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CHOOSING THE PERFECT PENDANT LIGHTING

Pendants are increasingly becoming a popular choice to creating that designer look in your home. It can, however, be difficult to ensure you have chosen the right light to suit your space. It is important to achieve a true wow factor without having to damage the budget on accessories and fittings. The key to draw the eye to a focal point is in the selection and placement of your feature products

Match the style of your room

Before you go all out and purchase a pendant, think about the current decor in the room you want to decorate.

If your home has a contemporary feel you may to decide to fit a modern pendant a metallic, particularly in shiny and brushed brassy finishes. These pendants are especially pleasing to the eye when teamed up with natural woods, marble and neutral tones. For a more traditional feel, you can opt for a classic glass pendant that beams with sophistication and elegance.

No matter which style you choose to adopt in your house, pendant lighting can have a dramatic impression on your room as it can provide illumination and ambiance to a space without being imposing.

Think about your space

How big is the room? Make sure you are prepared with the measurements, including the height and width of the space when choosing your pendant lights.

Many people opt to place their pendant lights above the dinner table if you decide this the spot for your light, the right height depends upon the type of light youve chosen. There is absolutely no right or wrong, its all down to personal preference, but many home owners do chose to abide by the unspoken rule. That is to ensure that the bottom of the light rests at 80cm above the surface of the table. This will prevent the pendant from intruding on dinnertime conversations. Whether you choose to stick to this rule is entirely up to you; you may find that you prefer your light to hang higher, or lower.

If you are choosing the pendant for the kitchen, think about the shape, something that is wide OR open at the top will provide efficient lighting without being too harsh.

if you have a bigger room, make sure to pick a larger pendant to suit. Alternatively, clustering works well as it involves mixing and matching. Whether you choose one colour across different shapes, or one shape across multiple colours this style shows how impressive a cluster of smaller pendants can be.

Choose the right bulb

When choosing the right bulb for this lighting, think about its colour temperature. Opt for anled globe with a low level of kelvins as it means the light emitted will be warmer. This will help to create a cosy and warm ambience at the table.

While lighting above work spaces such as the sink may require something a little cooler, you want to make sure it provides the right light to help you see and help you concentrate at the task at hand.

Remember, pendant lights are a great way to let your style shine throughout your home – there is a pendant to match every room, every style, every mood and every budget!

LED lighting Tips and Tricks

LED Downlight Buyer’s Guide

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LED Downlight Buyer’s Guide from OzLighting on Vimeo.

This might be the first time that you intend to buy an LED light, so the team at OzLighting would like to assist you through the process. The above video aims to explain the basic terms and unique concepts that you will encounter on your LED buying journey.

At OzLighting we try to make the buying process as painless and trouble-free as possible. So if you’ve still got any unanswered questions after reading this or viewing the video, or just want to delve a little deeper, drop us a line… Our team of lighting experts are standing by and will be happy to help:

Email: sales@ozlighting.com.au

WHAT IS AN LED?

LED or Light Emitting Diode, is an electronic device that emits light when electricity is applied. It only requires a small amount of electricity to achieve a stunning amount of light output. This advantage is exploited to provide enough light to fill a room while drawing very little electricity from the mains supply – up to 85% less electricity than incandescent equivalents. So with that out of the way lets talk specifics.

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WATTS – By drawing less electricity, LED’s offer an advantage in smaller electrical bills when compared with yesteryear’s technology of halogen down-lights. As such LED lights are considered the norm in the current market. Why pay more to run your lights if you don’t have to? They also last much longer as, comparatively, they produce far less wasted energy in the form of heat, the killer of all lights.

HOURS – In fact, probably their most important characteristic is their long life-span. Modern LED down-lights will tend to last up to 10x longer under normal usage conditions. You can find the Average Lamp Life Hours on the underside of the box.

RoHS Compliant LED’s – This means they contain no mercury or lead, and are manufactured in a way that has little impact on the environment. Products that do especially well can carry this RoHS compliant logo on their packaging.

“F” – Some LED’s can be rated to be safely used under insulation in the roof. This can be easily identified by the “F” logo on the box.

Square in Square Logo – The entire LED Down-light and supporting driver (see further on) are Class II double insulated devices, and as such require no connection to earth. This is represented by the double-square logo seen here. To the layman, insignificant; to the electrician, an indication of safety – offering piece of mind that this detail has been properly considered.

Wheelie bin logo and CE logo – The wheelie bin logo with strike-through represents WEEE Directive (Waste from Electrical Equipment ), and is an indication that at the end of the LED devices’ lifespan, it needs to be disposed of in a responsible way. These materials can be recycled and reused in new products. We only have one Earth, we all need to do our best to protect it.

CE Logo – A mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985. Simply, the CE marking indicates that the manufacturer or importer claims compliance with the relevant EU legislation applicable to a product, irrespective of where manufactured. More for us than you, this is an important part of ensuring our product meets guidelines for suitability for sale in the Australian market and the CE logo must be displayed.”

The now mature LED market uses a whole lot of jargon that you might initially find confusing. Let’s take a look at the various terms and you’ll see that they’re all pretty easy to understand once you get to know them…

 

Downlight with Driver

LED DRIVER

Every LED light needs some kind of driver.

An LED driver is an electrical device which regulates the power to an LED.

They are usually found outside of the lighting housing as in this example but can be manufactured into the housing for certain applications.

You should ensure your Driver meets Australian Standards by looking for its SAA Approval Number. You’ll find this number clearly marked on the driver itself.

ARE ALL LED’s DIMMABLE?

Not all LED lights are suitable for dimming. It is mostly the driver that enables dimming in LED Lighting.

Your light should state on the box whether it is dimmable or not. If you’re going to pair a light with a dimmer, you should note if it requires a Trailing edge or a Leading Edge Compatible Dimmer and then match it with an appropriate dimmer. This is usually indicated on the underside of the packaging.

Dimmable Lighting

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATTAGE & LUMENS?

Because of incandescent light bulbs, you’re probably used to looking at wattage to determine the light output of a light source: a 100-watt lamp puts out more light than a 60-watt lamp. With LED lighting, the Wattage is still quoted, expressing how much electrical power the LED uses, but this doesn’t necessarily tell you how bright the light is. So the Watts just goes to explain the amount of power consumed by a bulb per hour.

The brightness, or if you prefer, the light output, is actually expressed in Lumens (or LUX, which is just Lumens per square meter). The higher the Lumens the brighter the light.

You will find LED lights that use less Wattage but can still produce the same or greater quantity of LUMEN brightness. A 13 Watt (13W) LED bulb manufactured by 5 different manufacturers could have 5 different light outputs. In fact, some LED bulbs can be twice as bright at the same wattage. There are a number of reasons for this, but let’s just mention 3 here.

The brand of LED chip contained in the light will directly affect brightness.

The colour of an LED (even with the same brand chip) will significantly affect light output.

The quality and type of materials used to make the light housing will greatly affect brightness.What Are Lumens

WHAT DOES THE COLOUR TEMPERATURE MEAN?

Now let’s have a look at how the lighting industry measures the colour range that LED lights emit. We’re now entering the world of Colour Temperature which describes the color characteristics of light. So let’s be clear, this does not refer to the actual temperature of the light or bulb, but rather describes how the colour of the light APPEARS to our eyes.

This colour temperature is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K). But this is too technical, so instead, the industry refers to terms such as “Warm White”, “Cool white” and “Day Light”. Counter-intuitively, the warmer colours exist at the lower Kelvin ratings.

Lighting Colour Temperature

1000 Kelvin emits the reddish/yellow, very warm looking light that you’d see from say a candle. At the other extreme, a 10 kelvin light looks very cool to the eye, with a blue-sky looking blue.

Warm White refers to a colour temperature of about 3,000K. These Warm White lights are commonly found in living areas like your bedroom and living room. A nice and relaxing intimate hue.

A mid-range colour temperature of around 4000K is called “Cool White”. Cool White is most popular in the more functional areas such as bathroom, kitchens and offices.

The higher colour temperatures put out a “whiter” light with blue undertones. At 5,000K This is commonly referred to as “Day Light”. This range of day light colour temperatures are less common in residences and are used mainly in commercial spaces like warehouses or showrooms, they’ll keep you paying attention.

Examples of Light Colour Temperatures

WHAT IS AN IP RATING?

If you are interested in outdoor lighting, then there is another very interesting term you should know about. This is IP rating. You can see this light’s IP rating stated clearly on the roof of the packaging.

An IP rating indicates how waterproof and dust-proof a light fitting is. The term stands for “Ingress Protection”. What is important is that the number consists of two digits and each needs to be considered independently.

  • The first digit indicates how dust-proof a fitting is.
  • The second digit refers to how water-proof a fitting is.

IP Ratings on Lights

A high-end outdoor light will be IP rated 67 or 68 while a rating of 44 is usually suitable for general outdoor use (though preferably not with direct exposure to heavy rain). Under an awning IP44 Rated lights will be fine. However, in the middle of the garden, garden lights need to be IP65+ Rated.

Angling Light on Features

WHAT IS A BEAM ANGLE?

Let’s discuss Beam Angles now. LED bulbs commonly use 120 degree beam angles. This is suitable for rooms that need an even, general coverage of light.

However, if you are purchasing LED spotlights and downlights, you might want to spend a moment considering if the beam angle is correct for your use.

If you use a narrower beam angle, you will increase light intensity but reduce the size of the area being illuminated for the same height.

A wider beam angle gives a more even spread of light and a beam angle of 60 degrees or more is recommended for general lighting from downlights.

A narrow beam angle can result in bright spots and shadowing which is not usually desired.

However, a narrow beam CAN be suitable for highlighting a picture, display piece or other feature.

Light Beam Angle

WHAT IS THE CRI OF AN LED LIGHT?

The Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of a lamp or fitting is a measure of a light sources ability to show object colours reallistically or naturally.

A CRI of 80 or above should be more than enough for a regular usage.

CRI Lighting

WHAT IS THE CUT-OUT SIZE

Most downlights have a lip that projects against the ceiling. All the other parts of the light are hidden in the ceiling.

When a manufacturer indicates a cut-out size range, he is suggesting to the installer the diameter of the hole that needs to be made in the ceiling that will allow the light to be fitted properly. The lip of the light will cover up any excess space or jagged edges as long as the hole is not wider than the recommended cut-out range.

There’s obviously a whole lot more to this topic, but we think that armed with the basic understanding of the terms, you’ll be able to manage a useful conversation with your lighting advisor. Thank you for joining us and remember that we’re standing by with any questions you might still have.

Downlight Cutout Sizes

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Tips and Tricks

How to avoid ‘ceiling acne’

No one wants dark spots in their living spaces; ensuring rooms are evenly illuminated is key to bringing out the best in our homes.

However, the solution to uneven lighting can often cause greater design problems – one of the most viral can be ‘ceiling acne’.

Ceiling lights are a great way to illuminate a home, particularly with the advantages of LED solutions. The compact nature of the energy-saving technology makes it ideal for recessed applications.

LED downlights are an attractive option for lighting any room, then – from kitchens and bedrooms, to sheds and bathrooms. But over-eager design can lead to excessive use of ceiling lights, and this can have the opposite effect to your stylistic vision.

Getting to know downlights a little better means you can avoid the curse of ceiling acne, and make sure your home is illuminated in the best possible way.

Less can be more

Using ceiling-recessed lights sparingly is often the best solution. LED downlights are ideal for adding quality lighting to your home, so fewer fittings can be enough to really make your room shine.

Bill Noble, principal lighting designer at?WowLighting in the UK says: “One way to reduce the ‘acne’ effect is to think very carefully about the placement of the recessed downlighters.”

“Where best to place the lights really depends on the size, shape, and nature of the room. But if the lights appear to be aligned with features in the room (e.g. walls, pictures, work surfaces, doors, fireplaces, etc.) they will seem less as if they have been arbitrarily placed.”

A key to finding the right spread of light while minimising the number of fixtures needed in your room is understanding beam angle. A wider beam angle produces a better distribution of light, though fewer?lumens are emitted as a result. Doubling the beam angle effectively quarters the lumen quality of the light.

That is why it is important to buy quality. Not only do high-quality lights sourced by local experts lead to better gains in efficiency, it means your home can avoid the troubles of ceiling acne while still providing light of the highest standard.

Find out more by browsing through our vast lighting options in our online store.

Tips and Tricks

3 Places To Put A Floor Lamp In Your Home

A floor lamp is a true multifunctional product. Not only does it fill a space with high-quality light, the lamp itself is designed to be a feature of your room.

The aesthetic design of many of our floor lamps make them great additions to your home, but you may be wondering exactly where you will fit one of these products in your interior vision.

Here are three examples of which areas of your house can benefit from a floor lamp:

In the corner

Keeping the first one simple and somewhat traditional, placing a floor lamp in a corner or alcove will quickly add decoration to what can be an otherwise bland part of the room.

The type of lamp you choose will also have an effect. If a traditional shaded lamp is used, light will be indirectly cast upwards against your ceiling and wall, as well as downwards.

A lamp that angles light in a different way will distribute it in a more direct fashion, so it can be used to pick out features of your room.

Beside the bed

Many people may opt for a table lamp for their bedtime reading – and this can be a great option. However, using a floor lamp instead can save precious space on your bedside table.

Utilising a floor lamp in this respect will also add that design element to your bedroom.

In the kitchen

Why should all your other rooms have all the fun? If your kitchen needs something to brighten it up, you can add light and style by choosing a product that suits your interior style.

Our online lighting store has such a broad range of products, it shouldn’t be difficult to find one that will suit any space if you browse with a bit of imagination.

Which areas of your home need bringing out of the darkness?

Tips and Tricks

How kids’ lights can help cognitive development

The mind is a wonderful thing, and as a parent, you’ll want to take as many steps as possible to nurturing your child’s cognitive?development.

There are many ways to do this, from reading to them regularly to taking trips outside and letting them see the wonders of the open world.

The beauty of it is they never stop learning, which is why it’s also important to make their bedrooms – where they will spend crucial?parts of their development years?- a good place to cultivate a young mind.

One great way to do this is with a kids’ light. Youngsters spend a large amounts of their daily routine staring up at the ceiling, and if there is a fun and playful (and functional) lighting fixture up there, it is sure to keep their minds racing.

Helping cognitive development

A baby between the ages of 0 and 2 years old will begin to interact with the environment, according to?Piaget’s?theory about the stages of cognitive development.

This ‘sensorimotor stage’, as it is known, is when a child begins to establish?a connection to the five senses. By surrounding them with colourful and shapely designs, a child can start to associate these with the wider world, and begin the early phases?of recognition.

During the ‘preoperational stage’ of 2-7, children begin to recognise symbols and apply them to their lives. If your light fitting is of a soccer ball, for instance, your child will begin to identify the shape he or she has grown up with and link it to the recognition of other spherical objects.

Kids’ lights are designed to fit into a range of spaces – from ceilings to walls and desks. So if you are looking for a fun way to liven up your child’s bedroom, while also filling it with high-quality light, there’s much to see in our online lighting store.