DownlightingYou can use downlights in ceilings, under stairs, in furniture, in walls, and even in floors (the same unit is then an uplight). An obvious location is above kitchen workbenches. They can be installed in the ceiling above the bench in positions that won’t cast shadows of you on your work area – like pendant-style lights do. Even better, some types can be installed under theoverhead kitchen cupboards to light your culinary work without glare. Downlights can be used to provide a concentrated beam of light, or a wide beam – simply by using different lamps(in the halogen types), or by adjusting the lamp position (in recessed types).Some types have fixed lamps, with their beams at 90º to the mounting surface, but some are “gimballed” (pivoted) so thatthe beam can be directed. Hoods are also available to cut glare and concentrate light where you want it. Most halogen light ranges include surface-mounted lamps to match the downlights, so you can create your complete lighting effect with a consistent style of lamp.Your new lighting can be a very rewarding undertaking. It can make a huge difference to the mood of your home, especially if you take the time to carefully plan.
Precision Power recommends each downlight be installed with its own power plug for the ultimate safety and flexibility. If they are plugged in then it is a simple DIY job if you ever need to replace them or temporarily remove them (say to paint a ceiling). It is far quicker and easier for the electrician to hard wire into the larger connection holes on a socket, than into the small driver.
Downlight kits typically come with a transformer to convert 240 Volts to a voltage compatible for the light fixture.
LEDsLED is one of the latest evolutions in consumer electronics and is fast becoming the preferred choice for all lighting solutions. With so little energy lost to heat and so little energy used overall, LED light bulbs run cool, which means no burnt fingers or burnt down houses. They are extremely durable thanks to their solid-state construction, so there’s no broken glass to deal with, either. They are the best for dimming, incandescent bulbs turn yellow when dimmed, while LED light bulbs retain their true colors.
LED lights have many advantages over other light sources and here are 3 reasons why you should consider changing today:
1. No more headaches changing those globes
LED globes have a long lifetime and can last anywhere from 30-50,000 hours, meaning you can go years without having to change a single globe. This is great for those hard to reach places like high ceilings where ladders are required.
2. Slash those Electricity Bills by up to 80%
An average LED globe is between 6-15w where as a standard halogen globe is 50w and both can give a similar output. The most commonly sold LED globes in today’s market are 8-10w models as they are similar to a standard halogen globe while still being reasonably priced.
So how much saving is that?
The average house has anywhere from 30-50 downlights but obviously not all are on at the same time. So if we assume 20 lights are on for roughly 6 hours per day we can work out what consumption they are using:
Multiplying the Wattage by the number of lights by the hours they are used will give you your Watts/hr. Then dividing by 1000 will give you your KWh which will usually cost you around $0.30 for 1 KWh. After you have worked that out multiply by 365 and you will work out what your downlights are costing you now and what you can save if you converted to LED Downlights.
A standard household can save $500 or more per year just by converting to LED so ask yourself, is it worth it?
3. The Retrofit can be simple!
Most households already have existing downlights so if you select the correct LED Downlight there isn’t any need for additional wiring so converting won’t be as costly as new installations.
LEDs as ceiling down lights have a lot of great features – highly efficient, run cool, good light. LED down lights use much less power, will last a lifetime, operate at a safe temperature, are not manufactured with harmful chemicals, and now provide a faultless light for the home.
Outdoor and GardenAdd the finishing touch to your exterior spaces with well-planned outdoor landscape lighting. When it comes to lighting your landscape, a little goes a long way. That’s because your eyes need less light outdoors than they do indoors in order to see light, shadow, and pattern. To plan your outdoor lighting, walk around your yard at night, envision how and when you want to use your spaces.
- Paths: A well-lit path is both welcoming and required, providing illumination that extends hospitality to visitors and makes walking more secure. High illumination isn’t necessary, and downlights will prevent glare. Individually lit pavers can also be used to light a pathway.
- Entries: Place lights either to each side of a door or overhead at front, back, and side entry doors.
- Driveway: Low-voltage landscape lighting is a good option along a driveway.
- Steps: Steps should be lighted for safety; either the risers or the treads can be lit.
- Decks or Patios: Lighting can be used to illuminate specific task areas on a deck or patio, such as a kitchen or cooking spot, as well as railings and seating areas. Uplighting, which is harder to accomplish outside, can be used on a deck or patio to send light upward on an umbrella or deck “ceiling” for an indirect effect.
- Gazebos, Pergolas, or Trellises: Lighting is a good way to highlight an interesting built element in the outdoor landscape.
- Architectural Features: Outdoor landscape lighting can be used to highlight a wall, for example, by washing it or grazing it. When a wide beam of light is aimed at a wall from a few feet away, it creates a wall wash. A light used to graze a wall creates interesting highlights and shadows. Both will provide a little accent to nearby plants.
A variety of bulbs are suitable for outdoor fixtures. Incandescent bulbs emit pleasing light but have a short life and consume more electricity. Halogen bulbs are more efficient versions of incandescents, typically with a longer life and less energy consumption. Fluorescents are now available in a more pleasing color range, last much longer, and consume less energy. While LED bulbs are more expensive, their costs — which continue to decline — are balanced by their extraordinarily long life and extremely low energy consumption.