A good place to start, without a doubt! Well, an LED is actually a very common piece of kit and should you look around your home, you will very likely come across a wide variety of these small but perfectly formed bulbs. The term itself actually refers to a Light Emitting Diode and whilst they are frequently being used in order to light homes and other spaces, they also popularly serve as indication lights. You know that little glow on your remote control? Well, it's more likely than not, a single LED.
Typically speaking, an LED bulb will last much longer than a traditional halogen bulb and your standard life span for one of our Lightrabbit products is an estimated 50,000 hours, or to put it another way, 5 whole years!
Actually, yes it will. We'd love to be able to pretend otherwise, but that would be plain old misguided nonsense, sadly. However, because the life span of the bulb is so long, the eventually dimming is practically unnoticeable and as such, much more reliable than a halogen offering.
Very much so. In fact, seeing as LED's are energy efficient, you too can enjoy a long and low-energy relationship with your new LED bulb. Surveys prove that people who use LED bulbs rather than halogen bulbs can enjoy around 90% savings on their energy bills; pretty impressive stuff in truth.
Yes. The standard halogen bulb works at 20% efficiency, while the LED bulb works at an incredible 80% efficiency – that means that 80% of the actually electricity consumed is used to produce high quality light.
It certainly can. However, in order to do so, you will need to install a low voltage dimmer switch; something which is by no means as complex as it might sound. It is important to note however that standard halogen dimmer switches will not work with LED bulbs, but this is an issue which is easy to remedy.
Wow, where to start? Well, to begin with, the potential perks of an LED bulb over a traditional halogen number include a long life span, an efficient energy consumption, low temperature and high safety levels, a total lack of warm up time and potential for saving cash, not only on bills but also on replacement items. Put simply, there are so many potential perks to enjoy through the purchase of an LED bulb that you will surely wonder why you waited so long before sampling them for yourselves:
Well, an SMD chip, or Surface Mounted Diode to use it's full name is the latest advancement in LED technology and an LED bulb may well contain SMD technology within it. Put in simple terms, the key benefit of an LED bulb which contains an SMD is three times the brightness.
Plenty! The two key ones which you will no doubt come across here are cold light and warm light. Essentially, the choice is yours where these two concepts are concerned. In terms of which is better for your home, it depends on how brightly you want it to be lit. Usually, warm light works best in homes as it manages to replicate daylight rather superbly. But again, personal preference is key.
We genrally recomend that you use mains voltage unless you are using an LED driver to run 12V lamps. Drivers and transformers not designed to run LED bulbs will cause premiture failure and are not covered under our warrenty. This issue relates to all LED lamps and bulbs irrespective of manufacturer.
We always reccomend that you consult an electrican who is familiar with LED lighting products if you are in doubt.
You certainly can. In fact, it's pretty much guaranteed as LED bulbs are far more energy efficient than their traditional, halogen counterparts. Less energy used equals less cash being paid out on bills, even during those darker couple of months.
They do not get as hot as traditional halogen bulbs. LEDs, like their halogen cousins, do produce heat, but because they are fitted with heat disbursement prongs within the bulb, the heat is moved away from the bulb which helps with the longevity of the bulb.
The simple answer is YES. Light is measureed in Lumens. Currently our LED bulbs produce approximatly 100 lumens per Watt. A traditional bulb will typically produce only 10 Lumens per Watt. therfore as a rule of thumb, just divide your exiting bulb wattage by 10 to get the LED replacment wattage you need.
Yes, because LEDs operate at 80%, they produce more light than heat while consuming the same amount of energy as a halogen. This means that they are energy efficient, which makes them the most ‘eco-friendly’ light source outside of natural sunlight.
Yes, in fact, LED grow lights are a very big seller these days and you can maximise the growth time whilst ensuring that you do not use too much energy. In these respects, LED grow lights are pretty much the ideal choice in terms of indoor growing.
Oddly, it can, but this is not a problem as LED bulbs can be used both indoors and outdoors, where temperature regulation is of course far more challenging! Bare in mind however that LED's are designed to work best within a certain ambient temperature, that of the standard home, so you shouldn't have any need to be concerned.
Yes. Here at Lightrabbit we pride ourselves on being customer focused, right down to the smallest detail. Why would anyone be any different? This means that our products are covered by a two year guarantee.
This is a question which is actually hard to answer outright as it really does depend on your fittings and the like. Thankfully, here at Lightrabbit, we not only offer a very handy fittings guide, we also have a team of experts who are more than happy to help you should you be unsure as to what kind of bulb is right for you. We also stock a huge variety so rest assured, we will have the perfect LED bulb for you and your specific needs right here at Lightrabbit.
Yes, you will need an LED compatible transformer for 12-volt bulbs (MR16, G4, and MR11). If the minimum wattage of the transformer is greater than 20 watts, your LED will not be compatible. Non-compatible transformers will cause the bulb to flicker which can damage the fixture and decrease the overall life span of the LED.
Yes they will. More often than not, you can simply pop an LED bulb directly into a traditional fixture. This means that those old lamps, lights and other spots can be given a modern, money saving feel with ease.
LED's can work wonderfully outdoors in a range of situations. There are plenty of LED's designed specifically for decking and the like and we are proud to be able to stock a wide range here at Lightrabbit.
You can indeed, in fact, LED bulbs are a much safer alternative to regular bulbs, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens. The spotlights you tend to see in these environments tend to be LED dependant. Install fire-rated and waterproof with an IP65, or higher, certification, which will allow you to comply with building regulations.
Good question! IP stands for Ingress Protection which is in itself a manufacturer rating for electrical products. The IP rating will detail the strength of the casing surrounding the electrical parts of the bulb. As such, the higher the IP rating, naturally, the higher the strength of the casing. As such, items with a high IP rating will work better say, outdoors than those with a lower rating. The IP65 rating means that the LED bulb is protected from dust and low pressure jets of liquids from any direction.
Fire rated fittings are only necessary in ceiling mounted LEDs where the built in fire protection in the ceiling is compromised by fittings for recessed lighting. Fire rated fittings are manufactured using intumescent materials. While fire rated fittings are more expensive, they provide the fire protection necessary to meet building code.