FAQS

frequently asked questions

Please find responses to your questions below where all sources are checkable.

A spike in the blue spectrum that can interfere with circadian rhythms?

Obviously nothing is ever going to be better than natural light from the sun.

Our LED's produce a natural light that is far safer the fluorescents. The research I have read suggests that blue light is a benefit during the day, it is at night it becomes an issue and usually relates to components that are back lit by LED's including computer, kindles, televisions etc.,

 (See Harvard article highlighted). This article seems to confirm earlier studies by Berkley University into the effects of lighting on students where a natural daylight light (like we sell) improved scholarly performance by up to 25%.

(MAY 2012)  But not all colors of light have the same effect. Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.

Harvard Health Letter 

Home » Newsletters » Harvard Health Letter » May 2012 » Blue light has a dark side

 

From readings there seems to be one conclusion and that is more research needs to done into the

effects of lighting but this will include fluorescents, mercury vapour etc., I assume.

LED's are now standard in Europe with some EU countries banning fluorescents due to the health risks associated with them.

LED's also don't impact on students with neurological disabilities (epilepsy, ADHD etc) as the fluorescent have been proven to.

Health wise I will argue that the benefits of LED lighting far outweigh the negatives and when compared to fluorescent lighting there is no comparison for children's' learning and health.

Also, a quick Google search will provide a multitude of LED health benefits over fluorescents where the negatives are limited to a couple of articles.

 

    · Uneven illumination due to the poor optical quality of the light?

In this respect I respectfully completely disagree and the light coverage is far better than that of the Fluorescent other than the light is directed at 120 degrees to the floor and not the roof. Empirically, I have just installed 42 lights in SPAR supermarket in Wauchope and the difference in lighting is startling, please see the photos attached paying particular attention to the bottom shelves. (Before and after shots). LED's do not fade, flicker or yellow throughout their lifecycle which is rated at its lowest at 50,000 hours at best 75,000 hours.

    · LEDs failing well before there claimed life expectancy.

LED technology has been now been adopted by the car industry as a standard, planes use LED technology so I would again suggest that bad publicity is more due to people buying lights without standards attached. All my lights have Australian (SAA) and World Standards (America, Canada, Japan, EU). I also offer a two year guarantee but to be honest once they are up and running I believe the technology of the individual LED will outshine fluorescents for 50,000 hours.

Q. Are LEDs really cheaper than quartz halogen lights when you pay so much for them?

A.  Yes is the simple answer, the initial cost of purchasing an LED lights may seem expensive but when you take into account your energy savings in the first year these savings negate or are better than equal to the cost of the light, and that's per light. The next thing is that LEDs are rated to last 50,000 hours which in most normal circumstances means the light is a lifetime investment. On the web page you will find a link to calculators on these calculators you can import your own number of lights and it will calculate your savings over the years to come. The price is calculated are at this year's electricity costs not next year's or the year after.

Q. Why are LED lights better than the alternatives?

A. LEDs are longer lasting safer and healthier. LEDs last 10 years, quartz halogen 3 to 5 years, CFL's 2 to 3. LED’s are safer and healthier light emitting diode and therefore do not have mercury vapour or flickering issues which affect people with disabilities (CFL). LEDs operate between 20 to 30°C whilst quartz halogen downlights operate at 120 - 135°C (enough to burn paper).

Q. Why should I buy my LED lights from you and not some other company?

A.  The LEDs you buy from my family run business are guaranteed by a local for two years, the money stays in Australia, we donate money to charities and we rely on word-of-mouth not big buck advertising.

Q. Why is your LED better than others?

A.  I personally tested these LEDs against tens of hundreds of others before organising a sample group (friends and family), to check the colour (not too white not to dull), and brightness. These people I know, they are honest and they would not accept second best in their homes or businesses. My friends are not wealthy people so they are very frugal (some may call tight), with money as it should be, so, they would not put lights into their home that a) they did not like just to please me. b) spend money on lights they did not like just to please me. c) spend the next 10 to 20 years living with lighting they did not like just to please me. d) and yes they did have to pay for them just to please me.

I hope this answers your questions reasonably succinctly and I thank you for them, they are now part of my selling strategy.

Talk soon

Mark Sloane

02 6586 4543