LED Lighting

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have been around for years in red, yellow and green.  New technological advances have given us incredibly bright blue and white versions--the white LEDs on our products page are state-of-the-art in brightness. The rated brightness varies by how wide the beam angle is. LEDs with a super-high brightness rating also have a very narrow beam angle. Wider-angle LEDs have a lower brightness rating, but may put out just as much light. It's important to choose the beam angle to suit your needs.

  • LEDs can last tens of thousands of hours if used at rated current
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  • If your LED mounting does not allow any air circulation, we recommend running them at 18-20ma instead of 25ma to avoid any heat buildup, which will shorten their life.
  • LED lights generally do not need reflectors, as the angles at which they emit light are set internally.  Our white LEDs emit in a 20 degree arc.  Very little light is wasted from shining in the wrong direction.
  • Although our LEDs are not powerful enough to require eye protection labelling, DO NOT look directly into the beam from a close distance, just like with a halogen lamp.
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LED ratings are specified by current, not voltage. For longest life, we recommend you run them at 20-25 milliamps (ma). HOWEVER, in our LED flashlight conversions (and many commercial LED flashlights), the LEDs are run at 50-60ma, twice the rated current. One of our test LEDs ran at 98ma for over 200 hours without damage or appreciable light loss. So go ahead and experiment with running them at over rated current if you are willing to take the risk of a shorter life. In my opinion, a flashlight bulb that lasts 100 hours is a huge improvement and cost saver over the incandescent alternative which gives only 15-20 hours before it dies.

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In cases where not possible to connect to the mains/grid electricity, AnyWhere solar powered lighting kits are a unique solution that only requires sunlight to provide good quality, reliable light. Supplied fully ready-to-use, each kit contains the following:

  • Solar Panel (3Wp or 50kJ/day -12Wp or 200kJ/day)
  • AnyWhere LED light(s) each with integrated batteries
  • Terminal hub for additional connections/flexibility
  • All connection cables with easy twist-fit connectors
  • Ceiling mounting bracket (one per light) and fixings
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Large LED clusters that run on 120VAC are extremely expensive to purchase--usually US$200 and up. You can home build them, but the electronics and design are much more complicated than the DC circuits above. Because LEDs are directional, they are not always a very good choice for room lighting...but work very well for task lighting. Here's some more information:

3-watt AC 10-LED Reading Lamp Circuit

LEDs are excellent for task lighting, and this circuit also has battery backup built in -- when AC power goes out, the LED cluster switches to battery power.

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In parts of the world where a mains/grid connection is available but there are regular power cuts, The AnyTime UPS lighting kit is a perfect way to have good, uninterrupted light. Designed to be connected to the grid, and supplied fully ready-to-use, each kit contains the following:

  • AnyTime UPS LED light with integrated batteries
  • Terminal hub for additional connections/flexibility
  • All connection cables with easy twist-fit connectors
  • Ceiling mounting bracket (one per light) and fixings
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