Frequently Asked Questions

What is an LED lamp?

The term refers to a Light Emitting Diode. Whilst they are frequently being used in order to light homes and other spaces, they also popular as indication lights. You know that little glow on your TV remote control? That’s a single LED.

What makes Glolux lamps different from other brands?

Put simply, our manufacturing standards are higher than many other brands. We believe that our combination of price and quality cannot be beaten. Our lamps offer homeowners, commercial installers and organisations greater reliability and peace of mind.

What makes LEDs more robust than other light sources?

LEDs have no gases, filaments or any moving parts to fatigue. They provide light through a one step process that takes place within the diode. There is no glass to break or contacts to loosen.

What is the life span of an LED?

Typically speaking, an LED bulb will last much longer than a traditional lamp. The lifespan for one of our domestic products is an estimated to be 15,000 hours.

When will I have to replace my LED lamp?

LED lamps get dimmer over time but are not designed to just fail completely fail. At 15,000 hours of use, our lamps are designed to provide at least 70% of it’s original light output. The overall lifespan is dependent on many different factors including lamp or fixture design, LED chip type and ambient temperatures.

Does the amount of light created lessen over the life of a LED lamp?

Yes. However, because the life span of the bulb is so long, the eventually dimming is practically unnoticeable and as such, much more reliable than a traditional lamp.

Are LED lamps cost effective?

Surveys show that people who use LED bulbs rather than traditional bulbs can enjoy around 80% savings on their energy bills.

What are the economic advantages of using LEDs over conventional light sources?

Although the initial cost of conventional light sources is less than LEDs, they do not take into account the operational and maintenance cost of the lighting system. LEDs have a longer life, reduced maintenance costs and lamp replacement costs. This reduces cost of labour to replace lamps and the cost of new lamps at the end of lamp life cycle. LEDs also consume less energy. Most applications with LEDs offer a payback period as low as 3-4 years.

Are LEDs energy efficient?

Yes. The standard halogen bulb works at 20% efficiency, while the LED bulb works at 80% efficiency – that means that 80% of the actual electricity consumed is used to produce high quality light.

Are LEDs considered ‘green’?

Yes, because LEDs operate at 80% efficiency, they produce more light than heat while consuming the same amount of energy as a halogen. This means that they are energy efficient, which makes them the most ‘eco-friendly’ light source outside of natural sunlight.

Will LEDs save me money on my energy bill?

LED lamps are far more energy efficient than their traditional, halogen counterparts. Less energy used equals less cash being paid out on bills.. even during those darker winter months.

How much longer does an LED last than a conventional light source?

Typically, an LED will last four times longer than a CFL and 25 times longer than an incandescent source that puts out the same amount of light.

How can LED lighting help reduce CO2 emission?

LEDs normally use less power for a given application compared to traditional halogen and fluorescent sources. As such, the overall kW/hr consumption per year is less, so this helps reduce the overall CO2 emissions.

How are LEDs disposed recycled?

No. LED bulbs are solid state technology, which means that they do not function using toxic materials, such as mercury, that can be found in standard halogen bulbs.

Do the fittings need to be replaced to use the LEDs?

Not usually. Most LEDs are made to retrofit into traditional fixtures. To determine whether your LED will fit into your fixture, read the manufacturers’ label.

Can LED lamps be dimmed?

LED light bulbs can only be used with a dimmer switch if they specifically state in their technical specification that they are dimmable. If there is no mention of the bulbs dimming facility you should always assume that the bulb is not dimmable. You may need to upgrade your dimmer switch to cope with low electrical loads. If in doubt, ask an electrician to check.

Why isn't my dimmer switch working with my LED lamps?

Your bulbs may not be dimming for one of two reasons. Firstly, your LEDs may not be dimmable. Secondly, you may not be using an LED compatible dimmer switch. Please note that standard halogen dimmer switches will not work with an LED lamp.

Do I need an LED compatible transformer and how do I know if it’s compatible?

Yes, you will need an LED compatible transformer for 12-volt bulbs (MR16, G4, and MR11). If the minimum wattage of the transformer is greater than 20 watts, your LED will not be compatible. Non-compatible transformers will cause the bulb to flicker which can damage the fixture and decrease the overall life span of the LED.

Will my LED lamp turn on immediately or will it need to warm up first?

Your LED bulbs do not require time to warm up which means they turn on in less than a second.

Do LED lamps get really hot?

They do not get as hot as traditional halogen bulbs. LEDs do produce some heat, but because they are fitted with heat disbursement prongs within the bulb, the heat is moved away from the bulb which helps with the longevity of the bulb.

Is lifespan reduced if the LEDs are frequently turned on and off?

Unlike other lamps, LEDs are semiconductors and their life span is not affected by the number of times they are turned on and off.

I have a 12 volt circuit, can I use an LED lamp?

Yes, a standard 12v circuit will power a 12v LED lamp.

What is a SMD?

A SMD chip, or Surface Mounted Diode, is the latest advancement in LED technology and an LED bulb may well contain SMD technology within it. The key benefit of an LED bulb which contains an SMD is three times the brightness.

What is the colour temperature of LED lamps?

White LED lamps can provide many types of white light. This in not the brightness of the lamp, it is the colour or tone of the light. A 3,000k warm white LED light closely resembles incandescent light and has a slight tone of yellow or orange. A 4,000k cool white LED gives a whiter light and is commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, offices, workshops and other work environments.

Can LEDs grow plants indoors?

Yes. LED lights are very popular with the plant growing industry.

Is it true that LED lamps do not attract insects?

Most insects are primarily attracted to ultra-violet rays to help them forage, navigate and select mates. LEDs do not have UV content and hence do not attract so many insects compared to conventional light sources.

How can LEDs keep food fresher than conventional light sources?

LEDs do not emit ultra-violet light and there is no heat in the beam unlike their conventional counterparts. This helps keep food fresher in refrigerators and cold stores.

Will my LED lamp come with a guarantee?

Yes. Our products are covered by a 3 year manufacturers guarantee.

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