Joined: 17 Apr 2007 Posts: 3796 Location: Near the water
A suggestion. Rather than go in and hit the whole of house go through one area at a time and design lighting to suit that area. It may cost more in the long run, however you open up numerous options.
We have just moved in and admittedly have an advantage with sparkys on tap to us. However we are doing the family room / kitchen area out in downlights and low energy downlights in some spectacular effects.
Next is the stairwell which we will use LED with different colour effects depending on the day etc.
Best approach there is DT.
re the CFL 11w - There have a been a few reviews of various lights in the renew mag of late- grab a copy and see what they say.
Joined: 05 Feb 2007 Posts: 841 Location: West of Melbourne
Based on what we saw, we found the opposite - that CFL downlights were not as bright, and not as wide of a beam (they basically only shone straight down).
We ended up going for the usual halogens at this stage, and once the technology improves we will look at swapping over.
hmmm..Im now back to wondering about led lights instead....
where do they fit into the scheme of things, for the environment, price, light they give out, etc
also do led lights get really hot?
which are the downlights that get really hot and have caused fires when blowin insulation was placed too near to them?
The downlights that run hot are the halogens. From what i've read about leds, the current generation are not bright enough but advances are being made with leds so they might be a solution in the future.
I'm in a similar dilemma, I'm keen on using GU10 downlights as you can use CFLs in them, but I've been told that they do not offer as much light as the 12V MR16s. Other factor is that we have higher ceilings (2.7m) and we've been told that using GU10s would not provide sufficient lighting. Would this be correct? Or would you compensate this with additional downlights? One of the rooms is 4 x 7m and the plan shows 8 d/l, would this be enough if we use GU10s?
Do you have an LED downlight that gives the same light output as a 50W halogen? I'm not talking about light intensity, as a narrow beam will give me a high intensity, but total light output.
Asking the same question a different way, how many lumens does a conventional 50 W quartz halogen give off and how many lumens does your LED light give off, and what is the wattage? Finally, how much would such a light cost and how long would it last?
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