What are lumens?

Lumens (lm) are a measure of the visible light produced by a light source. The higher the lumen rating, the brighter it will be. Lumens are a good way to compare LED light output with other light sources.

I have an existing cut-out, will an LED fitting fit?

More often than not, the answer is yes! As LED lighting is often used to retrofit existing lighting, many shapes and sizes have been made to ensure there is one to suit your needs.

Are LED lights dimmable?

Yes, however their ability to do so is dependent on the driver that the individual fitting uses. Haneco Lighting includes dimmable drivers with most of their downlights, but it is not a standard inclusion on all products.

What is lux level?

Lux level refers to the intensity of light in a specific space. It is a measure of lumens/m². For example 240lux for food preparation, 320lux for offices and 600lux for electronic assembly work.

How far apart should downlights be?

Spacing decisions need to be made on a case-by-case basis as it will be dependent on factors such as downlight type, room dimensions, how the room is used, natural light in the room as well as others.

Can a downlight safely operate if it touches insulation?

Only if it has been classified with a CA, IC or IC-F rating. CA classifications allow insulation to side abut the downlight and IC allows it to cover the downlight. Please refer to the installation instructions.

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Why are LED wattages so much lower than other comparable light sources?

LED lights operate by converting energy to light. Whereas traditional light sources convert energy to heat in order to produce light, making LED more efficient. It also means that they are not particularly hot to touch.

What is an IP rating?

The first digit refers to the product’s ability to withstand solid objects (i.e. dust and insects) on a scale of 1-6 and the second digit refers to ability to withstand water on a scale of 1-8.

What is CRI?

Colour Rendering Index measures the ability of a light source to faithfully reproduce the colour of various objects. The closer it is to 100, the higher the quality of the light source.

How long do they last?

LED light fittings should last for at least 30,000 hours. So if you used your lights 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, they should last for 10 years.

What happens when they stop working?

LED lights have longer lifespans than traditional sources, but when they do fail you’ll need to replace the entire fitting unless it is a unit that has a replaceable lamp. Also worth checking warranty conditions.

Some Highbays need time to ‘warm up’, are LED highbays the same?

No. Unlike metal halide, LED high bays will switch on instantly. This is true for all LED light fittings including replacement T8 tubes, downlights, battens and flood lights.