Q. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE LED LIGHT WITHOUT THE "DOTS"?
A. Absolutely, in fact, every quality lighting supplier can now manufacture LED light fittings where you can not see any "dots". This is especially true for the Linear LED light you often see in cabinetry, or over the bench in kitchens. Low quality lights will show bright dots of light, good quality lights will be a uniform brightness along the length with no dots.
Q. MY LIGHTS TAKE FOREVER TO WARM UP - WHAT SHOULD I USE?
A. If you flick a switch and find yourself in the dark for more than 30 seconds, then the light globe you're using really isn't doing its job. LED lighting is instant on - like halogen and incandescent light. Older fluorescent light globes can take a really long time to warm up, and should not be used in rooms where you only need the light for a short time, and instantly. Upgrading your lighting to good quality LED will solve this problem - and save you money!
Q. WHY DO SOME LIGHTS MAKE EVERYTHING LOOK TERRIBLE?
A. This lands squarely in the field of "colour quality". There are two types of colour in light - the colour appearance described above, and colour rendering capabilities, which determine how object look under a light source. For homes, we recommend a CRI (Colour Rendering Index) or "Ra" number of 80 or higher. If colour is really important in your home - especially for artworks or interior designs that utilise colour, a CRI (Ra) of 90 or higher is vital.
Q. I DON'T LIKE THAT COLD BLUE LIGHT - WHAT SHOULD I USE?
A. We recommend that every home use 3000K warm white light - or even 2700K which is warmer still. These colour of light closely mimics incandescent, and creates a cosy feel. The numbers "3000K", "2700K" are temperature measurements in units called Kelvin. This measurement is used to define the "colour" of the light from a light globe. The light turns bluer the higher the number - so 4000K is a "neutral" cool white, and 5000K and above are Cold White light (which looks blue to our eyes.) Interestingly - sunlight is up around 10,000K (very blue), but this colour inside a home is very unpleasant, and uncomfortable.
**The method of measuring the quality of the Colour Appearance (degrees in Kelvin) currently in use is "SDCM". This is provided as a number in the technical information with quality light fittings. For homes we recommend an SDCM <3, which means any colour change is barely noticeable. higher numbers mean you are more likely to see the different colours of "white light".
Q. MY ELECTRICIAN SAYS HE CAN GET THOSE LIGHTS FOR $20 BUCKS...
A. He can't. He can certainly get low cost low quality LEDs for $20 that are called lights, but have you seen inside a low cost apartment block recently? I don't want to live with light like that, and I don't think you do either. It's a question of quality - quality of the light, and of the light fitting. There's always a cheaper option, and you get what you pay for. Save 10% and you're ahead, save 80%? Well, you may want to question that.
Q. CAN I DO ANYTHING IF MY HOME IS ALREADY FULL OF DOWNLIGHTS?
A. Absolutely! Some of the most dramatic transformations we have created have been in homes with downlights everywhere. You are not locked into replacing downlights with downlights. We can make use of those holes in the ceiling, and use lights that will transform the living spaces in you home. We'll save you energy, without forcing you to compromise on your light.