Low voltage lighting and Mains Halogen recessed lights have come a long way
over recent years and can be used in
a many creative ways. It is often used as a safe option in sensitive areas of
the home such as bathrooms. It can be used to create an atmosphere in a
bedroom, dining area or lounge. Both Low voltage and Mains Halogen
widely available being
quick and easy to install. Below we will try and give you some ideas and uses
for Low Voltage and Mains Recessed Lighting.
The fantastic quality Display lighting that you may see in so many retail
shops, museums, car showrooms and offices is known within the trade as Extra
Low Voltage Lighting but is commonly referred to as low voltage lighting,
although many fitting that you see now are in fact mains versions. It
is this development that has now opened up huge opportunities for the domestic
household environment and existing lighting can be replaced, or added too in
order to create stunning effects with the use of extra low voltage lighting.
and Mains Halogens.
Low voltage lighting generally consists of tungsten halogen lamps that give
two or three times more crisp bright light than that of conventional lamps of
equivalent wattage. The Low Voltage versions are driven by a 12 volt
rather than the 230 – 240 volts needed to run conventional lighting. This
12volt supply is achieved by using a Transformer.
The low voltage
transformers, when used to replace several conventional light fittings can
help to reduce energy consumption by up to 60%. The reduced voltage also has
the effect of increasing the lamps life.
The best Low Voltage and Mains quality branded halogen lamps are fitted into
reflectors with sealed fronts so they can be used safely in bathrooms and
kitchens. These diachronic lamps have good efficient reflectors which give a
bright crisp light output making them ideal for highlighting areas and
individual objects such as your new mono bloc chrome tap set or a fine piece of
Household Lighting can be broken down into three categories. Specific
Lighting, Task operational lighting and General. General lighting gives
overall brightness and illumination to a whole area or room. Task operational
lighting, is light made available for reading, sewing, personal grooming etc
where background the general lighting may be inadequate. Lighting for specific
purpose is intended to highlight features without flooding out to much light
elsewhere. When designing your lighting for any particular area it makes sound
sense to think about the purpose of that room and how you will personally use
the space. Most rooms require a level of general lighting, you can add dimmer
switches or other lighting controllers to further enhance various moods
If you are choosing to use Low Voltage Lighting for a complete room, a good
guide for light out put is one 20W flood beam light per square meter or one
50W light per 1.5 square meters. Allowing half a meter in from the edge of the
room all round. Again all the transformers sold by Online Lighting can be
controlled by dimmer switches allowing you to adjust the light level to suit
Low Voltage Lighting transformers are normally hidden away in the ceiling void
and it is very important to ensure they are in a well ventilated space. Do not
cover them with insulation, as low voltage lamps push the heat out backwards.
Do not position the transformers to near central heating pipes. All Online
lighting transformers are manufactured with a safety thermal cut out which
will operate if the transformer temperature gets too high. The transformers
also have an auto reset mechanism that will automatically reset when the
temperature cools. We also sell a full range of Fireblock low voltage lights
that maintain the fire instrument properties of your plasterboard ceiling all
fittings being compliant with current regulations.
Please be aware that all Bathrooms have strict regulations as to the type of
light fitting that should be used, and in which area of the bathroom. Under
the current regulations, a bathroom is divided into four separate zones 0-1-2-
3. Each zone of the bathroom is related to the position of the water source,
such as the bath tub, shower, hand basin, ceiling and so on. All specific
designed Bathroom lighting is given an IP rating. This IP rating is followed
by a number and the higher both numbers are the better protection a light
fitting has against the ingress of water. If you are unsure about the position
or suitability of any light fitting you should consult a qualified
electrician. More info can be found in our Guide To Bathroom Lighting.
Kitchens also are subject to special wiring regulations and advice should be
sought from a qualified electrician before any installation is undertaken.
Our helpful staff are only a phone call away so if you have any questions or
comments please feel free to contact us at any time.