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What LED downlight lamp beam angle does Ecoglow recommend?

The LED downlight beam angle is dependent upon the lighting requirement (highlight or uniform) and roof height. Ecoglow has found LED downlight beam angles between 60 and 90 degrees to be the most appropriate beam angle for providing uniform light coverage in rooms with standard floor to ceiling height and existing halogen down light spacing. LED downlight beam angles less than 60° focus light in a defined area creating uneven light and dark sections across a room (spotting) while beam angles greater than 90° focus light across the ceiling rather than providing sufficient and uniform light where it’s supposed to be delivered, i.e. between 1-2m above the floor.

Ecoglow recommends 90° beam angle for an even light dispersion.
Ecoglow recommends 50° – 70° beam angle for higher than average ceilings.

What LED downlight colour does Ecoglow recommend?

Warm white creates a comfortable feel.
Cool white is fresh and clean.
Daylight is ultra-bright.

Lighting colour is a personal choice but as we are all accustomed to the warm tone of halogen downlights and incandescent bulbs, Ecoglow recommends the following:

Warm white (3000-3200k) in all living areas: bedroom, lounge room, dining room etc or areas where mood lighting is necessary.
Cool white (4000-4500k) or daylight (6000-6500k) in all work areas: kitchen, bathroom, laundry etc.

Please note, many customers choose one colour throughout the entire home, office, café etc.

Which LED downlight should I choose if I am replacing 50W halogens?

In replacing 50W halogens, the best option is the 8W GU10 or 9W GU10 LED downlight. The 8W LED downlight has a 90 degree beam angle and therefore produces even, bright light which looks just like a 50W halogen. The 9W LED downlight has a 60 degree beam angle. Whilst it replaces a 50W halogen, it is also suitable for intallation in higher than average ceilings or above work benches.

Both the 8W and 9W LED downlight is suitable for most areas of the home.

Which LED downlight should I choose if I need a light which is brighter than a 50W halogen?

The 12W, 13W and 15W LED downlights are ultra-bright and can be used in high ceilings or areas such as offices and other task areas such as above work or kitchen benches.

What are LEDs? How do they work?

LED stands for light-emitting diode. LEDs are small light sources that become illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material.  LED’s have been around for many years and have been used in various applications for a long time. New technology has made them available for everyday commercial and domestic use.

I’ve heard LED’s are very energy efficient? Is this true?

LED lights are the most efficient lights available on the market today and require very little electricity to operate because they are extremely efficient. LED’s convert approximately 90% of the electricity they consume into light. Conversely, incandescent lights use only 10 – 15% of electricity to generate light, with the rest of the electricity effectively wasted in lost heat.  Ecoglow LED down lights, for example, draw only 4-8 Watts of electricity to emit light, compared to 50 Watts drawn by a traditional halogen downlight. That is a saving in electricity consumption of 80-90% thus making the switch to Ecoglow LED a no brainer when the cost of electricity is continually rising.

So what’s so good about converting to LED Lighting?

As well as LED lighting being highly energy-efficient, some LED lights are suitable for retro-fit installation and new building developments. This means existing lights (especially inefficient halogens) can be replaced and/or installed into buildings being designed for the future. Ecoglow LED downlights are also an environmentally friendly option as they are free from mercury and toxic gasses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Ecoglow LED lights meet all critical Australian safety standards. Ecoglow LED downlights can be truly relied upon for longevity and for performance and have a 2 or 3 year warranty depending on the product. Please see each product’s individual specification sheet to view warranty period and conditions.

Are LED Lights more energy efficient than CFLs?

The usual low-energy light technology on the market today is CFL – standing for Compact Fluorescent Lamp. These tend to be curly in shape and give off a bluey-white light. In effect they are the same technology as the neon fluorescent tubes often found in offices or kitchens, simply engineered to fit into smaller fittings (hence “compact”). CFL technology is classified today as being energy-efficient, as it uses less electricity than traditional lighting however CFL is now old technology and should no longer be classified as energy efficient as LEDs are now the new benchmark of energy efficiency.  CFLs also contain mercury and other toxic materials in measurable quantities – they need these materials in order to work. They also tend to be made of glass and if they break they are a health hazard from both the glass fragments and the mercury; this makes them expensive to handle and send to waste. In addition, CFL lights tend to flicker and usually take time to reach full brightness.  LEDs have none of these issues.

How safe are LED Lights?

LED lighting technology is the greenest form of lighting technology today. Ecoglow’s LED lights comply with Restriction of Hazardous Substances legislation and will not explode like incandescent bulbs or shatter and spread powder throughout your kitchen like fluorescent tubes and CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lights).

Does the lifetime of a LED Light shorten by frequent on/off switching?

Unlike the fluorescent lights, lifespan of LED lights is NOT affected by frequent switching.

Why should I get rid of my transformers when I change over to LED down lights?

In converting 240V to 12V, transformers can draw up to 9% more power than the down light alone.  Transformers only last approximately 3 years, consume more power, generate high heat and aren’t very good at controlling power flow making them generally unsuitable for use with LED down lights.

What is the recommended LED Downlight spacing?

For use of 90 degree beam angle LED downlights in new home developments, we recommend spacing of approximately 120cm for even light distribution. Your electrician will install your LED downlights according to building codes.

Are LED Downlights dimmable? Do they need a particular type of dimmer?

Ecoglow includes both non-dimmable and dimmable downlights within its range. Clipsal or HMP utrailing edge or universal dimmers are recommended for use with all Ecoglow dimmable lights to avoid flickering and other compatibility issues.

What is the recommended clearance for Ecoglow’s GU10 LED downlight kits?

We recommend a 25mm clearance from the side of our heat hood to any typical combustible.
We also recommend 100mm clearance from the top of our heat hood from any combustible.

Induction Lights

What are the typical induction high bay lighting applications?

Induction high bay lights are ideal for area lighting. They are suitable for areas such as:

  • Car parks
  • Service stations
  • Roadways
  • Tunnels
  • Under passes
  • Bridges
  • High Ceilings
  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Indoors sporting centres

     

Why replace Metal Halides, sodium vapour and mercury vapour lights with Induction High Bay Lights?

Induction high bay lights use approx. half the power of traditional lights such as Metal Halides, Sodium vapours and Mercury vapours.
Induction high bay lights switch on and off instantly and do not required a warm up or cool down period.
Ecoglow’s Induction high bay lights have a 90 degree beam angle which provides an even light dispersion.
Induction light provides a non-glare, ultra-bright light which is non-intrusive to the human eye.

How do Induction lights compare to traditional lights?

The comparison chart below is a guide to compare the light output between Induction lights and traditional lights.
e.g. 40W Induction is comparable to an 80W metal halide lamp, 80W-100W high pressure sodium lamp and a 150W halogen lamp.

Induction lamp Metal halide lamp High pressure sodium lamp Halogen lamp
40W 80W 80W-100W 150W
80W 160W 150W 300W
120W 250W 200W-250W 450W
150W 350W 350W 600W
200W 400W 450W 750W-800W
250W 500W 500W 950W
300W 600W 700W 1200W
400W 800W 850W 1500W
500W 1000W 1100W 1900W
Why choose Induction lights over LED lights for area lighting?

Induction lighting is the best choice for area lighting. The main reasons are: Induction technology is much more competitively priced and more resistant to extreme temperatures. Please view comparison chart below.

Induction LED

 

Reflective technology, wide beam angle produces great light ditribution. Directional light, issue of creating dark spots/ shadowing.
Excellent heat dissipation – long lifetime. Generates high heat, reducing lifetime.
Cooler to operate- low heat produced; heat sink not necessarily required. Hotter to operate – high heat produced affecting LED longevity. Larger, expensive heat sinks required to dissipate heat.
Can be installed in cool environments and when installed in air-conditioned area, unlike LED’s will not produce heat to add pressure to cooling system. To reduce failure rate, must be installed in cool or air- conditioned environment.
Broad operating temperature: -30°C to 70°C. Withstands harsh Australian temperatures. Restricted operating temperature approx. -20°C to 40°C. High failure rate during Australian summer period where ceiling temperatures can rise to 60 °C+.
Affordable purchase price – fast payback period. High cost, prolonged payback period.
Up to 100,000 hrs life time- twice as long as LED’s. Up to 50,000 hrs lifetime.
Lower light depreciation over time, superior lumen maintenance. Higher light depreciation over time, inferior lumen maintenance.
Parts are easy to change and replace if damage/ issue occurs. Generally whole unit must be replaced if damage/ issue occurs.
Generated light is non-intrusive on the human eye. Generated light is intrusive to the human eye.
Check out our Induction savings calculator to discover how quickly the Induction High Bay lights will pay themselves off.

Payback period is usually 12-18 months. View our Savings Calculator

8 reasons why Ecoglow Induction High Bay lights are superior to other suppliers:

  1. Sourced from a reputable supplier.
  2. Superior design for efficient removal of unwanted heat from key components.
  3. Specifies high quality globe materials i.e. gas and phosphor coating.
  4. Improved globe stability- increased protection during transport.
  5. Electronic power supply re-engineered to suit harsh Australian conditions.
  6. Passed thermal testing- AS/NZS 60598.1.2013.
  7. Passed surge testing- AS/ NZS 61000.6.1: 2006 – Part 6.1.
  8. Passed transient voltage testing – AS/NZS 61000.4.5:2006 .
Which high bay lens type should I choose?

The tempered glass lens is cheaper than the polycarbonate lens type and can be used in most areas. The Polycarbonate lens type must be installed in the food industry, indoor sports centres and any other area where broken glass can be hazardous.

Can Ecoglows Induction High Bay lights be used on a sensor system?

Ecoglow’s Magnetic Induction High Bay lights switch on instantly and do not require a cool down period, therefore can be used on a sensor system. Consistent fast switching of the light can affect its lifetime.

What is the best way to space Induction High Bay lights?

Induction High Bay lights should be spaced according to the lux level required.
Please call Ecoglow today to discuss creating a lighting plan based on the lux level required for the area.

 

View our Induction High Bay Lighting Guide