Why Choose LED Lights?

First and foremost, LED lights are very efficient. When compared to traditional lighting technologies, it is normal to save between 50-90% of the energy cost. A traditional 50 halogen downlight is now being replaced by an 8 Watt LED downlight. This is a massive 84% drop in electrical power required to achieve the same output of light.

With LED lights, you have to think differently. Its not about the power input, as measured in Watts, its about the light output, which is measured in lumens and efficiency of the LED light. Therefore, first you need to establish the amount of light required for a particular environment. Then, it is about the efficiency of the luminaire, which is measured in lumens per Watt (i.e. 100Lm/W). Through a process of constant innovation, Lumex has achieved industry leading efficiencies, currently surpassing 100Lm/W on many of its lighting ranges. Furthermore, LED technology

provides an excellent quality of light. With some Lumex LED lighting ranges achieving a colour rendering index rating in excess of 90 (CRI>90), they are suitable for even the most demanding applications such as retail and hospitality environments.

Additionally, the high efficiencies means there is less heat output meaning that some Lumex LED lighting ranges can be safely covered by ceiling insulation. These ranges display the ceiling safe logo.

The HiColour Difference

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Lumex introduces the HiColour difference with its, NovaLED, NovaLED Architectural and NovaLED GEN2 Maxi ranges.These downlights and retail spotlights come with a Colour Rendering Index rating in excess of 90 (CRI>90). The closer the CRI number is to 100, the more accurately the light displays colours as they would appear under bright sunlight.

In the home, hospitality environments and for workplace task lighting a higher CRI is considered better for comfort, safety and productivity. In retail environments, pure colour is vital to bring out the true colours of the displayed products, thus maximising their sales potential.

Ceiling Safe – A Lumex Standard

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In the past, carelessly installed halogen downlights have proven to be a serious fire hazard. With the development of LED lights, which run at much cooler temperatures, this risk has been greatly reduced. However, it has not entirely vanished as some LED products can still reach quite high temperatures.

At Lumex, we take safety very seriously and test all of our recessed products in accordance with the relevant sections of the Australian / New Zealand standard AS/NZS60598 to confirm their suitability and safety. All the Lumex products displaying the Ceiling Safe logo are designed with a very high cooling ratio and are safe to cover with insulation and to come in direct contact with combustible material. Lumex downlights that are Ceiling Safe are the Classico GEN2, NovaLED and NovaLED Architectural ranges.

European Union Energy Label

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Similar to the way electrical appliances are audited for their energy efficiency, so too are luminaires. The European Union energy label is designed to inform consumers about efficient lighting so they can make wiser purchasing decisions. The key to efficient lighting is achieving the right lumen output for a desired application for the least amount of energy used.

As a reputable lighting organisation, Lumex tests its LED luminaires to the stringent European Standards and hence has the right to display the European Union energy label. With industry leading efficiencies of around or surpassing 100Lm/Watt, Lumex LED lights of lights have achieved an A+ classification. At the time of publication, A+ is the highest classification any lighting products can achieve.

International Protection Rating

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The International Protection (IP) rating is an IEC standard (60529) which classifies the degree of protection of electrical enclosures (including light fixtures) against the intrusion of solid objects, dust and water. The first digit (0-6) indicates the level of protection against the intrusion of solid objects, such as fingers, screwdrivers & dust. The second digit (0-8) indicates the level of protection against the ingress of water.

Lumex LED lights comply with the following IP classifications. To ensure a light gives many years of trouble free operation, it is important to ensure a lights IP rating is appropriate for its intended installation.

INGRESS TEST TO IEC60529

IP code First Numeral IP0X IP1X IP2X IP3X IP4X IP5X IP6X
Physical Ingress (object size) mm 0 >50 >12.5 >2.5 >1 Dust Dust tight
IP code Second Numeral IPX0 IPX1 IPX2 IPX3 IP4X IPX5 IPX6 IP7X IPX8
Water Ingress 0 Dripping water Dripping water up to 15 Spraying water Splashing water Water jets Powerful jets Immersion >1m Immersion

 

Physical Ingress (First Numeral)

Level Object size protected against Effective against
0 No protection against contact and ingress of objects
1 >50mm Any large surface of the body, such as the back of a hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part
2 >12.5mm Fingers or similar objects
3 >2.5mm Tools, thick wires, etc.
4 >1mm Most wires, screws, etc.
5 Dust protected Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment.
6 Dust tight No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight)

 

Water Ingress (Second Numeral)

Level Protected against Testing for (IPX) Details
0 Not protected
1 Dripping water Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect. Test duration: 10minutes

Water equivalent to 1mm rainfall per minute

2 Dripping water when tilted up to 15 Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15 from its normal position. Test duration: 10minutes

Water equivalent to 3mm rainfall per minute

3 Spraying water Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60 from the vertical shall have no harmful effect Test duration: 5minutes

Water volume: 0.7litres per minute

Pressure: 80 100kPa

4 Splashing water Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect. Test duration: 5minutes

Water volume: 10litres per minute

Pressure: 80 100 kPa

5 Water jets Water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects Test duration: at least 3minutes

Water volume: 12.5litres per minute

Pressure: 30kPa at distance of 3m

6 Powerful water jets Water projected in powerful jets (12.5mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. Test duration: at least 3minutes

Water volume: 100litres per minute

Pressure: 100kPa at distance of 3m

7 Immersion
up to 1m
Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1m of submersion). Test duration: 30 minutes

The lowest point of enclosures with a height less than 850 mm is located 1000 mm below the surface of the water, the highest point of enclosures with a height equal to or greater than 850 mm is located 150 mm below the surface of the water

8 Immersion beyond 1m The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions, which shall be specified by the manufacturer. However, with certain types of equipment, it can mean that water can enter but only in such a manner that it produces no harmful effects. Test duration: continuous immersion in water

Depth specified by manufacturer, generally up to 3m

Impact Protection

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Ratings that demonstrate the degree of Impact Protection (IK) critical for various types of LED luminaires.

IK ratings are required in specific applications when high impact material provides protection for the enclosed LED configuration

The IK code is an international standard which standardizes and defines the level of resistance of enclosures provided for electronic equipment to mechanical impacts.

IK code IK01 IK02 IK03 IK04 IK05 IK06 IK07 IK08 IK09 IK010
Impact energy (joule) 0.14 0.2 0.35 0.5 0.7 1 2 5 10 20

 

IK code IK01 to IK05 IK06 IK07 IK08 IK09 IK10
Impact energy (joules) <1 1 2 5 10 20
R mm (radius of striking element) 10 10 25 25 50 50
Material polyamide1 polyamide2 steel2 steel2 steel2 steel2
Mass kg 0.2 0.5 0.5 1.7 5 5
Impact Distance mm <5 20 40 20 20 40
Pendulum hammer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spring hammer Yes Yes Yes No No No
Free fall hammer No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

1 R100 Rockwell hardness according to ISO 2039/2
2 Fc 490-2, Rockwell hardness according to ISO 1052

Regulatory Compliance Mark

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The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) indicates a devices compliance with all applicable Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) technical standards that is, telecommunications, radio communications, EMC and EME – and associated record-keeping requirements. A RCM label provides retailers and consumers with an indication that a device is suitable for sale within Australia.