What are LED lights?
You might have heard a lot of talk about LED lights. But .. what is a LED light?
A LED is not a light in the traditional sense of the word, it's a crystal that, using a special technique, lights up. It doesn't need gases or glow filaments to operate, and subsequently gains a potentially enormous life span (up to 100.000 hours). An other added benefit is that they use very little power and hardly emit any heat.
You will have inevitably seen LED lights used in many devices, like the little red status LED on your television, or the modern backlights on cars. Recent advances have increased the light output of LEDs even further, making them useful for a lot of lighting needs, like orientation lighting (hallways at night for example) and accent lighting. They can also be used perfectly for general lighting in your home. There is still not an all purpose LED light available, and there will probably never be one. There are however plenty of different types available that can offer specific solutions for your needs.
Because of the large choice and the potential difficulty in choosing what is right for you, we suggest you ask advice from one of our specialists.
How do you save energy with lights?
By replacing your incandescent light bulbs by energy saving light or LEDs you can save up to 85% in energy usage. This is beneficial, not only for the environment, but also for your wallet! Even by replacing old CFL (T8, thick ones) lights by newer ones (T5, thinner) you can save up to 60% energy.
It's very interesting, at home or for your business, to have a look with our lighting advisors and find out if a 'relighting' is advisable or not. Saving on energy is basically saving on the cost of energy AND the maintenance costs of your light installations. A LED light, while more expensive, will have to be replaced much less often than an ordinary light, this as well will save you money.
Is a halogen lamp an energy saving lamp?
These days we have to refine our answer. Halogen lamps use the indicated amount of power. A 50 watt lamp will use 50 watt, regardless if it is a halogen or an incandescent lamp.
There are however energy efficient halogen lamps available that are 10% more efficient than the traditional lamps. In that sense they are more economical. And now we have energy efficient halogen lamps, that use 30% less energy to produce the same light as their predecessors.
These lamps are called HALOCO lamps. They are available in a wide range of shapes and use 18/28/40 watt. They produce the same amount of light as a traditional halogen lamp of 25/40/55 watt. Right now, they are the cheapest way to save money!
Can every lamp be dimmed?
No .. This all depends on the type of light and in certain cases, the included commutator. It's also important to note that certain lamps can be dimmed without a problem while others might have their life spans lowered. Finally both the dimmer and the fixture you want to dim need to be made for each other. That's why it is best to ask advice from one of our lighting specialists! Especially dimming a LED can be tricky, however with the right dimmer, the results can be simply amazing!
What are 220 volt halogen lamps?
They appear to be exactly the same as 12 volt halogen spots. But they don't need to use a commutator anymore! You can recognize them by the distinct connection, that looks like the starter used with CFL lamps.
Can I still get and use incandescent light bulbs since september 2009?
Yes you can still use them, but these energy unfriendly lamps will be phased out, and won't be available in stores anymore. Both the production and import of these lamps will be forbidden step by step, the first steps were taken in september of 2009.
There are a lot of alternatives available right now, that use a lot less energy. They are available in all classic shapes (bulbs, candles, … ) and use up to 30% less energy, they carry the 'C' energy label.
Since 2015 we have LED filament lamps available. They are indentical to incandescant light bulbs if you compare the light and mood they create, but they reduce energy used up to 90% per lamp. LED filament lamps can be dimmed.