HPM sheds some light on LED lighting

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Company: HPM Legrand

With the introduction of LED lighting, the lighting landscape has changed significantly. Long gone are the days of easily determining the brightness of a lamp by simply looking at the wattage output. Now there are a variety of factors that need to be accounted for in order to choose the perfect light for an installation. While wattage is still important, as it denotes the operating power of the lamp and in turn gives an indication on your electricity consumption, lumen output, lamp colour and dimming compatibility are all new factors that need to be considered.

Lumen output

In short Lumens is the new standard to measure light output, with the higher the lumen, the brighter the light! Some LED lights produce a higher Lumen output per watt so these are the ones that you want to look for as they will likely be a better quality fitting.

The below table gives a good comparison between the most common lighting types. For example if you currently have a 75W incandescent light that you are wanting to refit with an LED fitting, you would want to find one that can output in the 930 lumen range.

Lumin Chart

Lamp colour

The lamp colour is the colour of the light that the LED produces and is key to determining the mood of a room. They are commonly divided into warm white or cool white. Warm white is a softer, warmer light which is typically recommended for bedrooms, lounge rooms and studies. Cool white on the other hand is a neutral whiter light more commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens and garages – but it all comes down to personal preference!

Dimming capability

With incandescent lights things were simpler when it came to dimming. With LED lighting however, it requires a bit more finesse. In order to dim an LED it needs to have a reliable dimmable driver and a wall dimmer to control it. Wall dimmers are specialised modules so it is important to choose your preferred dimmer first, and then match it to a suitable LED light driver, which are far more common, in order to ensure compatibility.

The new range of HPM LED downlights have an excellent ratio of lumen to wattage along with a variety of different lumen outputs making them a great choice for your installation. When it comes to light colour, the HPM LED lighting range includes both warm white and cool white options across much of the range giving you greater flexibility when designing a lighting plan.

HPM and Legrand have a variety of trusted wall dimmer options available which can be used in a range of applications. The new HPM LED lighting range has also been specifically designed to ensure 100% compatibility with these various HPM and Legrand wall dimmer options. You can view some of the available range by Clicking Here.

The HPM LED lighting range features downlights, step lights, star lights, wall lights, up/down light and strip lights. You can view the full LED lighting range by Clicking Here to view the brochure. The range is also expanding so keep an eye out on our website at www.hpm.co.nz to see the range or find out more information.

For further information or to arrange a visit from one of our representatives, please call 0800 476 009.

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