LED Light Fittings
LED light fittings match the versatility of LEDs themselves, because LED bulbs are safe to use in most fixtures and fittings
LED Light Fittings
LED light fittings match the versatility of LEDs themselves, because LED bulbs are safe to use in most fixtures and fittings. This helps to make switching to LEDs that much more straightforward.
What is a Light Fitting?
A light fitting is a lighting unit, or fixed light, which can include one or several lamps or lampholders. The lamp is the light source.
The light fitting also includes the housing for the lamp, and its controls. These controls may be integrated into the lamp itself, or be near the fixed light.
Light fittings are attached to a wall or ceiling, where you can then place your light or other lighting element.
The final part of a light fitting is the lightbulb.
What Types of Light Fittings Are There?
The best way to look at LED light fittings is to work backwards from the lightbulb or lamp.
The part of the lightbulb or lamp that connects to the light fitting is the cap, or base, of the bulb. This is the part the provides the electrical contact that sends electricity to the light bulb.
The cap also secures the lightbulb into the fitting.
Therefore, the type of cap will reflect the type of fitting you choose:
Bayonet cap – this is the familiar push-and-twist fitting used in most regular lightbulbs, and also comes in a smaller version for more specialist lights
Edison screw cap – this is another popular fitting, widely used across a range of applications, and named after the inventor, Thomas Edison and, like the bayonet cap, also comes in a version with a smaller diameter
Capsule bulbs – these are compact lamps with two pins, traditionally created with halogen technology, but now available for LEDs, and typically used in appliances and integrated fittings
LED tubes – LEDs packed together in a long, narrow housing to create a strip of light that goes in a pendant fitting, consisting of two pins at either end, either directly fixed to the ceiling or suspended from it
Spotlights – these are usually push-fit or twist-and-lock fittings, and you can use them for downlights.
Do I Need Special Fixtures for LED Lights?
LED lightbulbs are safe to use in most fixtures, but there are applications where you need to prevent the lamp from overheating. If the lamp overheats, this will make the bulb burn out prematurely.
You should always check the packaging and paperwork that comes with your LED lights to see whether you require special fixtures.
Generally, because LEDs will work in most fixtures, this provides plenty of opportunities to retro-fit LED lights.
Where you have several spotlights together, it is best to replace all of them with LEDs at the same time, rather than combine LEDs with older-style lightbulbs.
Where you have low-voltage lights running from a transformer, you may also need to replace this with an LED driver. Some LED bulbs will have their own built-in circuitry to run off an existing transformer, but if not, the risk is that it will overpower them.
You can also get dimmable LED lights, but again you may need to change you dimmer switches from trailing edge to leading edge for LED compatibility.
But for many applications, LEDs will work with existing fittings, so you do not require new LED light fittings to experience the benefits of switching to LED lights.
Should I Replace My Current Bulbs with LEDs?
There are numerous benefits you can enjoy by replacing your current bulbs with LEDs.
LED lightbulbs are incredibly energy-efficient. They can produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, but using only a fraction of the power.
They can use around 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, which means that in many situations they will pay for themselves in energy savings after you make the change.
Compare this to other alternatives to incandescent lighting. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use 60% to 80% less energy, and halogens 20% to 30%.
Along with their energy efficiency, LED lightbulbs tend to have much longer lifespans. Some will last as long as 30 years. Essentially, they are a fit-and-forget lighting solution. Typically then, you will save on maintenance and replacement bulbs as well as on energy.
Also, in connection to these properties of LEDs, this is an environmentally-friendly lighting technology. You use less energy, and dispose of less bulbs.
The way LEDs work means they waste far less energy, since they convert 95% of their energy into light, wasting only the remaining 5% as heat.
If you’re watching your energy bills, then replacing your old bulbs with LEDs is an excellent way of bringing them down and reducing your overall annual energy spend.
Will I Notice the Difference?
LEDs give off a bright, intense quality of illumination. This brightness is measured in lumens, and an LED can output 4,000 lumens. By comparison, an incandescent lightbulb outputs 450.
When you switch on an LED light you don’t have to wait for it to warm up and get brighter. The effect is instantaneous, immediately lighting up a space.
LED lightbulbs are more durable than traditional bulbs, because they contain no filament or other fragile parts, which makes them more adaptable for a range of settings, including outdoors. They will also work reliably in low temperatures.
How do I Make the Change to LEDs?
The easiest way is to get professional advice about your lighting, including a full lighting assessment to work out the best LED lighting solution for you, and whether you require LED light fittings.
The savings you can make by replacing your lights with LEDs mean that what you spend upfront you can rapidly get back.
Contact us today for more information.