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Thinking of changing to LED?


Before moving forward with any LED lighting upgrade consider the following:

LED lighting can be an expensive option, so make sure that the long life, operating costs and light quality benefits outweigh the initial costs.

To make the most out of an LED lighting upgrade, make sure the LED option can meet and even exceed the performance of the existing lighting it…

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IK (Impact Protection) Rating Explained

The IK (Impact Protection) rating is a code which is used to measure the durability of a specific fixture and the amount of impact it can withstand. IK ratings help classify products by their resistance to impact (kinetic energy). A fixtures IK rating is important when choosing a fixture based on the environment in which it will be used. Analysing…

Ingress Protection Ratings

IP Ratings 1st number 0. No protection. 1. Protection from solid objects greater than 50mm in diameter. 2. Protection from solid objects greater than 12.5mm in diameter. 3. Protection from solid objects greater than 2.5 mm in diameter. 4. Protection from solid objects greater than 1mm in diameter. 5. Protected from sufficient dust not to could cause harm. 6. Totally…

IP Ratings

IP Ratings (“Ingress Protection”) Ingress: The unwanted introduction of water, foreign bodies, contaminants, etc. IP ratings are used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of products against the intrusion of foreign bodies and moisture. The numbers that follow IP each have a specific meaning. The first number indicates the degree of ingress protection from foreign bodies. The second number indicates…

LED Light and Productivity

Companies that understand what drives productivity, produce better products, offer better services and generate higher revenue. One factor influencing productivity light. Cooler light makes workers more productive. The impact is substantial. Though the cost of a lighting renovation project could seem daunting, the energy savings and productivity gains, more than make up for the investment. Ignoring proper lighting in your…

The rated life of a light source

LEDspan’s LEDs have a life expectancy of 70,000 hrs. If you use your lights for 10 hrs a day, 5 days a week, LEDspan’s lights will last over 26 yrs. The rated life of a light source is an estimate of average operational life. The measurement for “rated life” is (Bp) and is measured in hrs, where (p) is a…

LED lighting has many advantages apart from saving you money!

Here are LEDspan’s 10 other reasons to switch to LED.


1. Are recyclable and less harmful to the environment.
2. Cause little or no light pollution.
3. Require very little maintenance as they are long-lasting.
4. Do not attract bugs and insects.
5. Have no annoying humming noises.
6. Immediately switch-on fully with no warm-up time.
7. Do not emit radio frequency interference.
8. Are more durable, flexible…


Lumens is the “new” way of knowing the brightness of a lamp.
Lumens = Light Output. Watt = Power.
The higher the lumen rating the “brighter” the lamp.

With LED technology, more light output (Lumens) can be achieved with less power (Watts). As technology improves, more Lumens will be produced using even less Watts. As a result, using Watts as a guide to…

LED Light Colour Temperature

LED light colour temperature is measured in Kelvin, K. Light fixtures are found in colour temperatures on the Kelvin scale of between 2700K (extra warm incandescent), 3000K (warm white halogen) and 3500K (white fluorescent). Colour temperatures of 4000K (natural white) are typically used for commercial, industrial, hospital and cleanroom applications, as the light is bright and has a bluish daylight…