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Environment FAQ's

LEDs are made of approximately 95% recyclable components, for example, diodes and semiconductors, and so are treated the same way traditional electronics are treated. Moreover, as LEDs do not contain significant amounts of any harmful components, they are classed as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant. Due to this compliance, LEDs are collected separately from household wastes or they can be disposed of on designated waste centres. In the UK there is a designated commission, WEEE, that deals with electrical waste and electronic equipment regulations.

Although LEDs have environmental friendly properties during their lifespan, it is important that they are recycled correctly. LEDs contain relatively high amounts of elements which can be harmful to the environment if they do not be recycled properly. Most LED lamps contain a high proportion of nickel, and coloured bulbs contain lead. Both of those substances can be recycled. 

Approximately half of the carbon emissions created are generated from the production of electricity. LED lighting technology is designed to use less energy than traditional lighting. As such, the overall kW/hr consumption per year is less which helps reduce the overall carbon emissions. A global switch to energy efficient LED technology could significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

LEDs provide many environmental advantages, including being energy efficient, producing zero toxic elements, reducing light pollution, requiring less light fixtures, and having a longer lifespan. LED lights are highly energy efficient and can save around 90% energy consumption compared to incandescent and 50% compared to fluorescent. LEDs are significantly more efficient than fluorescent and incandescent lights. Specifically, if you convert a halogen lamp to LED you can save up to 95% of energy.

If you want to know how much you can save check out our Energy Savings Calculator. LEDs also draw much less power than traditional lamps. This upgrade means less energy use which reduces the demand from power plants, and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

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Domestic FAQ's

IP ratings define the levels of protection against both solids and liquids in electrical enclosures. The ratings widely accepted as ‘waterproof’ for most general purposes are IP65, IP66, and IP67. For more information please visit our IP Rating Guide.

Colour temperature is a scale that measures how warm white or cool white the light source is. The colour temperature is measured in degrees Kelvins. The higher the number of Kelvins is the warmer the light colour is. For more information please visit our Colour Temperature Guide.

LED’s brightness is rated based on Lumens whereas Watts are measuring energy consumption. In other words, the electricity bill is a charge for the number of Watts or energy consumed. LEDs are designed to use less energy so they have a lower Watt rating thus the Lumens rating gives a more accurate indication of LEDs brightness. 

To eliminate the flickering it is very important to use the appropriate for dimming quality LED lamps and drivers. It is, also, important to use a compatible dimmer switch to avoid any potential flickering. Dimmer switches come with a minimum compatible load which is the amount of Watts the dimmer can process. In a lot of cases, the LED lamps are not powered enough to meet the minimum requirement as they consume a low amount of energy and fewer Watts. To test that a standard lamp can be added into the circuit. If that makes the flickering to stop then it is a loading issue on the dimmer which can be solved by adding a Resistive Load (RESLOAD). The RESLOAD tricks the dimmer into thinking that is dimming a lamp that has more Watts than what the LEDs have.

Yes, LEDs can be used with dimmer controls. The LED lamps work on dimmer only when the LED bulb, the switch, and the driver are designated for dimming. 

LEDs are designed to run on low voltage, 120 – 240 Voltage. However, most places supply a higher voltage. An LED’s driver main purpose is to rectify higher voltage or current fluctuations. LEDs are rated to operate within a certain current range so too much or too little current can make the light output to degrade faster due to higher temperatures within the LED. 

Business FAQ's

LEDs are made of approximately 95% recyclable components, for example, diodes and semiconductors, and so are treated the same way traditional electronics are treated. Moreover, as LEDs do not contain significant amounts of any harmful components, they are classed as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant. Due to this compliance, LEDs are collected separately from household wastes or they can be disposed of on designated waste centres. In the UK there is a designated commission, WEEE, that deals with electrical waste and electronic equipment regulations.

Although LEDs have environmental friendly properties during their lifespan, it is important that they are recycled correctly. LEDs contain relatively high amounts of elements which can be harmful to the environment if they do not be recycled properly. Most LED lamps contain a high proportion of nickel, and coloured bulbs contain lead. Both of those substances can be recycled. 

Approximately half of the carbon emissions created are generated from the production of electricity. LED lighting technology is designed to use less energy than traditional lighting. As such, the overall kW/hr consumption per year is less which helps reduce the overall carbon emissions. A global switch to energy efficient LED technology could significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

LEDs provide many environmental advantages, including being energy efficient, producing zero toxic elements, reducing light pollution, requiring less light fixtures, and having a longer lifespan. LED lights are highly energy efficient and can save around 90% energy consumption compared to incandescent and 50% compared to fluorescent. LEDs are significantly more efficient than fluorescent and incandescent lights. Specifically, if you convert a halogen lamp to LED you can save up to 95% of energy.

If you want to know how much you can save check out our Energy Savings Calculator. LEDs also draw much less power than traditional lamps. This upgrade means less energy use which reduces the demand from power plants, and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

Lampshop FAQ's

IP ratings define the levels of protection against both solids and liquids in electrical enclosures. The ratings widely accepted as ‘waterproof’ for most general purposes are IP65, IP66, and IP67. For more information please visit our IP Rating Guide.

Colour temperature is a scale that measures how warm white or cool white the light source is. The colour temperature is measured in degrees Kelvins. The higher the number of Kelvins is the warmer the light colour is. For more information please visit our Colour Temperature Guide.

LED’s brightness is rated based on Lumens whereas Watts are measuring energy consumption. In other words, the electricity bill is a charge for the number of Watts or energy consumed. LEDs are designed to use less energy so they have a lower Watt rating thus the Lumens rating gives a more accurate indication of LEDs brightness. 

To eliminate the flickering it is very important to use the appropriate for dimming quality LED lamps and drivers. It is, also, important to use a compatible dimmer switch to avoid any potential flickering. Dimmer switches come with a minimum compatible load which is the amount of Watts the dimmer can process. In a lot of cases, the LED lamps are not powered enough to meet the minimum requirement as they consume a low amount of energy and fewer Watts. To test that a standard lamp can be added into the circuit. If that makes the flickering to stop then it is a loading issue on the dimmer which can be solved by adding a Resistive Load (RESLOAD). The RESLOAD tricks the dimmer into thinking that is dimming a lamp that has more Watts than what the LEDs have.

Yes, LEDs can be used with dimmer controls. The LED lamps work on dimmer only when the LED bulb, the switch, and the driver are designated for dimming. 

LEDs are designed to run on low voltage, 120 – 240 Voltage. However, most places supply a higher voltage. An LED’s driver main purpose is to rectify higher voltage or current fluctuations. LEDs are rated to operate within a certain current range so too much or too little current can make the light output to degrade faster due to higher temperatures within the LED. 

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