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Join us in Sydney at DesignBUILD2017!

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Join us in Sydney at DesignBUILD2017!

For over three decades, DesignBUILD has supported Australia’s architecture, building, construction and design communities, as the leading commercial platform for manufactures and suppliers to showcase new products and meet key industry buyers and specifiers.

We will be proudly presenting LightTape®, which employs a radically distinctive and patent-protected form of electroluminescent technology. It exists in the form of ultra-low-profile, lightweight panels and strips that seamlessly and evenly illuminate from edge to edge. The philosophy behind the product is simple: a light’s physical design should not restrict design or artistic vision. With Light Tape, you have the possibility to turn anything into the light. That’s where your creativity starts.

DesignBUILD is the only dedicated trade show to bring together Australia’s architects, building professionals, contractors and designer community together with manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who work across the residential and commercial industry sectors, for 3 days of unrivaled networking and inspiration. Join us at DesignBUILD 3-5 May at the brand new ICC Sydney.

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Should I buy white lights or yellow lights for my home? What are the pros and cons of Warm White vs Cool White?

The Colour Temperature identifies the colour of the light produced by the fixture, with some being more appropriate than others depending on the application. the most popular options available are:

 

-Warm White (approx 3,000k) - (Sunset effect) Seen to promote relaxation, and is best suited for Lounge Rooms, Family Rooms, Bedrooms - Anywhere that requires natural, gentle warm light. This is usually the preferred choice for domestic applications, in fact, I would say 95% of the homes we have been involved with have had 3,000k LED fixtures. It is also recommended to have warmer light externally to minimize insect attraction, Keeping in mind that quality LED’s produce little to no UV light, greatly reducing this

-Cool White (5,000k) - (Midday effect) Used to enhance concentration, and is best suited for Offices and retail display areas - Anywhere that requires a Bright and crisp white light. Often a higher rated Lumen output compared to Warm White options. We generally specify 5,000k fixtures in commercial/Industrial projects.

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How do we choose LED strips for home decoration?

How do we choose LED strips for home decoration?

When you choose LED strips for your home there are a few factors to consider so that you end up with the most effective and aesthetically pleasing result:

Where do you want it to be installed?
1) Do you want it to be hidden from direct view, providing subtle feature lighting to compliment your home design?

This is a really effective way to transform the way your home presents, and provides a professional and elegant finishing touch without interfering with the design. Indirect lighting looks fantastic when implemented into bulkheads, pelmets, staircases, as well as under floating cabinets and bench tops. We recommend separating control of a zones' indirect lighting from direct/task lighting such as downlights because it offers the perfect solution for mood lighting.



2) Are you looking for LED strip lighting as a direct/ usable light source?

There are some fantastic Linear profile designs which house the LED Strip, meaning that using it as a direct and useable light source can often be a much more attractive and consistent alternative to traditional Downlights, Starlights and Pendants. Plus by selecting high performance LED strip, it will provide you with more than enough illumination for task oriented applications such as kitchen bench tops and other work surfaces.

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There are various types of LED strip and Linear Profiles available to suit a multitude of applications, whether it needs to be recessed, surface mounted, a hanging pendant, short lengths or continuous runs, there is always a way to add it into your lighting design. For domestic applications we tend to recommend using warm white (2,700k) as it provides a more calming effect than neutral or cool white (4,000k & 5,000k respectively). The performance can range between 2.4 watts/meter to more than 30 watts/meter depending on the amount of light required, and the physical limitations and heat sync capabilities of the Linear Profile. It is always recommended to install LED strip onto an Aluminium surface such as Aluminium profile to ensure that the small amounts of heat generated behind each LED chip is efficiently removed, ensuring the longevity of the strip. Also For long runs of LED strip it is recommended to connect both ends to the power supply to eliminate gradual losses in output.

Hope this helps as a brief intro to the various installation options for LED Strip Lighting, it's a really beautiful way to transform the way in which a room is presented, we are using strip lighting more and more in our designs.

LED Lights: Changing the way we approach lighting design

While choosing the style of lighting to suit your home is a purely subjective matter, it is often difficult to determine what you actually need to deliver the best illumination to suit your needs.

As is the case with most things, traditional methods of lighting have quickly been superseded with safer, more reliable and more efficient technologies. Now, considered the leader in modern lighting technology, LED fixtures have quickly becoming the preferred choice of lighting for both commercial and domestic applications. Of course, with this new technology,  the challenge of making it more affordable without compromising quality and reliability in any way is something we strive for.

So here's a quick guide to help erm…shed some new light… on the process of effectively introducing LED's into your home, and also tips to minimize the impact on your wallet!
 

How many LED Fixtures do I actually need?
One of the most effective ways to save money when buying LED's is to minimize the number of fixtures per room. Why pay an electrician for all that extra time and materials required to install multiple fixtures when you can often get away with a single LED fixture in the center of a room instead! Our high quality LED Downlights provide incredible levels of illumination and are designed so that you can effectively reduces the number of fixtures traditionally required.

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The above images show the difference between traditional Downlight design, and the LED Lighting approach with the luminous intensity of a single SRA Downlight (15w, Warm White LED Fixture) located in the center of a Dining Room sized 4.5m x 3.1m.

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Still not sure how many lights needed for your rooms? Send us an email with the details and we'll provide you with our recommendations as a guide to what is actually needed. Planning your new home? even better, just send through your house plans and we will be more than happy to guide you through the process and can even provide an LED Lighting Plan which you can pass on to your Builder. Easy!  
 

What Beam Angle is best?
To aid in minimizing the costs of equipping your home with LED's, it is best to consider fixtures which have a wide spread of useable light. The wider the spread, the more amount of light will reach all areas of your room, and the less number of Lights required.


Warm and Cozy, or Cool and Crisp? What Colour Temperature light do I need?
The Colour Temperature identifies the colour of the light produced by the fixture, with some being more appropriate than others depending on the application. the most popular options available are:
-Warm White (around 3,000k) - (Sunset effect) Seen to promote relaxation, and is best suited for Lounge Rooms, Family Rooms, Bedrooms - Anywhere that requires natural, gentle warm light. This is usually the preferred choice for homes.
-Cool White (5,000k) - (Mid-day effect) Used to enhance concentration, and is best suited for Offices and retail display areas - Anywhere that requires a Bright and crisp white light. Often a higher rated Lumen output compared to Warm White options.

Dimmable Vs. Non-Dimmable?

Smooth, stable, flicker free dimming capabilities can create the perfect ambiance in a room. Its important to know if and to what light levels a fixture can be dimmed as it can vary greatly . As dimmers can be easily installed any time at a later stage, you never know when you might want that option. Not all areas need to be dimmed however, the most common rooms being Master Bedrooms, Theatre/Activity Rooms and Lounge Areas, so only get them installed if you think they will be useful in those areas.