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Using a dimmable LED without a dimmer

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Can you use dimmable LED bulbs without a dimmer switch?

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October 22, 2018

The short answer to this question is: Yes, you can use dimmable LEDs without a dimmer switch, just like normal light bulbs. This is handy to know because many retailers are reducing the number of non-dimmable LED bulbs that they stock. Historically, dimmable LEDs have been much more expensive to manufacture than their non-dimmable counterpart...

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How much does it cost to run an LED bulb?

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June 16, 2017

The main advantage of upgrading to LED lighting is that the running costs are significantly lower than traditional lighting such as halogen or incandescent. These savings could be up to 90%. This being said though, do you know the actual cost to run LED bulbs? T...

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Workplace Desk Image

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Small Business Tips for Saving Money (and the Planet!)

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August 13, 2018

As a small café, restaurant or shop, your outgoings are bound to be on your mind. From paying your team of staff to covering your essential utilities, every cost counts when you’re not a corporate giant. And with mounting pressure for companies both large and small to up their eco-friendliness, it might feel like your outgoings can overwhelm you...

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Recessed Light Fitting With LED

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Installing Recessed Lighting

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August 9, 2018

How to install recessed lighting:
  • Determine appropriate ‘recess’ locations using stud finder
  • Use drill attachment to cut circular hole(s)
  • Install surface sockets near to hole(s)
  • Install housing(s) where applicable*
  • Insert fixture & connect to socket
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GU10 Bulbs

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How to Replace a GU10 Bulb

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July 26, 2018

How to Replace a GU10 Bulb

How to replace a GU10 bulb:
  1. Squeeze the clip (or use sucker provided) to release the bulb from the fitting*
  2. Turn bulb counter clockwise to ‘unhook’ from the power supply
  3. Twist new bulb clockwise into position
  4. Replace clip
*Where the bulb doesn’...

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Install LED Strip Lights

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How to Install LED Strip Lights

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July 24, 2018

LED Strip Lights provide a flexible means of both indoor and outdoor illumination. Strips are typically up to 5m in length but may be cut at designated regular intervals. Chains of strips may be achieved given the correct power supply. The adhesive backing allows LED strips to be attached to all surface types.

How to Install LED Strip Light...

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LED Lighting

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Why LED?

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July 20, 2018

Why have LED bulbs become the popular choice of lighting in both domestic and industrial settings? The answer comes down to many factors, including lower costs over the lifetime of the bulb and environmental considerations. LEDs also come with standard bulb cap options, including Bayonet (BC) and Edison Screw Cap (ES).

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Bulb cap types

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July 9, 2018

There are two main types of bulb cap: Bayonet Cap (BC) and Edison Screw Cap (EC). The cap is attached to the bulb, and acts as a bridge between the bulb and the power supply when connected to a light fitting. A less common type of cap called Pin and Push is also available.

Bulb Caps - What is the difference?

The history of bulb cap de...

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Indoor Farming

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Benefits of LED lighting in agriculture

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July 9, 2018

Farmers and other agricultural businesses are under increasing pressure. The demand for cheap produce in increasing numbers has resulted in farmers doing everything they can to reduce costs while increasing yields, and one of these cost-reduction methods is raising animals indoors. Keeping animals indoors gives farmers more control over how t...

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LED Consumes Less Power

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Why LED Consumes Less Power

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June 29, 2018

A light emitting diode (LED) contains a semiconductor. The semiconductor acts as a junction through which electrical energy is filtered, releasing light as a by product. Light is therefore emitted directly from the source input, without first powering a separate light emitting load (e.g. filament). In this way, LED consumes less power than rival...

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smart home control

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Smart Security: Smart Home technology that will make your home instantly more secure

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June 26, 2018

A lot has been said about smart home devices in terms of making life easier and more enjoyable, but today we will be looking at how smart home technology can be used to make your home more secure. When it comes to our homes, security is often our greatest concern. Nobody wants their home to be violated in any way, and for victims of burglary,...

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Are LED Lights Safe

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Are LED lights safe in enclosed fixtures?

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April 17, 2018

A 9W LED bulb in an enclosed fixture burns with a surface temperature of around 49C. Competitor higher Wattage CFL bulbs burn at a surface temperature of around 89C, and equivalent Halogen bulbs require an even higher Wattage and give off 137C. To put this into context, your hand will withstand 55C-60C. This makes heatsink LED lights the optimum...

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Lumens to Watts

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Lumen to Watt chart

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April 16, 2018

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LED Equivalent Wattages

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LED equivalent wattages against traditional lighting

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March 9, 2018

LED equivalent wattages to traditional light sources can only be approximate, as they will vary depending on the colour temperature and quality of the bulbs being compared. When comparing different light bulbs and lamps, it is better to compare the lumens that each bulb produces, in order to gain a true like-for-like comparison.

LED Wattage

CFL Wattage

Halogen Wattage

Lumens

6W 12W 40W 700 lm
9W 15W 60W 900 lm
12W