Light Fitting, Installation and Repairs in Wimbledon
LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)
Across Europe, all countries are moving towards LED lighting in all areas from horticultural premises to domestic and commercial environments. For comparison, in 2011 82% use was of halogen lighting with 18% LED usage; in 2015 there was 50% use of halogen lighting and 50% use of LED and this trend continues to increase. The benefits of LED lighting include savings of energy use of 85% or even more, depending on the wattage of the lights, reduction of heat emission (due to being a less concentrated source of heat) and subsequent burning, as well as increased life of the lamp itself by up to 10,000 hours. However, being relatively new in comparison to halogen, LED lights do not dim as well. This is set to change within the next five years due to the fast technology development in this area.
LED Technology is moving away from just providing lighting towards sustainable use of resources (energy efficiency: Phillips (2011) 10W replacing 60W, saving energy enough to light 17.4 million households) as well as reduction in CO2 emissions in horticultural systems utilizing LED lighting for fast growing crops.
Halogen lighting is outlawed by the EU on 1st September 2018 unless used for a specific purpose and are rapidly being phased out by all reputable wholesalers and DIY shops. The reason for this direction is to improve the energy efficiency of lamps without increasing the carbon emissions across the European countries. Traditional incandescent lamps serve their purpose but are now being superseded by the LED lamps. We would always strongly encourage our customers and the general public to pay that little bit extra to help the Ozone layer as well as to save on electricity bills.
Track Lighting has some benefits. Lights can be moved around, up and down the track, the number of them can be increased or decreased, which is a great benefit to a large room. The downside is, if the contacts go on the lighting track, then the whole track would need to be replaced. This might mean that some decorating/making good may be needed.
Outside lighting and power
It is important to have a separate circuit for outside power. All too often we get called to a property because either the lighting is not working or the power sockets are not working inside the home. After a moment in time we find that the outside lights and sockets are connected to the inside circuits. This is not good, because what happens outside, affects inside. Inside and outside circuits should be kept separate because outside circuits have many weather conditions that affect the electrics and, more importantly, the insulation of outside should be installed correctly by an experienced electrician.