HUGO LIGHTING releases CA135 Halogen and LED downlights
From 10th May 2012 the new Recessed Luminaire Standard AS/NZ60598.2.2 Amendment A applies. This is a unique requirement for New Zealand, and all new builds require compliant products displaying markings CA135, CA80, IC or IC-F. Further information is available here.
High Output LED Strip
HUGO Lighting has increased its range of LED Strip to include High Output (14W p/m and 20W p/m) options. SLED600 24V DC 20W p/m IP20 Luminous Flux/m 1,440; SLED500 24V DC 14.4W p/m IP20 Luminous Flux/m 1,080; SLED511 24V DC 14.4W p/m IP68 Luminous Flux/m 1,080. These products are ideal where increased light output is required, click here for new options. We will shortly be launching a range of Aluminium Extrusion that complements this product range.
Information to assist your lighting design
Halogen vs LED
Points to consider when deciding on Halogen vs LED downlight options are:
- Quality of Light
While technical advancements in LED has given us options for general LED lighting, the light quality is different to Halogen light. Sunlight is of course the best light quality and this is due to the full spectrum of light being produced by the light source. Incandescent light is next as the source usually incorporates the full spectrum of visible light also. Halogen is included as an incandescent light source, so has good light quality ranking. LED was initially created to incorporate only a few of the wavelengths within the light spectrum, this was good for energy efficiency, but gives off poor comparison with daylight. The quality can be calculated by the colour rendering of the LED product, as a high colour rendering is closer to daylight quality. With technical advancement a few LED options now offer greater than 85% colour rendering, and we would recommend the user ensures the products they select for general lighting reach this standard.
- How long the lights are on for
LED lighting gives more benefit if it remains on for long periods of time, while Halogen lights are better if used for shorter periods of time.
- Dimming ability
Halogen has good dimming ability and range, while LED is still developing. Many LEDs now have dimming ability, but it is difficult to match the range of halogen dimming.
- Cost of Installation
The purchase price and install costs are less for Halogen and more for LED.
- On-going costs
LED will pay back over time if the lights are on the majority of the time.