a light source; in other words, the brightness of the light.

Lumens Vs. Watts

Watts measure the amount of energy that is used by a light bulb to produce light. However, with bulbs becoming more energy efficient, this measurement does not always provide an accurate steer on levels of brightness. And then when you consider that the sole purpose of a light bulb is to illuminate an area, it makes perfect sense to compare different bulbs based on the level of light they produce – and not the energy they use.

Low energy LED bulbs, for example, are able to produce a higher light output without using as much power; a 6.5W LED bulb will give a similar light output to a 50W halogen bulb! In this scenario, if you were comparing the wattages of both bulbs you would think the halogen bulb was far brighter due to the higher wattage, however this is not the case.

As helpful pointer, many LED bulbs come with an equivalent watt specification that make it easier to compare ‘old’ bulbs with ‘new’ ones; however, remember that this is only an approximate comparison.

A technical point: lumens and useful lumens

When comparing lumens levels, it is important to understand that they are measured differently across the various styles of bulbs. When measuring lumens for non-directional bulbs such as globe, golfball, or candle shaped bulbs, the lumens output is measured in all directions. However, with directional bulbs, such as spotlights, some of the light produced may be ‘wasted’, but is still counted in the total lumens rating.

To allow for an easier comparison between bulbs, a useful lumens rating was introduced. This rating only measures light that is released in a 90° cone from the centre of the bulb, ignoring any spilt or ‘wasted’ light. When comparing the lumens rating vs. the useful lumens rating, you will notice that the useful lumens rating is lower. However, this measurement is far more accurate for spotlights as the light is only emitted in one direction.

Hmm. How many lumens do I need?

Each room around your home will have its own lighting needs, and therefore varying levels of lumens will be required in order to achieve your desired lighting effects. Unfortunately, there isn’t an exact science around the number of lumens required as the room size, ceiling height, and colour scheme will all impact the number of lumens needed in each room. For example, a large room with a high ceiling and dark walls will require a higher number of lumens compared to a smaller, lighter room.

As a useful steer, take a look at this cheat sheet:

How many lumens will i need?

For the energy conscious among us, wattage will always be an important measurement of how energy efficient a bulb is. However, if you want a true understanding of how bright your bulb will be, then make sure you keep a close eye on your lumens.

To find out more about lumens check out of handy video below:

 

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

LED Conversion – Switch to LED

LED Conversion – Switch To LED

Would you like guaranteed cost savings on your energy bills? And reduced maintenance costs for your home? All without having to call an electrician?

Then switch to LED bulbs. Today.

Put simply, LEDs, with their extremely long life-span and energy efficient technology will give you up to 90% energy saving. And you’ll only have to buy one LED bulb for every seven halogen bulbs that blow – or every ten bulbs if you’re looking to replace incandescent bulbs.

What’s more – it’s easy to switch to LED bulbs – you can do it yourself and start benefit from an instant saving.

Does it just feel wrong to change a bulb that hasn’t blown?

Well, the savings you’ll get from reducing your energy bills after installing LEDs will definitely help you to feel better about getting rid of a ‘perfectly good lightbulb’. The Megaman 3.5W Warm White LED Candle Bulb offers an 80% energy saving over its halogen alternative, and is ideal as a classic lampshade bulb that offers an average lifespan of around nine years! Another good choice for regular home lighting is the dimmable Crompton 7.5W Warm White LED Decorative Filament GLS Bulb – bayonet fit (also available in screw cap). This bulb produces a glowing warm white light perfectly suited to any room in your home – especially dining rooms and bedrooms.

But don’t they take a long time to ‘get light’?

Not any more – most LEDs now provided immediate full brightness with no warm-up time, so no gloomy rooms or dark corners! Plus you can now get dimmable bulbs in a range of shapes and caps – including GU10s and GLS bayonets. If you’ve got a narrow or small space such as a hallway or recess to light, the Envirolight 5W Warm White LED MR16 Bulb is ideal. Compatible with a large number of spotlight and downlight fittings, this 5W bulb is a natural fit when it comes to replacing your existing 35W halogen MR16 bulbs.

Or if you’re looking to install a track lighting system for brightening corridors, stairways, hallways, or display cases and cabinets, the Luceco Warm White Dimmable LED GU10 Bulb – Flood Beam is an ideal low-voltage halogen replacement, with an astounding 25,000 hours of uninterrupted output.

LED lighting is cool. Literally.

Remember that LED bulbs remain cool to the touch even after use as they don’t waste energy producing unwanted heat. The Philips 8W Corepro Warm White LED GLS Bulb – bayonet fit and screw cap is a great general-purpose lightbulb that can last up to 15 times longer than its incandescent equivalent. And with an average longevity of 15,000 hours per bulb, you’ll be able to spend time enjoying your bulb, not changing your bulb!

Working from home?

In a home office, a phenomenal amount of heat is dished out by electrical equipment – including your lights. Why not avoid the sauna effect and keep refreshed with the affordable Luceco 5W Daylight LED GU10 Bulb – Flood Beam? And with a ‘daylight’ colour (instead of ‘warm white’ or ‘cool white’) you’ll add a fresher, brighter feel to your workspace.

Ready to make the switch?

Then take a look at our full range of LED bulbs and LED lighting – remember all our fittings come with FREE delivery!

If you’d prefer to talk to one of our advisors, then give us a ring from 9am – 6pm on 0843 317 7824. Or look through our Lighting Ideas section for inspiration and guidance on how to light your home.

It’s as simple as changing a light bulb.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

Plug And Play Lights – An Introduction

The right lighting can help to create the perfect garden atmosphere, and thanks to the wonders of Plug and Play lights, installing your outdoor lighting system couldn’t be easier – in fact, all you need is a screwdriver.

Plug and Play garden lighting is so safe and simple to set up anyone can do it – there’s no need for an electrician, and you don’t need any special tools. The fact that they are low voltage means there’s no danger to children and pets, and watertight screw connectors are used throughout.

How Does It Work?

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Plug-and-Play-infographic

Essentials

In order to setup your Plug & Play Lighting system, essentially you will need 3 components:

  • Choose your combination of lights. Feel free to mix and match too – because everything links to the same main connecting cable, there’s no need to worry about compatibility.
  • Choose the correct transformer. The next step is to add up the wattages of the individual lights to work out how much power you need in total. Transformers are available in 22W, 60W and 150W wattages to suit different needs. The required wattage of the transformer needs to be greater than the total combined wattage of all the lights you have selected.
  • Choose your main connecting cable, either 10m with 4 ports or 15m with 6 ports.

From there it’s simply a matter of running the main connecting cable through the garden and attaching the connectors on to the individual fittings. Extension cables and extra connectors can be added separately if required.

Depending on the individual plug and play lights you select you may need a screwdriver to attach the lights to their fittings, and you may want to bury the cables in the ground or out of sight (though this is by no means necessary), but besides from plugging it into the mains you’re all done – your Plug and Play lights are ready to go!

Optional Extras

To give extra flexibility to your Plug & Play Lighting system, you can also choose from a range of additional extras including: 3 way connector, PIR sensor, dusk to dawn sensor, extension cables and remote controls.

 

Plug And Play Lights: Your Options

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The beauty of the Plug and Play lighting system is that you can choose from a wide range of lighting products and connect them to the same system.

    • Spotlights: available in a range of sizes and materials, spotlights are ideal for illuminating specific areas of the garden you want to draw attention to. A classic example is the Catalpa Spotlight Single Extension. This durable and robust fitting is perfect for adding atmospheric illumination to your garden.

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    • Uplighters: a more subtle approach than spotlights is to use uplighting to draw attention to specific details and features of your garden from below. Take the Cylon Square Garden Light a compact and contemporary fitting. It’s a great little accent light that will add depth and character.

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    • Post lighting: vertical post lights are perfect for illuminating pathways or placing between plants. The wide range of available options include halogen, LED and light bulb posts. The Albus LED Garden Light is an excellent choice for lining path or driveways and is also very suitable for incorporating into a patio design.

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    • Wall lighting: for illuminating a whole area of the garden rather than drawing attention to a single feature, wall lights are the way to go as the lights are fixed to a higher position than ground-based alternatives. The Callisto LED Garden Wall Light for example has traditional charm and would look gorgeous next to a large oak door nested in ivy.

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    • Deck Lights are the perfect way to highlight your decking area with style and poise. If you have taken the time and effort to lay your decking yourself you can finish the job without the need for an electrician with plug and play lighting. The Umbra Deck Light is a great example of this type of easy to install ground light.

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  • Atmospheric lighting: strategically placed LED or halogen-based atmospheric lights – such as in trees or along pathways – can finish things off nicely and help create the perfect mood in your garden. The Alder LED Spotlights – Set of 3 are stake lights that are really easy to reposition as required. They are great when sited in flowerbeds to show off everything that is in bloom after dark.

 

Plug And Play At The End Of The Day

It’s fair to say that Plug and Play Lights mean you can create a truly illuminated garden for everyone to enjoy safe in the knowledge that it won’t cost the earth (financially or environmentally) and it can be done with minimal effort.

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Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

The Ultimate LED Picture Lights

The Ultimate Cordless Dimmable LED Picture Light is a great example of brilliant simplicity. In fact it’s so good it’s proving to be one of our most popular products ever. It delivers just about everything you could ever want from a picture light; perfect control, great flexibility, fantastic versatility, beautiful looks and surprising longevity. However you may simply want to check out our full range of picture lights.

Why Is It The Ultimate?

Picture Perfect

The Ultimate Cordless Dimmable LED Picture Light is perfect for showing off your paintings and photographs. Because it uses LED technology there’s no risk to your pictures. Unlike standard fluorescent or incandescent bulbs LED’s don’t produce heat or UV light both of which can age the images on display. Fluorescent lighting is particularly bad for pictures as they generally emit an even higher level of UV than their incandescent counterparts. Ultimately it’s best to avoid both if possible.

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Effortless Control

Thanks to its remote control you can adjust the level of illumination that your Ultimate Cordless Dimmable LED Picture Light provides, allowing you to set the ambiance for your display. A single remote can control multiple lights, so you don’t need a number of different remote units for your picture lighting.

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Looking Good

Not only will these lights make your pictures look their best but they’re extremely good-looking as well. We’ve just added the new Satin Nickel finish to our existing range of Antique Brass or Polished Brass options so whether you’re looking for something traditional or more modern we have a choice of styles that will work with any decor. And as we’re the exclusive UK stockist of the Ultimate Cordless Dimmable LED Picture Light you know where to come to get everything you need.

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Easy To Install

Using the word install is a bit misleading as there is little installation required. All you need to do is select which picture or feature you want to show off and then screw the picture light to the wall, that’s it! So you no longer have to think about calling an electrician to wire in a new fitting, or have the location of your pictures dictated by an existing light fitting; you have complete control over where they go.

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Long Lasting Light

The running costs of this Picture Light is very low. Powered by 4 standard D batteries for the light and 2 x AAA batteries for the remote each light will run for over 100 hours or more if you don’t have it on the brightest setting. It’s completely up to you what setting you have the light on and a simple touch of a button will allow you to restore it to full brightness.

 

These picture lights are great for illuminating paintings and photographs up to 3 feet wide but they are also ideal for smaller pictures as well and will fit conveniently where needed.

When it comes to lighting artwork and pictures the Ultimate Cordless Dimmable LED Picture Light really lives up to its name!

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Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.