With summer slowly creeping up on us all, have you taken the time to consider how you’re going to brighten up your outdoor space? With so many factors to bear in mind, we’re here to break down the best ways to illuminate your garden. We will also advise you on easy-to-make mistakes so you can (hopefully) avoid the most common lighting issues.
Summer is officially around the corner. With the weather improving day by day (usually), and the days getting longer, it’s finally time to rediscover your garden. Head out and brush off your outdoor furniture, invite your friends over, and truly make the most of the warmer evenings.
Before you start a routine of al fresco dining and cosy G&T nights with your partner though, it’s essential that you transform your garden. This doesn’t have to be costly, or difficult. In fact, adding a few lights to your outdoor space can give the area a complete refresh.
Here at WLED, we have curated a list of mistakes to avoid so you can own a garden that others can only dream of.
1. Plan Ahead This Summer
Before you make any purchases or changes, you must plan ahead. You need to take a step back and really think about how you want your garden to look. Once you have this in mind, you then need to look at where needs lighting and where can do without. Do you have features of your home you want to highlight? Do you have steps? Is there a patio where you enjoy your al fresco dinners? With all of this in mind, you can then get a better idea of how to illuminate your garden.
If you’re someone who spends their summer entertaining others, you need to consider how the lighting will impact those around you also. While it’s great to think about the looks of your home, practicality plays a large part too.
There are few greater pleasures in life than sitting outdoors with an ice-cold beverage in hand. But, after a few too many of these, finding your way gets somewhat difficult – to say the least. This is why you definitely want to ensure your steps are well lit, perhaps with a strip of LED Tape. Why not consider Post Lights to allow your guests to find their way with ease? These simple additions will make the space look great, but will also add a safety measure too.
2. English Summers Can Get Wet!
Living in the UK has its’ downfalls, including the inconsistency of the weather in the summer. One day there isn’t a cloud in sight, then the next? It will rain all day. This is why you need to purchase Outdoor Lights with a protective IP rating – just to be on the safe side.
‘IP’ stands for ‘Ingress Protection’. These two letters are then followed by two digits denoting how well shielded a light is against foreign objects and water. Digit one represents the protection level against objects and runs on a scale of 0 – 6. Zero shows no protection, and 6 means it is dust tight.
Digit two is particularly important to British gardens. This signifies how watertight a light fitting is. This has a larger scale of 0 – 8, with zero showing no protection and 8 meaning the light is suitable for immersion in water.
The best IP rating for outdoor lighting can depend on many factors. If you have a canopy or some form of cover, the IP becomes less relevant. However, when fully exposed, a minimum of IPX5 or above is recommended.
3. Consider Colour Temperature
Create the most ambient light by considering Correlated Colour Temperature, or CCT when mapping out your garden. Cool white (6000K) can give an unnatural look to your home, making plants and greenery appear sickly. This is because it emits a bluish tone that will certainly not compliment your flowerbeds.
Warm white (3000K) is typically used in outdoor spaces. It is a much more natural colour with soothing and relaxing properties. In fact, it mimics the comforting glow of a campfire. This will create a comfortable outdoor environment – perfect for hosting summer parties.
To take your lighting up a notch, browse our range of light fittings that can be accompanied with an RGBW bulb. They will bring the party and liven up your al fresco evenings. Producing an excitingly fun range of colours, you even have the option to control the light using a handy remote. With mode options such as flash, fade, smooth and strobe, you can start a disco in your very own garden. For cosier nights, you can dim the light and create ambient mood lighting using the softer RGB or white colours.
Not only is layering LEDs important for the indoors, but it is also an easy way to give your garden a professional edge. Without layering the different types of light, the garden may appear dull, putting a dampener on your summer soirée.
Ambient, task and accent lighting all play a massive role in changing the way you use your outdoor space. For example, it is great to have a source of ambient lighting that illuminates all directions to help you see when the sun has gone down.
For barbequing or even brightening your patio, use task lighting. This can be with LED Wall Lights, or Outdoor Lanterns, and they will provide a stronger light for those particular areas.
Then, to highlight special features of your garden, perhaps a sculpture or beloved tree, use accent lighting. This can be with festoons, or even Ground Lights.
By creating depth, drama and shadows, you will highlight the best angles of your outdoors. By optimising your lighting design, you can selectively draw the eye to certain areas and create a lighting hierarchy.
5. Never Ignore Safety
We’re sure your front garden is fully protected by using the correct lighting, and if not, read our blog explaining how outdoor lighting can secure your property. Have you considered the back garden though? By adding preventative measures, you can improve the safety of you and your loved ones. This doesn’t have to take away from the enchanting paradise you have created though.
Adding extra illumination will deter criminals regardless. Even if they do decide to approach, the light will only help your CCTV become more visible. For entrance points to your garden, such as a gate, why not add a handy PIR Wall Light? For the fence, you can mount a festive set of festoons which will still keep your garden looking gorgeous.
You can’t put a price on safety, so rest easy this summer knowing your outdoors are 100% protected.
With our company continuing to grow, we have decided to branch out with how you can contact us. That’s why you can now reach us on WhatsApp! Continue reading to find all the essential details you need to start chatting with us.
Thanks to company growth, we can continue expanding our range of products and services –including providing fantastic customer service. Our team have been given extensive training on how to help and advise all customers, so everyone can be met with a friendly and helpful advisor.
As of now, we can even be reached via WhatsApp. With WhatsApp, you will get be able to message us safely and securely, and incredibly quickly too.
The number to message is 07415 233 875, and we will get back to you within an instant.
It is a great platform that will allow you to send us a message, or images if need be. We will be on the other side giving you first-class advice whether it be about our products, or about any technical issues you may be having. Our existing customers can also send us photos of their order in the unlikely event of any issues arising with their products.
We may forward you over to another department, or ask to contact you over the phone instead, but we can guarantee that you will be met with another friendly team member.
Other Ways To Contact Us
It is important to note that we also have other platforms to contact us on. You can take the simple route and give us a call directly on 0116 321 4120 and be met with a range of options, including the chance to speak to:
A customer services advisor.
A sales advisor.
Alternatively, we can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For your convenience, we can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!
Similarly, we have an online chat service found on our website. You will find this in the bottom right corner, and you will be put straight through to one of our lighting specialists.
We completely understand how complicated lighting can be, which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to contact our team if you need a helping hand.
With the declaration of the Climate Emergency, helping the planet in any means possible should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Any change will help - no matter how small, even changing the way you brighten your home can make a substantial difference. This is where LED lighting takes the reins.
Continue reading to find out how you can give the planet a helping hand with eco-friendly LED lights…
Every product we use directly impacts the environment. This is why we need to ensure we are all making conscious decisions going forward. Each and every one of us has a ‘Carbon Footprint’ at varying degrees depending on how environmentally-friendly you live your life.
It is understandable that in modern society people have become accustomed to day-to-day life without having to make a concerted effort to reduce their carbon footprint. However, this has to change. More and more studies have hit the spotlight highlighting the effects modern tech has had on the planet. A recent study from the UN shows us that we have as little as just 12 years before the damages to the climate we have caused are essentially irreversible.
Despite this, why are we - an LED company, bringing this to light? The simple answer is that LEDs are the energy-efficient solution to illuminating any home, office, or commercial space. They have the power to decrease your personal carbon footprint, decrease your energy consumption and even save you money.
Not only will this aid the environment, but the potential savings are monumental. This is because the bulbs will convert the majority of its’ electricity consumption to producing high-quality LED light. Just a small percentage will be wasted in the form of heat, leaving them relatively cool to the touch. Halogens and incandescent bulbs however, convert just a small amount of energy to producing light, with around 80% being lost as heat. This is highly inefficient, and rather wasteful.
Speaking of wasteful, how many incandescent bulbs do you go through? With an average lifespan of just 2000 hours, it is safe to say that you will end up purchasing many of these bulbs. This being said, LED bulbs have a proven lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, 25x that of an incandescent. By decreasing the demand for the number of bulbs, less will need to be produced – again having great effects on the environment.
Extra Benefits To The Environment
Most commercial premises use fluorescent tube lights which are both poor in energy conservation, and contain a range of toxic chemicals. A large portion of the elements included are mercury. When damaged, this can be released into the environment causing ecological harm. This means that the disposal of these bulbs can be particularly tricky. More often than not, they end up in landfill sites, releasing the mercury regardless.
LED lights, on the other hand, are 100% recyclable. This ensures that once their incredible lifespan is finally over, they can be recycled and reused. What makes this process that little bit easier is the fact that they contain zero harmful chemicals.
Making little changes to your life, even down to switching what light bulbs you use, can have a huge impact. Switching to LEDs will benefit you also, so it is a no brainer really.
A study has shown us that if every UK household was to replace just one bulb in their home with an LED, the difference would equate to 447 million trees being planted. For more information on other small lifestyle changes, check out the blog from WWF all about reducing your everyday impact on the environment.
If you have any more questions regarding us, our products, or how LEDs help the planet, feel free to get in touch. We can be contacted on 0116 321 4120, or you can send us an email to email@example.com.
Get ready to spring into the new season with LED Outdoor Lighting. With the warmer weather and longer days right around the corner, there has never been a better time to spruce up the exterior of your home.
We have all the fittings you could possibly need to get your garden ready for a summer soirée or to entertain guests right into the evening. Keep reading to find out more with the WLED garden lighting guide!
For your evening get-togethers, or family BBQ’s, you need a little extra supplementary light to keep your garden illuminated even while the sun begins to set. While it’s true that here in the UK, we haven’t got the most luck when it comes to the weather, we may as well make the most of it while it does last…
There are so many ways you can dress your home. From purchasing pretty festoon lights to hang between the trees, or by installing decking lights to liven up that dreary wooden centrepiece. With so many different options and styles to choose from, we thought we would break it down.
Decorate With Festoon Lights
Festoon lights, string, fairy. All are the same style of light that will definitely add a decorative finish to your garden. They’re the perfect choice for a special occasion or to add a cosier feel while you’re snuggling late at night.
They’re the simple lighting solution with a tonne of appeal. Better yet, they are completely affordable with many having integrated solar panels so they can be charged throughout the day.
They are hassle-free fittings which are easy to install. You can hang them throughout the trees, draped along the fencing, or directly from your house to hang above your seating area. They will add a soft, subtle glow, and all come with an IP44 Rating so you can decorate your garden all year round.
Deck Out Your Lighting
Decking lights are great not only for safety reasons, but for decorative reasons too. They can completely transform and revamp your tired decking, creating an irresistible atmosphere – perfect for any celebration or al fresco dinner party.
The easiest and most discreet way to brighten the deck is to use recessed decking lights which are extremely simple to install. They also come in a range of colours that truly gives you that summer-ready feeling. From pink, to blue, all the way to traditional warm and cool white’s, there is something for any style.
They make the outdoors that touch safer too. When things start to get a little late, and perhaps you’ve been drinking, it can be easy to miss a step. We’ve all been there! With these lights, however, each step will be well lit, guiding you up and down the stairs.
We have a range of options – from different colours, to different sized cutting holes. Browse our range to find the best decking solution for you.
Fanciful Wall Lights
How about a stunning wall fitting to create an ambient light to brighten the whole garden. While festoon lights and deck fittings add a glow to certain areas, wall lights can illuminate a larger area.
For the back garden, you want to stick to something with class rather than more industrialised lighting that tends to be implemented on the front drive.
We love visionary lighting that won’t appear domineering, but will give a lovely illuminated glow. By using wall lights, you can do just this, and they will also last all year round. Even when you are not entertaining, they will brighten your garden on a gloomy winters’ day.
For more fun fittings to bring your garden back to life, browse through our ever-popular range of Outdoor Lights. Or, if you need a helping hand and want some styling advice, then get in touch with our team of specialists. You can reach us on 0116 321 4120, or you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spring is officially here and that means Spring Cleaning, April Showers and a home décor revamp!
Gone are the Winter Blues, fluffy furniture and Christmas reds. How can you turn your home from Winter Wonderland to Spring Spectacular with on-trend illumination?
With our feet firmly into Spring, it is time to make a few minor changes to your home and stay on-trend. Without turning the whole house around and spending too much money, one way to keep fashionable for less is to make some lighting changes.
Usually being the centrepiece of each room, illumination plays a main part of your décor. Not to mention that further using lamps and more, will add to the overall aesthetic of the home.
There are three dominant trends set for this Spring including Art Deco, Geometric and Minimalism. So, we have hand-picked our favourite fittings that will keep you fancy and fashionable.
1920s: Divine Deco
Concerned with the age of Artisan and all things Art Deco, the 1920s was the grand decade of The Great Gatsby. It bought copper, diamonds and decadence firmly into the forefront of anything in fashion. It included subtle nods to the Renaissance period, used Brass accents and spaces were softly kissed by shades of pastel pink.
Draw the eye up with a perfect Pendant Light. The Regina Gold Electric Mesh Pendant is coated in gold and is a mesh dome so you can still be the bulb underneath. Measuring 1350mm x 275mm, it will remain dominant in the room and will add a feminine look. The domed structure creates an inviting, softer edge and will make the space look warm.
Or go the opposite with the chrome Cavendish Acrylic Beaded Basket Shade Pendant. With loosely hanging strings of acrylic beads and then being gently scalloped from the bottom, this is a great pick for a dining room as it adds a regal touch and still is relaxed with the draped hang of the beading. Use this with a dimmable bulb so you can turn down the brightness on an at-home date night!
Your bedroom will be incomplete with the 2 Way Savoy Bronze LED Wall Light. Straight from a scene in Beauty And The Beast, this bronzed wall light has two curled arms and a pull-cord to switch it on and off. The frosted bowl shades will gently diffuse the light upwards and this fitting is an easy way to add some crowning glory to your bed.
Art Deco was the era of bright, piercing light. Opt for LEDs in Cool White to match the period and see clearly in all rooms.
1970s: Gorgeous Geometry
The 1970s was the decade of The Beatles, discos and welcomed the invention of the mobile phone with open arms. It threw geometric prints, explosions of mustard tones and mis-matches into the limelight. With a colour of form of expression and life being something to be thoroughly lived, 70s illumination was fun and the frontline of funky home décor.
With hints of mustard, the Calumet Tapered Cement Electric Pendant Shade has a colder look due to the concreate finish but is made warmer from the strip of mustard along the bottom. It would look incredibly stylish in a kitchen and will add a quirk without crossing into territory that’ll have guests wandering “What were they thinking?”
Sticking with the mustard tones, the Jewel Tiffany Non Electric Uplighter Amber looks like a stunning origami flower. Structured as a bowl shape, this small shade will work in any room. Tiffany style lamps, in general, are decorative and will always pull in attention as a stand-out piece.
With a glorious marriage of colour and geometry, the Anneka Skandi White & Blue/Grey Table Lamp is a cylindrical fitting that makes use of triangles to create a stunning pattern. It can be placed on a simple side or coffee table in the living room to cast some accent light over the space when the overheads are off.
Spring means we can finally step outdoors without shivering! Sit around the Mosaic Solar Light Table Centerpiece LED Garden Dining Lamp after it has charged up during the day with solar power. It’s coloured acrylic gems that will cast a beautiful rainbow shine onto the surface. Hide the solar panel by turning it upside down at night to wow your friends and family.
2010s: Modern Minimalism
The 21st Century has seen a low-key take on fashion and has put a new look to “Less Is More.” With the rise of a nude colour palette, minimalism and a craving for cosiness, the 2010s are looking for a sustainable and timeless aesthetic. There is a universal adoption of the Danish Hygge lifestyle and furnishings and illumination are no exception.
The ICONIC Satellite Chrome 5 Way Ceiling Light is a striking fitting at 700mm x 450mm. With the lighting hidden under global frosted shades, it adds that sleek contemporary feel and will warm up your dining space. With an astronomical feel, it spikes out and stretches across the space.
Take a look at the Goma Light Wood Ring NE Pendant Shade for an added natural element. An open plan spherical structure, this large pendant is made up of curved strips of light wood – leaving the bulb exposed and bring a touch of nature inside.
A fancy and decorative fitting is the ICONIC Satellite Chrome Table Lamp. On a flat tripod base and two arms as a base, a found frosted ball shade diffuses lighting and will spruce up your bedroom whilst maintaining a timeless elegance.
You can also opt for the Kio 2 Way LED Wall Light for a slick fixture. Built like two batons, this fitting has a chrome band in the centre for sleek simplicity.
Find more of what you love on WLED this spring! For any advice, give our team a call on 0116 321 4120 or send an email to email@example.com. Show us if you’ve used any of these upcoming trends socially on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
In terms of the lighting industry, LEDs are certainly the most exciting technologically advanced type of illumination, and are still relatively new to the market. Light-Emitting diodes are an essential element that have been used in electronics for many years. Thanks to the light being strong enough to be used as substitutes, and worthy replacements, for incandescents and so-called ‘energy saving’ fluorescent bulbs, they’ve massively grown in popularity.
Generally, LEDs consume very low amounts of power. Depending on the existing lights and the particular LEDs that you’re comparing, the savings can amount to more than 90% off your electrical bills! LEDs aim light in a specific direction, as their composition is flexible enough to cater to various beam angles, which isn’t something that conventional lights do as they emit light and heat in all directions. Due to LEDs being mounted on a flat surface, they emit light hemi-spherically rather than spherically for energy efficiency.
Notably, the most significant advantage to using LEDs is their long lifespan - averaging around 20 years of operation, with 8 hours of usage a day. This just so happens to be 40 times as long as the average incandescent bulb, meaning you won’t have the extreme hassle of changing your bulbs every-so-often. As well as this, it means you won’t have to buy as many replacement bulbs, therefore saving you money in the long run. It’s a win-win!
Heat is a dangerous factor in regards to lighting, especially when incandescents convert more than 90% of their total energy used to power them - directly into heat. This means only 10% of the energy that powers these bulbs is used for light, again making them a lot less efficient than LEDs. LEDs, however, can operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems because they consume less power and only have under 10% of energy wasted of heat radiation. These systems are generally much safer in the event that something was to go wrong and thus, a popular choice around young children.
Even though LEDs may be slightly more expensive to buy, the intial investment is 100% worth it, due to the lower energy consumption and next-to non-existent maintenance costs. The life of these bulbs helps you to not only make their money back, but additionally start saving cash when the electricity bills come in for the things that really matter.
In their basic composition, LED lights are physically small. This makes them incredibly adaptable to an infinite number of lighting applications and designs. It is also extremely helpful considering the amount of different uses there are for LEDs; from their roots in circuit board light and traffic signals to modern mood and major stadium lighting, LED illumination can be used in any setting. Additionally, they offer the creative direction to set up lights in a place of the home that wouldn't normally accept a bog-standard bulb or fitting.
You may or may not be aware that LEDs are starting to be used for widescale projects, such as civil engineering applications. This has resulted in a revisit to their build and they have now been adapted to be incredibly sturdy. The materials and components used can stand up to harsh weather, shocks, vibrations and abrasion. They can now handle fierce winds, torrential rain, and the coldest/hottest temperatures because of their sturdy composition.
No Toxic Elements:
Fluorescent illumination, which is used in many homes, offices and environments, contain noxious chemicals - such as Mercury. When disposed, these chemicals will contaminate and destroy the environment. Converting to LEDs will help to protect the environment from further toxic waste. LEDs are also 100% recyclable and can cut your carbon footprint by a third. Furthermore, money will be saved on material and production as the demand won’t be as high for LEDs, considering they last a lot longer than halogens.
Who Are We?
We are the leading LED lighting specialist, based in the heart of Leicester City. For years we have been supplying the United Kingdom and Ireland with top-of-the-range LED lighting products and we continue to do so to this very day. We owe our success to a simple, but effective formula: good quality products and speedy service, backed up by friendly customer service and a reliable comprehensive guarantee.
Using lighting correctly can have a dramatic impact on how you feel within that space, and will also affect how you use the area. A good lighting setup will use multiple types of lighting in order to create different dimensions throughout the room. We’re aware that this can get a little confusing, which is why we have broken down the importance of ambient, task and accent lighting.
Layering lights in your home will create a better aesthetic, and can even give you a healthy boost should you take colour temperature into consideration too. We’re going to go through the three main types here with you today, so you can use LED lights to effectively brighten up your home.
This is the most common type of lighting that you would see in any room as it adds an overall glow. It provides just enough light to see and move around safely and comfortably, and isn’t too intense. The effect of ambient lighting should lift the room naturally, while keeping everything relatively flat. As a rule, this means that ambient lighting shouldn’t be used for working closely with things, but should instead be used to relax in areas like the living room.
Task lighting is an efficient way to illuminate a specific area of a room. As the name suggests, it is localised light to help with… you guessed it! Tasks!
Usually, these lights should produce little glare while still being bright enough to prevent any eye-strain issues. This is why you would normally use task lighting for reading, cooking or working.
The best fittings to use to receive this concentrated light are pendants or adjustable track lights with directional spotlights. Even table and desk lamps will be more than effective, and would work well with adjustable necks to allow you to direct the light as much as possible.
Accent lighting, on the other hand, creates a focal point, building on the already ambient light to create new dimensions. It is mainly used to draw attention to specific architectural features, or hanging art and pictures.
To accent successfully, the fitting should direct 3 times as much light towards the focal point in comparison to the rest of the room. The reason why LEDs are the best option to do this is due to their high CRI. In Laymen’s terms, this means that the light will show the true colouring of the artwork or imagery in all its glory, without distorting anything.
Better yet, their efficient heat sinks allow them to easily dissipate the heat that is created while they are on. This means that unlike a traditional halogen, they will remain fairly cool, so it won’t cause any damage.
If you have any questions regarding us or our products, or if you need help with your very own lighting setup, feel free to get in touch! We can be reached over the phone on 0116 321 4120, or you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When it comes to illuminating your work space, it makes sense to make it as efficient and effective as possible. Whether it be in a corporate or home environment, we have all the office lighting solutions you could possibly need.
What many employers don’t realise when it comes to setting up their offices is how important having the correct lighting truly is. There are many key elements to consider in order to boost productivity levels, lower overhead costs, and to keep up with your corporate image.
How Does Lighting Affect Productivity?
The way an office is set out, and also illuminated, has substantial impacts on performance levels at work. Even in a home office, correctly lighting the workspace will significantly improve your concentration levels, helping you to get more out of your day!
Switching to LEDs is the best option for this – for two reasons. Firstly, they run on a DC instead of an AC, eradicating the flickering that is difficult for the human eye to perceive. This is why traditional lighting has been known to exacerbate headaches and migraines, and also be at fault for common ailments such as eyestrain. Over time, this can demotivate staff, causing employers to spend more should they require time off from these issues.
On top of this, LEDs also have a high CRI, essentially meaning that they closely replicate natural light. This allows them to boast a range of colour temperatures, from warm white (3000K) all the way to cool white (6000K). Typically used in offices is cool white (6000K) as it is more of a clean and clinical looking light - which will stimulate the ipRGC receptors in your eyes. In turn, this will give everyone a boost in energy to maximise their capabilities.
Keeping your costs to a minimum is essential for any business to be successful in the long run. Even if you work from home, it’s best to keep those energy bills down!
Office lighting tends to be fairly different compared to how you would illuminate your home for example. This is because it has more of a commercial and discreet appearance. Many offices opt for panel lights like our NXTGen 600x600 40W LED Panel Light.
Using 3400 lumens of light, it is perfect for illuminating large spaces, and uses a minor 40W of power to do so. This is approximately 10 X lower than the halogen equivalent!
There are also other options including Batten Lights and Tube Lights depending on your wants and needs for the space you’re brightening. Batten lighting, for example, is a retrofit fixture that has a wide light distribution to ergonomically brighten the area.
Home offices, on the other hand, don’t tend to use commercial fittings, in fact, we simply recommend implementing cool white bulbs. We even have suitable desk lamps to aid your work. They have adjustable necks allowing you to direct the light, and in some cases, clips that fit directly onto your desk.
If You Need Anything Else…
We have a fantastic team of specialists which are only a call away should you require any further advice! You can reach us on 0116 321 4120, or you can send us an email to email@example.com.
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Illuminating the bathroom is a difficult job. As a room we don’t spend all day in, the lighting needs to be just right to match every time of day and every demand. Not to mention, water and electrics together are not a great combination if it hasn’t been thought out properly.
Our guide will inform you of all the little details you need to know and even some styling tips for your space.
We all know the main advantages of LED lighting like its long lifespan, energy efficiency and high durability which makes them perfect for every room without thinking too much about it.
When planning the lighting for your bathroom, there are a number of factors to take into consideration, including:
The Type of Lighting
IP Ratings Explained
IP is short for ‘Ingress Protection’ and is used to denote the protection a fitting has to both foreign objects and water.
At a minimum, we suggest that your bathroom lights be IP44 for full protection at all times as they are considered as ‘splash proof’.
If you are opting for multiple LEDs in your restroom, you will need to consider different IP ratings for each zone.
What Are Bathroom Zones?
So, now you’re clued up on IP ratings – let’s talk about bathroom zoning. These are specific sections set out in the electrical safety regulations and will point out hi
gher risk areas. Splitting up regions of the bathroom, the zones are categorised as 0, 1, 2 or 3.
Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower itself. If lighting is necessary, it must be low voltage and rate a 7 in its IP against water.
Zone 1 is above the bath or shower and 2.25m from the floor. The fitting must be protected against splashes of water from any direction.
Zone 2 is an area reaching 0.6m outside the perimeter of Zone 1 and 2.25m above the ground. By rule of thumb, the area around a wash basin is classed as Zone 2.
Zone 3 is simply any areas outside Zones 0, 1 and 2 or where no water is likely to be used or reach.
A common factor of LEDs that is often forgotten about is the array of health benefits they provide. Many are now aware of their incredible efficiency and money-saving aspects, but what about their ability to ease headaches and help with your sleep? We’re here to delve into their health benefits to give you yet another reason to switch to LED Lighting.
Cut Out Toxic Elements
A standard component of incandescent and halogen bulbs is mercury, which is known to be extremely poisonous. This means that these bulbs must be disposed of safely and carefully to reduce damage to those handling it, and also to the environment. If these bulbs break or are damaged, toxic levels of the neurotoxin can affect those involved and are particularly harmful to children and foetuses.
LEDs, on the other hand, are manufactured using zero harmful elements, and even have a sturdier build. This means that damages are less likely to occur, and make for the most responsible lighting choice, especially for your little one’s bedroom.
Improve Your Sleep
Arguably the best benefit of LEDs is their ability to aid the natural body clock, also known as the circadian rhythm. This is due to their CRI, which is their capability of closely replicating natural light, and LEDs mark highly in this department. If you use them strategically around the home, you will be able to improve and consolidate your (day/night, sleep/wake) cycle.
The easiest way to explain is to look at the main colour temperatures being cool white (6000K) and warm white (3000K). You would normally see cooler white light in office areas, and even the kitchen and/or bathroom. This is because the cleaner and icier tone stimulates receptors in your eyes called the ipRGCs. These are responsible for sending signals to the body telling you it is daytime, in turn, this increases your alertness and will boost concentration and productivity levels.
Warmer white, on the other hand, emits a reddish hue, overall giving the appearance of a warm glow. This colour temperature in LEDs has been spectrally optimised to avoid stimulating the same receptors, signalling to your body that it is dark. For this reason, we recommend installing these into the living area and bedrooms to help aid in sleep.
Reduce The Flicker
A common problem lighting can cause and even worsen, are headaches and migraines. This is due to the flickering of incandescent bulbs which is hard for the human eye to correctly perceive. This doesn’t just exacerbate head issues, but can also cause eye strain and general discomfort.
Don’t forget about those working with heavy machinery and moving parts, as the stroboscopic effect makes objects appear to be moving at a different pace. This is a dangerous safety hazard that could potentially affect millions.
Thankfully, LEDs run on a DC voltage instead of AC, meaning they don’t flicker, or flicker very little. A full conversion to LEDs could dramatically reduce how often you suffer from headaches, or even rid the ailment entirely.
Keep It Cool
A huge safety hazard of old-fashioned lighting is simply how hot they become when in use. Incandescent bulbs and halogens have been known to cause fires and damages to a plethora of buildings because they are not efficient in removing heat wastage.
What puts LEDs in a different ballpark is their advanced heat sinks at the base of the bulb, drawing most of the heat to one place. Keeping the bulbs cool is another reason for their substantial 17-year lifespan. Better yet, only 10% of their energy usage is wasted on heat, whereas halogens waste 80%, using only the remainder to produce light.
The reason why this works out great for you is that it will eradicate the risk of burns. This makes them safe for use in children’s bedrooms, including usage within table lamps that could be handled by the child. However, it is best to handle the bulbs from the diffuser itself as this will be the coolest part.
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